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Second Anniversary of the Arrest of Ales Byalyatski

August 4 marks the second anniversary of the arrest of Ales Byalyatski, Chairman of leading Belarusian human rights organization Vyasna and a winner of the Department of State’s 2011 Human... Read More

U.S. Envoy to Kenya on Importance of Democracy in Africa

International Republican Institute, Kenya, Honorable Speaker Ethuro, Honorable Governors, Honorable Members of Parliament and the Senate, Honorable Members of the East African Legislative Assembly, Honorable Assembly Speakers and Members, Government... Read More

Secretary Kerry and Pakistani Foreign Affairs Advisor Aziz

MODERATOR: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. (Inaudible.) SECRETARY KERRY: Well, thank you very much. As-Salaam Alaikum. It’s a pleasure to be here and I was privileged to be able to... Read More

Meeting of the U.S.-Honduras Bilateral Human Rights Working Group

The United States and Honduras held the second meeting of the Bilateral Human Rights Working Group on July 31 in Washington, D.C. The Working Group was an opportunity for high-level... Read More

Advancing Disability Rights Around the World Through U.S. Department of State Exchanges

Sixty disability and civil society organizations from 20 countries and the United States have been selected to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s Professional Fellows EMPOWER Program. This two-way... Read More

Meeting of the U.S.-Honduras Bilateral Human Rights Working Group

The United States and Honduras will hold a meeting of the Bilateral Human Rights Working Group on July 31 in Washington, D.C. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere... Read More

Addressing the Crisis in South Sudan’s Jonglei State

In response to the political crisis in South Sudan and the deeply troubling violence in Jonglei state, today the White House hosted NGOs and advocacy groups to discuss the situation... Read More

Mali First Round Presidential Elections

The United States congratulates the people of Mali for their enthusiastic participation in the first round of Presidential elections on July 28. We commend the interim government for holding transparent,... Read More

The U.S. at an Informal General Assembly Meeting with the Syria Commission of Inquiry

Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Mr. Pinheiro, for your briefing and for your impassioned plea to the membership today. We deeply appreciate the Commission of Inquiry’s continued efforts... Read More

A Call to Action: Unconventional Approaches To Combat Modern Slavery

Each summer, the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons hosts an event on human trafficking for interns working in the Washington, D.C. area.  This year, the theme... Read More

Readout of Secretary Kerry's Call with South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit

I spoke yesterday with South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit to reiterate the United States’ concerns about the political situation in Juba, as well as the deeply disturbing violence and... Read More

Situation in Egypt

I spoke this morning with Interim Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei, Interim Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy, and European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton and expressed our deep concern about the bloodshed... Read More

The 18th U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue

Building on discussions during the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, July 10-11, the next session of the annual U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue will be held, July 30-31, in Kunming, China. ... Read More

Looking Forward: Thoughts on the Americans With Disabilities Act

Twenty-three years ago this week, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law, which has helped millions of people across the country.  As someone who grew up... Read More

USOSCE Statement on the Adoption of the Mandate of the OSCE Office in Baku

USOSCE on AS DELIVERED The United States is pleased that agreement has been reached with the government of Azerbaijan for the OSCE to maintain its important presence in Baku when... Read More

USOSCE Interpretive Statement on HDIM Pursuant to IV.1(A)6 of the OSCE Rules of Procedure

AS DELIVERED I wish to express the appreciation of the United States for the Chair’s patient efforts to facilitate a compromise enabling participating States to reach consensus on the agenda... Read More

Secretary Sebelius on the 23rd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Today, we celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA has assisted millions of people with disabilities overcome and eliminate barriers in all areas of... Read More

Looking Forward: Thoughts on the Americans With Disabilities Act

Twenty-three years ago today, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law, which has helped millions of people across the country. As someone who grew... Read More

Vermont Man Charged with Obtaining U.S. Citizenship by Failing to Disclose Violent Crimes Committed During the Bosnian Conflict

Edin Sakoc, 54, of Burlington, Vt., was arrested today on charges that he obtained his naturalized citizenship through fraud by failing to disclose his prior acts of persecution and crimes... Read More

USOSCE on the Rule of Law in the Russian Federation in Light of Magnitsky and Navalny Convictions

AS DELIVERED The United States is disappointed and saddened by the posthumous conviction of Sergey Magnitsky on July 11 and by the July 18 conviction and sentence of Alexei Navalny... Read More



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