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USOSCE on National Minorities and Aggressive Nationalism

AS PREPARED Working Session 1: National Minorities and Aggressive Nationalism As the institution of the OSCE High Commissioner for National Minorities enters its third decade, the United States warmly welcomes... Read More

Statement by the Minsk Group on the UPR of Azerbaijan

UPR Report Adoption Intervention for Azerbaijan I have the honor to deliver this statement on behalf of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries, consisting of the United States, the Russian... Read More

U.S. Statement on UPR Report Adoption Intervention for Cuba

The United States welcomes the opportunity to comment on the adoption of the Working Group’s report. We regret that the Cuban delegation dedicated considerable time and attention to distorting the... Read More

President Obama on Standing for Civil Society

Remarks by President Obama at Civil Society Roundtable PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Thank you very much, everybody, for joining us here today.  And I want to offer a few brief remarks in... Read More

Testimony: Examining the Syrian Refugee Crisis

As Prepared Thank you, Madam Chair, Ranking Member Deutch, and Members of this Subcommittee for holding this hearing on the Syrian Refugee Crisis and for calling attention to the enormous... Read More

U.S. Remarks at Launch Ceremony for the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers (ICoC) Association

Let me start by thanking our hosts and acknowledging the critical role that the Swiss Government has played in this initiative since its inception. As most of you know, together... Read More

Ambassador Power at a Security Council Debate on Afghanistan

Thank you, Mr. President. Special Representative Kubiš, thank you for your briefing today. As always, we are grateful to UNAMA’s staff and to the UN country team for the hard... Read More

U.S. on Attack on EULEX in Kosovo

We condemn the attack against the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX), in which a Lithuanian EULEX staff member was killed. We extend our condolences to the... Read More

U.S. Concerned About Recent Decrees Limiting Rights and Freedoms of Political Groups in Bahrain

For the past two years, with the support of the international community, the Bahraini government and opposition groups have been embarking on an important process of dialogue and reform. Recent... Read More

Civil Society and Government Explore How Women Faith Leaders Foster Religious Freedom and Peace

On September 18, 2013, the Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Suzan Johnson Cook, convened 80 participants for a roundtable on Women Religious Leaders and Conflict Prevention. The roundtable... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Proof of Syria's Use of Chemical Weapons

SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. QUESTION: Good afternoon. SECRETARY KERRY: Sorry to keep you waiting. We ran over with our friends from China. QUESTION: (Off-mike.) SECRETARY KERRY: Beg your pardon? ... Read More

U.S. Visit to Kawrgowsk Refugee Camp in Iraq

During his September 18 visit to the Kawrgowsk refugee camp near Erbil, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq Brett McGurk outlined continued U.S. assistance in supporting Syrian refugees, noting... Read More

Interactive Dialogue with the Human Rights Council's Advisory Committee

Thank you Mister President. The United States welcomes this opportunity to address the role of the Advisory Committee. We recognize that the Advisory Committee has offered constructive advice at times,... Read More

Release of Political Prisoners in Iran

We welcome today’s reports that the Iranian Government has released several prisoners of conscience, including human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh. President Rouhani pledged repeatedly during his campaign to restore and... Read More

U.S. on the Second Round of Voting in Maldivian Presidential Elections

The first round of the Maldivian presidential elections on September 7 was widely hailed as a success and represented a victory for the democratic process in Maldives. The Commonwealth, United... Read More

U.S. Statement: Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea

Interactive Dialogue with the Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK (Mr. Michael KIRBY) Mr. President: The United States commends the Commission of Inquiry, under... Read More

U.S. Highlights Countries of Concern to the Human Rights Council

Item 4: General Debate on Human Rights Situations Requiring Council Attention AS DELIVERED Mr. President, The United States remains deeply concerned about deplorable human rights situations, especially in but not... Read More

Highlights: UN Human Rights Council 24

U.S. Statement On Opening Day Of 24th Session Of Human Rights Council - September 9, 2013 UN Human Rights Council 24th Session - photos and videos at U.S. Embassy Geneva ... Read More

Ambassador Power at a General Assembly Session on the Sellstrom Report

68th Session of the UN General Assembly Thank you, Mr. President, for convening this important session on the first day of the 68th Session of the General Assembly, and thank... Read More

Ambassador Power on UN Report on Chemical Weapons in Syria

The Council heard this morning from the Secretary General on the findings of Dr. Sellstrom and his team of chemical weapons experts. Before I say anything else, let me do... Read More


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