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Press Conference on Status of Human Rights in Sri Lanka

AMBASSADOR SISON: I am so pleased to be with you all this evening in order to introduce you to our new Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia, Nisha Biswal. ... Read More

Statement on Secretary of State Kerry’s Phone Call with Ukrainian Opposition Leaders

This morning, Secretary Kerry spoke by phone with political and civil society leaders in the Ukrainian opposition who have been active in the peaceful movement.  The Secretary underscored the United... Read More

'State in 60 Seconds' Video - Standing With Civil Society

One month in, 2014 is shaping up to be a landmark year for civil society. Last September on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama brought together... Read More

Briefing on Geneva II Process and the Overall Situation in Syria

MODERATOR: Good evening, everybody – or good afternoon, I guess, depending on where you are. We’ve just completed the first week of talks here in Geneva between the Syrian and... Read More

UPR 18th Session - Intervention for Comoros

Learn more about the Universal Periodic Review, and see other interventions on the UPR 18th Session page. AS DELIVERED by Eric Richardson The United States welcomes the Comoran delegation. We... Read More

Standing With the People of the Central African Republic for a Stronger Future

Last week, as I flew into Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), what first appeared as a densely populated city came into sharp focus as a sprawling,... Read More

Administrator Shah at the Middle East Instititute Conference on Saving Syria's Civilians

AS PREPARED Good afternoon. Let me begin by saying thank you to everyone who is gathered here today to discuss the urgency of the crisis in Syria and its impact... Read More

Freedom of the Press in China

The United States is deeply concerned that foreign journalists in China continue to face restrictions that impede their ability to do their jobs, including extended delays in processing journalist visas,... Read More

UPR 18th Session - Intervention for Vanuatu

Learn more about the Universal Periodic Review, and see other interventions on the UPR 18th Session page. AS DELIVERED by Aleksandra Needham, Political Specialist Thank you Mr. Vice President. The... Read More

Holocaust Remembrance: A Special Screening of 'There Was Once'

The horrors of the Holocaust continue to reverberate some 70 years later. As I reflect on all the lives lost and others irreparably changed, I know the story has to... Read More

UPR 18th Session - Intervention for Macedonia

Learn more about the Universal Periodic Review, and see other interventions on the UPR 18th Session page. AS DELIVERED by Valerie Ullrich, Political Officer Thank you Mr. President,   The... Read More

Funding for Election Support Team to Afghanistan

The United States would like to thank the Secretary General for raising the issue of the ODIHR Election Support Team to Afghanistan, and Finland for its contribution to this effort. ... Read More

USOSCE Response to Russia on Sochi Olympics: Use Games to Show Commitment to Rights and Freedoms

I take the opportunity to return briefly to an issue raised last week by the distinguished representative of the Russian Federation—the XXII Olympic Winter Games to be held in Sochi... Read More

Ambassador Power at the 80th Anniversary of the University in Exile

Greetings to you all. I am delighted and most honored to be here and be part of this event, to see so many friends. I don’t get out much, in... Read More

Response to Ambassador Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross

The United States joins others in warmly welcoming Ambassador Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross. We honor the work that the ICRC has done over... Read More

USOSCE Statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. International Holocaust Remembrance Day was Monday, January 27.The date marks the anniversary of the 1945 liberation by Soviet forces of the largest German Nazi death camp... Read More

Statement on President Obama’s Remarks on the Review of Signals Intelligence

On January 17, President Obama addressed the world on the United States’ review of its signals intelligence programs. The President announced the adoption of a series of concrete, substantial reforms... Read More

OSCE Response to the EU and Others Regarding the Executions of Edgar Tamayo Arias in Texas and Dennis McGuire in Ohio

The United States respects the concerns of the European Union and others expressed here today, but reminds the Permanent Council that the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to... Read More

OSCE Response on Events in Ukraine: Continue Working with Opposition and Civil Society

The United States applauds Chairman-in-Office Burkhalter’s efforts to encourage a peaceful solution in Ukraine by offering OSCE expertise, assistance, and mediation. Sustained international engagement and support will be necessary to... Read More

USOSCE Response to Address by Foreign Minister of Austria Sebastian Kurz

Mr. Minister, the irony of us welcoming you to this house today is not lost upon us, but that welcome is sincere and it is warm. Thank you for taking... Read More



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