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Statement on the 25th Anniversary of 8-8-88 Uprising

Yangon – On August 8, U.S. Ambassador Derek Mitchell attended the 8888 Silver Jubilee ceremony at the Myanmar Convention Center and released the following statement: “On this day, 25 years... Read More

Remarks at the Launch of the Office for Engagement With Faith-Based Communities

SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you very much. Good morning, everybody. Please be seated. Thank you very, very much. Sorry to be a moment late. I apologize. Really delighted to be here... Read More

Secretary Kerry and EU High Representative Ashton on Egypt

In the spirit of supporting Egypt’s democratic transition, two senior representatives of the United States and the EU, Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns and Special Representative for the Southern... Read More

President Obama on the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

Michelle and I send our warmest greetings to Muslims celebrating Eid al-Fitr here in the United States and around the world. During the past month, Muslims have honored their faith... Read More

U.S. Statement on Expulsion of UNHCR Staff in Darfur

AS PREPARED The United States joins the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in urging the Government of Sudan to immediately renew the necessary work permits for... Read More

Secretary Kerry Convenes Partners of the Global Equality Fund

As part of the Department’s overall strategy to support the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons, Secretary Kerry met with the Partners of the Global Equality... Read More

Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power Before the Presentation of Credentials to the UN Secretary General

Ambassador Power: Hello everybody. I'm Samantha Power. I'm totally delighted to be here-so honored, so thrilled to have started work as the U.S. Ambassador to United Nations. As many of... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Zimbabwe’s Presidential Election

Zimbabweans voted in their country’s first national elections this week since the violent and disputed polls in 2008. These elections were an opportunity for Zimbabwe to move forward on a... Read More

Remarks of Acting Assistant Secretary Zeya at Press Conference on 18th U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue

ACTING ASSISTANT SECRETARY ZEYA: Good afternoon. On Tuesday and Wednesday this week, we participated in the 18th round of the U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue hosted by China’s Ministry of Foreign... Read More

Secretary Kerry Announcement on Visa Changes for Same-Sex Couples

SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you. Well, thanks for gathering, I know on relatively short notice. I really appreciate it. One of the – first of all, it’s great to be in... Read More

Secretary Kerry Remarks with United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Before Their Meeting

SECRETARY KERRY: Welcome, everybody. I’ll say a couple – do you want to say anything? Let me just say it’s a great pleasure for me to meet with Sheikh Abdullah,... Read More

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



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