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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

USOSCE Statement on Roma

AS DELIVERED Mr. Chairman, I take the floor to convey my government’s concern about several recent reports of incidents that highlight the need for decisive, broad-based action by participating States... Read More

USOSCE Response to the Russian Federation on Extradition

AS DELIVERED We wish to thank the Russian Federation for raising the issue of extradition. As a matter of policy, the US government does not comment on specific extradition cases.... Read More

USOSCE on Notification of Planned Visit to Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility by ODIHR

AS DELIVERED The United States would like to inform the Permanent Council that the United States Department of Defense plans to host a delegation from ODIHR for a visit to... Read More

USOSCE Response to the CIO Report on Helsinki +40 Working Group

AS DELIVERED We thank the Ukrainian Chairmanship for its effort to move the Helsinki +40 process forward. In particular, we appreciate the Chairmanship’s perception and Food for Thought papers and... Read More

Meeting on Religious Freedom in Vietnam

The State Department hosted a meeting to discuss religious freedom with members of the delegation traveling with Vietnamese President Sang on Wednesday, July 24. Participants included Vietnamese government officials, representatives... Read More

Remarks by the President at Iftar Dinner

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Good evening, everybody. Please have a seat. Let me begin by saying welcome to all of you. I’m so glad that all of you were able... Read More

Presidential Proclamation on the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act 2013

More than two centuries ago, our forebears began an unending journey to form a more perfect Union. Twenty-three years ago, we took a historic step down that path with the... Read More

Remarks by President Obama and President Truong Tan Sang of Vietnam after Bilateral Meeting

PRESIDENT OBAMA: It is my pleasure to welcome President Truong Tan Sang to the White House and to the Oval Office for his first bilateral meeting with me. This represents... Read More

U.S. Trade Representative Froman and Bangladesh Ambassador Agree to Initiate Discussions on Worker Rights and Safety

United States Trade Representative Michael Froman and Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States Akramul Qader agreed today in Washington to initiate discussions on the actions to be taken to address... Read More


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