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Testimony: Democracy and Human Rights In the Context of the Asia Rebalance

Chairman Cardin, Ranking Member Rubio, and distinguished Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today with my colleague Dan Baer to testify on the... Read More

U.S. Looks Forward to Enhanced Cooperation on Vital Issue of Combatting Religious Intolerance

Combating Intolerance (Resolution 16/18) AS DELIVERED by Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe The United States joins consensus on this important resolution on combating intolerance, discrimination, and violence on the basis of... Read More

Statement on Upcoming Local Elections in Macedonia

AS DELIVERED The United States calls the Permanent Council’s attention to the local elections being held this coming Sunday, March 24, in Macedonia. We were pleased to see that leaders... Read More

U.S. District Judge Revokes Beatrice Munyenyezis U.S. Citizenship

On February 21, 2013, in Concord, New Hampshire, U.S. District Judge Steven McAuliffe revoked Beatrice Munyenyezi’s U.S. citizenship after a jury convicted her on two criminal counts of procuring citizenship... Read More

Now is the Moment for Haiti to Achieve a New Era of Democratic Governance and Accountability

Item 10: ID with the Independent Expert for Haiti AS DELIVERED by Erik Richardson Mr. President, The United States thanks the Independent Expert, Michel Forst, for his work on Haiti... Read More

Remarks by Ambassador Susan E. Rice on Stabilization in Haiti

AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Acting Special Representative Fisher for your briefing. I would also like to welcome Guatemalan Foreign Minister Carrera, a fellow member of... Read More

Freeing of Journalist by Somali Supreme Court

The United States welcomes the Somali Supreme Court's March 17 decision overturning the conviction of Somali journalist Abdiasis Abdinur Ibrahim for interviewing a woman who alleged rape by Somali security... Read More

U.S. Releases First Ever Voluntary Principles Report

Over the last 13 years, governments, major multinational corporations, and non-governmental organizations have worked together in the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights Initiative, in an effort to make... Read More

U.S. Gravely Concerned About Reports of Crimes Against Vulnerable Migrants and Refugees

Item 8: General Statement AS DELIVERED Mr. President, The United States is concerned about the vulnerability of migrants, including women, children and migrants in crisis situations.  We call upon countries... Read More

U.S. Remains Extremely Troubled by HRC’s Continued Biased and Disproportionate Focus on Israel

Item 7: General Debate AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. The goal of the United States remains a comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East. Ending the underlying conflict... Read More

Addressing the Syrian Humanitarian Crisis

The two-year anniversary of the Syria uprising coincides with another dark milestone: over one million refugees have fled Syria. More troubling, half of that number arrived in the last two... Read More

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Must be Protected

When Maria da Penha’s husband shot her in the back, leaving her paraplegic, it was the culmination of years of domestic abuse. In her battle for justice, she was fortunate... Read More

President Obama’s Nowruz Message to the Iranian People

  Dorood. As you and your families come together to celebrate Nowruz, I want to extend my best wishes on this new spring and new year. Around the world, and... Read More

Ambassador Rice on the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

AS DELIVERED I enthusiastically welcome the adoption of strong Agreed Conclusions at the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. This year’s Commission focused on the global... Read More

Remarks on Human Rights, Rule of Law, and Civil Society in Bahrain

I am grateful for the opportunity to visit Bahrain to discuss issues of mutual interest and importance to our two countries. Bahrain has been an important partner and friend of... Read More

Response to Address by Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation H.E. Aleksey Y. Meshkov

AS DELIVERED BY Ambassador Ian Kelly Deputy Foreign Minister Meshkov. Your presence here today demonstrates both the value that the Russian Federation places on the OSCE and the important role... Read More

U.S. Mission to the UN: Explanation of Position on the Agreed Conclusions of the 57thSession of the Commission on the Status of Women

Madame Chair, The United States welcomes today's adoption of the Agreed Conclusions on the theme of the elimination of violence against women and girls. This agreement is a testament to... Read More

Statement on the OSCE Office in Baku

We note the request by the Government of Azerbaijan to change the mandate of the OSCE Office in Baku. The current mandate of the Office in Baku, which was renewed... Read More

OSCE Response to Report by ODIHR Director, Janez Lenarčič

AS DELIVERED BY Ambassador Ian Kelly Ambassador Lenarčič, welcome back to the Permanent Council and thank you for your report. The United States takes this opportunity to reaffirm our support... Read More

Remarks on Regional Economic Integration in Afghanistan

I appreciate the opportunity to speak today and commend the OSCE for advancing itself as a possible platform for greater cooperation and dialogue between Central Asian states and Afghanistan. And... Read More


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