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Shining a Light on the Dark Ways of Corruption

The international community has come a long way from the days when corruption was a “necessary evil” --mentioned in hushed tones or accepted as an immutable cultural practice. Yet, much... Read More

Ambassador Baer Closing Statement at the OSCE Ministerial Council

At this significant moment for Ukraine, you have hosted and led us through a productive Ministerial. Allow me to comment on some of the progress we’ve made together, as well... Read More

Release of U.S. Citizen from the DPRK

This positive decision by the DPRK throws into sharper relief the continuing detention of Mr. Kenneth Bae, who has been in DPRK custody for over a year. We call on... Read More

U.S. Support of French Military Actions in the Central African Republic

The United States commends yesterday’s actions by French military forces, in coordination with regional forces, to begin the process of restoring security to the people of the Central African... Read More

Mandela Was an Inspiration and a Model

You don't meet a lot of people in this world who leave you with a feeling that can only be described as awe. He was a hero to my wife... Read More

Ambassador Power at a Security Council Stakeout on the Central African Republic

Ambassador Power: Hi, everybody. Today’s UN resolution marks a very important moment in the Council’s response to the crisis in the Central African Republic. It reflects our shared belief that... Read More

U.S. on Deteriorating Situation in the Central African Republic

The United States is appalled by today’s reports of the murder of innocent women and children outside of Bangui. This horrifying account is the latest in a string of reports... Read More

U.S. Intervention at the Kyiv OSCE Ministerial: First Plenary Session

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Thank you, colleagues. What a moment this is for Ukraine, what a moment this is for the OSCE.  The whole world is watching.  All the principles... Read More

Ambassador Power on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Twenty-three years ago, the United States became the first country in the world to adopt legislation banning discrimination against people with disabilities by passing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Death of Nelson Mandela

Madiba’s 'long walk to freedom' gave new meaning to courage, character, forgiveness, and human dignity. Now that his long walk has ended, the example he set for all humanity lives... Read More

President Obama on the Death of Nelson Mandela

THE PRESIDENT: At his trial in 1964, Nelson Mandela closed his statement from the dock saying, “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I... Read More

Ambassador Power on the Death of Nelson Mandela

Today, an eloquent voice has been silenced, a beautiful mind stilled, and a bountiful heart stopped. The epic soul of Nelson Mandela is now at rest. It is routine to... Read More

White House on the Central African Republic

In recent weeks, government affiliated armed groups and independent “self-defense” militias in the Central African Republic have committed shocking and horrific atrocities against innocent civilians that demand a swift response... Read More

Vice President Biden at a Breakfast with the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing and the U.S.-China Business Council

THE VICE PRESIDENT: (Applause.) Thank you very much. And I'm so late you probably thought you were going to hear from the 48th Vice President of the United States. (Laughter.) ... Read More

National Security Advisor Rice Remarks - Human Rights: Advancing American Interests and Values

Good afternoon, everyone.  And thank you so much Elisa for your incredibly kind introduction, but even more I want to thank you for your long career fighting the good fight,... Read More

Fact Sheet: Obama Administration Leadership on International Human Rights

The White House Office of the Press Secretary December 4, 2013 “People everywhere long for the freedom to determine their destiny; the dignity that comes with work; the comfort that... Read More

Testimony: Oversight of U.S. Policy Toward Burma

Introduction Chairman Chabot, Ranking Member Faleomavaega, and distinguished Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today about U.S. policy toward Burma and the important transition that... Read More

Ambassador Power at the Global Fund Replenishment Conference

Thank you, Minister Mboi and good morning to you all. It’s a great honor for me to speak with you this morning as you kick off your day. The video... Read More

Presidential Proclamation: International Day of Persons With Disabilities 2013

Nearly a quarter century has gone by since our Nation passed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a landmark civil rights bill that enshrined the principles of inclusion, access, and... Read More

Secretary Kerry on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

It is my great pleasure to join the world’s one billion persons with disabilities in recognizing the 21st International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Here in the United States, we’ve... Read More


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