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Advancing Disability Rights Worldwide Through Exchanges

President Obama has proclaimed that international disability rights should be at the heart of our nation’s foreign policy.  The State Department has put that declaration to work in our public... Read More

Ambassador Donahoe Media Stakeout Before Urgent Debate on Syria

Highlights: UN Human Rights Council 23rd Session Ambassador Donahoe: Good morning. I’d like to open with a few general comments about the current session and then we’ll turn to the... Read More

U.S. Statement at UN Rights Council Urgent Debate on Syria

Highlights: UN Human Rights Council 23rd Session AS DELIVERED The United States stands with the Syrian people and members of the international community in calling for an immediate end to... Read More

U.S. Statement on Clustered Interactive Dialogue on Extrajudicial, Summary, and Arbitrary Killing and IDPs

AS DELIVERED ESA The United States thanks the Special Rapporteur for presenting his report on what he calls lethal autonomous robotics (“LARs”) and what we would refer to as autonomous... Read More

U.S. Statement at the Panel: Role of the UN in Promoting Business and Human Rights

Highlights: UN Human Rights Council 23rd Session Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America to the Human Rights Council at the Panel: Role of the United Nations... Read More

U.S. Statement on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights

Highlights: UN Human Rights Council 23rd Session Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona AS DELIVERED Thank you Madame Vice President. The... Read More

Remarks to the Press by Vice President Biden and Colombian President Santos, Bogota, Colombia

PRESIDENT SANTOS:  (As interpreted.)  Good afternoon, everyone.  First of all, I would like to warmly welcome Vice President Joe Biden on behalf of the 47 million Colombians.  I would like... Read More

Fact Sheet: Second U.S.-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue

Read more: Joint Statement of the Second U.S.-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy R. Sherman and Bangladeshi Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque co-chaired the second... Read More

Joint Statement of the Second U.S.-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue

Fact Sheet: Second U.S.-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy R. Sherman and Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque co-chaired the Second Bangladesh-U.S. Partnership Dialogue in... Read More

U.S. Statement on Opening Day of 23rd Session of Human Rights Council

Highlights: UN Human Rights Council 23rd Session Item 2: General Debate AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. The United States commends the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights... Read More

U.S. Statement at HRC Debate on Health and the Human Rights of Migrants

Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteurs on the Right of Everyone to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Physical and Mental Health and on the Human Rights of... Read More

Secretary Kerry to Special Program on Breaking the Impasse, World Economic Forum

SECRETARY KERRY: Klaus, thank you very much for a very generous introduction. And it is wonderful to be here with all of you. I have enjoyed participating in the World... Read More

Administration Eases Financial and Investment Sanctions on Burma

The Burma Responsible Investment Reporting Requirements have received final approval from the Office of Management and Budget and have taken effect. The first submissions in response to the Reporting Requirements,... Read More

President Obama Speaks on Counterterrorism Policies

It’s an honor to return to the National Defense University. Here, at Fort McNair, Americans have served in uniform since 1791– standing guard in the early days of the Republic,... Read More

Final Burma Responsible Investment Reporting Requirements

The Burma Responsible Investment Reporting Requirements have received final approval from the Office of Management and Budget and have taken effect. More information can be found in Department of Treasury... Read More

Video Remarks to Anti-Defamation League's Centennial Summit 2013

It's my great pleasure to congratulate all of you -- the committed men and women of the Anti-Defamation League -- on the ADL's remarkable 100 years of service to our... Read More

Ambassador-at-Large Suzan Johnson Cook on the 2012 International Religious Freedom Report

AS DELIVERED Good morning. The 2012 International Religious Freedom Report provides a factual rendering of the status of religious freedom around the world. Religious freedom is essential for a stable,... Read More

Upholding Religious Freedom

During my travels on behalf of the Department of State, people sometimes ask, "Why does the Department of State expend so much effort to chronicle the status of religious freedom... Read More

Secretary Kerry on the Release of the International Religious Freedom Report

MS. PSAKI: Good morning, everyone. So, thank you for joining us for the release of the 2012 International Religious Freedom Report. The Secretary will make some brief remarks, and then... Read More

On-the-Record Briefing on the Release of the 2012 International Religious Freedom Report

AMBASSADOR COOK: Thank you, Mr. Secretary. It’s an honor to serve you. Good morning. The 2012 International Religious Freedom Report provides a factual rendering of the status of religious freedom... Read More



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