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OSCE Ambassadors and U.S. Helsinki Commission Reaffirm Human Rights During Memorial Visit to Auschwitz

On September 21, 2014, U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security Cooperation Europe (OSCE) Ambassador Daniel Baer, joined by U.S. Ambassador to Austria, Alexa Wesner, will lead a group... Read More

USOSCE on Detention of Eston Kohver in Russia

The United States expresses its deep concern over the ongoing detention of Eston Kohver by Russian authorities and calls on Russia to expedite Mr. Kohver’s safe return to Estonia. On... Read More

USOSCE on Intimidation of Civil Society Increasing in Hungary

Three months ago, on June 19, the United States addressed the Permanent Council regarding an apparent campaign of intimidation directed toward civil society and independent media in Hungary. I regret... Read More

Fact Sheet: U.S. Support for Ukraine

The United States is firmly committed to supporting Ukraine as it works to establish security and stability, respond to humanitarian and reconstruction needs, conduct democratic elections and carry out constitutional... Read More

Ambassador Baer Response to Foreign Minister of Slovakia

Ambassador Baer Response to Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák of Slovakia The United States warmly welcomes Minister Lajčák to the Permanent Council. Thank you, Mr. Minister, for taking the time to... Read More

Ambassador Baer Response to the Report by Head of OSCE Presence in Albania

Ambassador Baer Response to the Report by Ambassador Florian Raunig Head of OSCE Presence in Albania The United States welcomes Ambassador Raunig to the Permanent Council, and we appreciate his... Read More

U.S. Statement at the Adoption of the Working Group Report of the UPR of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

As Delivered by Divya Khosla Thank you, Mr. Vice-President, The United States welcomes the return of the delegation of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and appreciates the opportunity to... Read More

Ambassador Baer on the Detention of Zinaida Mukhortova in Kazakhstan

The United States is deeply concerned that Zinaida Mukhortova, a Kazakhstani lawyer and human rights defender, was detained on July 2 and involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility in Balkhash. ... Read More

Joint Statement on National Dialogue in Sudan

The members of the Troika (the United States, the United Kingdom, and Norway) welcome recent efforts to reinvigorate a process of genuine national dialogue in Sudan. As the country confronts... Read More

Ambassador Baer Response to Report by Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan, Chief of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine

The United States warmly welcomes Ambassador Apakan back to the Permanent Council and thanks him for his report on a Mission that has become an example of this Organization’s capacity... Read More

Ambassador Baer on Detained Ukrainian Citizens in Russia

The United States joins the European Union, Canada, and Ukraine in expressing concern over the continued detention of Ukrainian citizens in Russia. At a time when signatories of the Minsk... Read More

U.S. Concerned by Threats to Freedom of Expression in OSCE Region

The United States shares the concern raised by our EU colleagues on the continued threats to freedom of expression. We particularly note the recent case of an attack on Ksenia... Read More

Ambassador Baer on Ongoing Violations of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation and the Situation in Ukraine

The United States condemns, in the strongest terms, Russia’s direct military intervention in eastern Ukraine, its continuing efforts to destabilize the country, and its ongoing occupation of Crimea. Despite the... Read More

The ISIS Threat: Weighing the Obama Administration's Response

 Well, thank you very much, Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel, all the members of the committee. It’s my privilege to be here today. I’m glad to have this opportunity. Let... Read More

Ambassador Froman on Labor Enforcement Case Against Guatemala

“Today, I’m joined by President Trumka of the AFL-CIO, Ranking Member Levin, Representatives Becerra and Price, and Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu to announce that this Administration is once... Read More

Ambassador Power at a Security Council Debate on Afghanistan

Special Representative Kubis, thank you for your briefing today and for your ongoing leadership in challenging circumstances. We wish you all the best and are grateful to you for your... Read More

President Obama and President Poroshenko of Ukraine After Bilateral Meeting

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Well, it is a great pleasure to welcome President Poroshenko to the Oval Office.  He and I have been working together a lot over the last several months. ... Read More

Under Secretary Sewall on Protecting International Religious Freedom

As Prepared Chairman Chaffetz, Ranking Member Tierney, and Members of the Committee, Thank you for this opportunity to appear before you today and to provide details on how the Obama... Read More

Testimony: Secretary Kerry Opening Remarks on the U.S. Strategy to Defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant

SECRETARY KERRY: Well, Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker, and members of the committee, my friends and former colleagues, I really thank you for holding this hearing on an issue that... Read More

Clustered Interactive Dialogue on Indigenous People

HRC 27, Agenda Item 3, Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Indigenous People and the EMRIP Chair Thank you, Mr. Vice-President. We commend EMRIP’s access to justice study... Read More


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