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Ambassador Power Remarks with Representatives of Nigerian Civil Society Organizations

Thank you, I am very pleased to be here and delighted to meet you all. There is a lot to discuss today, and I am, above all, here to listen... Read More

Op-Ed for International Migrants Day 2013: Migrants Need Protecting

They are scattered around the world, but they are valuable members of their communities. They are often absent, but their efforts mean families can build houses, put children through school,... Read More

U.S. Intervention Delivered at the 10th Annual G-8-BMENA Forum for the Future

It is an honor to represent the United States at this year’s Forum for the Future and a pleasure to be back in Egypt. On behalf of Secretary Kerry, I... Read More

Testimony: Responding to the Humanitarian, Security, and Governance Crisis in the Central African Republic

Thank you Chairman Coons, Ranking Member Flake and other members for the opportunity to testify before you today on this urgent matter. I very much appreciate your interest and your... Read More

HRC Will Expedite Appointment of Independent Expert on Human Rights in the Central African Republic

The United States welcomes the proposals in the Human Rights Council (HRC) today that will expedite the appointment of an Independent Expert for the Central African Republic in recognition of... Read More

Secretary Kerry Joint Press Availability With Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh

MODERATOR: (Via interpreter) Excellency John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh, ladies and gentlemen, correspondents; you may now have the... Read More

Chile Presidential Elections

We congratulate Dr. Michelle Bachelet on her election as the next President of Chile, based on the preliminary results issued by Chile’s electoral authorities. The Chilean people have once again... Read More

One Year Anniversary of Lao Civil Society Leader Sombath Somphone's Disappearance

The United States remains deeply concerned over the fate of Sombath Somphone, one of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic’s most respected civil society figures, on the one-year anniversary of his... Read More

Secretary Kerry to Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam

SECRETARY KERRY: Mr. Ambassador, David, thank you very, very much. And thank you so much for your great leadership these past years. Xin chao, Vietnam. I’m very, very happy to... Read More

Youth and Human Rights

AS PREPARED Thank you, Nicole, for that kind introduction. It’s a true honor to be here at CSIS – and with such an impressive crowd, both in this beautiful new... Read More

Excerpt on Pastor Abedini from the White House Press Briefing December 13, 2013

Read full transcript on whitehouse.gov “President Obama raised Mr. Levinson's case in his phone call with President Rouhani, in addition to the cases of detained American citizens Saeed Abedini and... Read More

Video Message on the Disabilities Treaty

Hi everyone. I’m Uzra Zeya, the acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the U.S. Department of State. I’m here today to talk with... Read More

Ambassador Baer Response to the OSCE Report on Gender Issues

Response to the Report of June Zeitlin, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on Gender Issues All human beings have, and should enjoy, the same human rights and fundamental freedoms. ... Read More

Ambassador Baer on Elections in Kosovo

The United States joins with others in congratulating the people of Kosovo for the completion of the historic elections there over the past month. Throughout the first round on November... Read More

Ambassador Baer on Events in Ukraine

The United States calls for a peaceful solution to the political crisis in Ukraine and is deeply concerned by events at Kyiv’s Independence Square on December 11. The Ukrainian government’s... Read More

Ambassador Baer on International Human Rights Day and Human Rights Week 2013

President Obama noted this week that six and a half decades ago, delegates from around the world convened to adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, rejecting the notion that... Read More

Ambassador Baer on European Union Court of Justice Ruling on Same-Sex Partnerships

Mr. Chairman, This morning the European Union’s highest court, the EU Court of Justice, set an EU-wide standard holding that in EU countries where gay and lesbian couples cannot marry,... Read More

Ambassador Baer to Russian Federation Statement on International Human Rights Day and Human Rights Week

Mr. Chairman, If you will allow me to make three quick points. First, with respect to the statement of the distinguished representative of the Russian Federation, some issues mentioned relate... Read More

Ambassador Baer on the Report of Astrid Thors, OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities

The United States warmly welcomes High Commissioner on National Minorities Astrid Thors for her first presentation to the Permanent Council. Madame High Commissioner, we thank you for your comprehensive report... Read More

U.S. on Civilian Massacres in Syria

We condemn in the strongest possible terms the recent massacres of Syrian civilians in the Qalamoun region and elsewhere. Scores of civilians, many of them children, have again fallen victim... Read More


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