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U.S. Statement On Opening Day of 24th Session Of Human Rights Council

Item 2: General Debate Thank you, Mr.  President. The United States commends the High Commissioner for Human Rights and her office for their important work to safeguard human rights around... Read More

Joint Statement on the Human Rights Situation in Bahrain

Switzerland read the following joint statement on the opening day of the 24th Session of the Human Rights Council on behalf of 47 co-sponsoring countries including the United States. Mr.... Read More

National Security Advisor Rice on Syria

As Prepared Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you, Anne-Marie, for your kind words and for the invitation to be here today.  And thank you for your principled leadership—both in government, where... Read More

U.S. on Presidential Elections in Maldives

We congratulate the Maldivian people on concluding the first round of their presidential election on September 7. The very high voter turnout showed the strong commitment of the people of... Read More

Secretary Kerry and French Foreign Minister Fabius on Syria

FOREIGN MINISTER FABIUS: (Via interpreter) — Kerry. I would like to commend both your energy and your ability to convince as well as your very reliable judgment or point of... Read More

Fact Sheet: U.S. Government Assistance to Syria

The United States supports the Syrian people’s aspirations for a democratic, inclusive, and unified post-Asad Syria. The Asad regime, reinforced by Hezbollah and Iranian fighters, has turned the full force... Read More

A Yes Vote of Conscience for the World's Red Line

I'm sometimes asked how, as someone who testified 42 years ago against the Vietnam War in which I had fought, I could testify in favor of action to hold the... Read More

Ambassador Power on Syria at the Center for American Progress

AS DELIVERED Good afternoon. I’m very glad to be back in Washington this afternoon, and among so many friends here at the Center for American Progress. As you know, my... Read More

Joint Statement on Syria at the G20 Summit in Russia

The Leaders and Representatives of Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States of America made the following statement... Read More

U.S. on Situation at Camp Ashraf in Iraq

We are continuing to follow with urgency the situation at Camp Ashraf in Iraq. The United States reiterates its condemnation of the horrific attack that took place on September 1... Read More

President Obama Addressing Civil Society Leaders in St. Petersburg, Russia

I just want to say thank you to all the participants in this roundtable. This is an incredible and very diverse group of civil society leaders. And this is something... Read More

Ambassador Wohler Op-ed, Free Media: The Cornerstone of Democracy

The global media landscape is undergoing more rapid and extreme change now than at any other time in modern history, with technological advances and the forces of globalization altering how... Read More

White House on Senate Committee Action on Syria

This afternoon, on a bipartisan basis, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a resolution authorizing U.S. military action in Syria. We commend the Senate for moving swiftly and for working... Read More

USOSCE Response to the Report of Major General M. Torres, Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for Article IV of Annex 1B of the Dayton Peace Accords

The United States warmly welcomes Major General Torres to the Permanent Council, and thanks him both for his excellent stewardship over Article IV and for his detailed presentation today. We... Read More

USOSCE Response to the Report by the Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, Ambassador Jean-Claude Schlumberger

AS DELIVERED The United States joins in welcoming Ambassador Schlumberger to the Permanent Council and we thank him for his comprehensive report. A tremendous amount of progress has occurred since... Read More

USOSCE Response to the Report by the Chairs of the Security Committee, the Economic and Environmental Committee, and the Human Dimension Committee

AS DELIVERED We too welcome to the Permanent Council the three committee chairs, and thank them for their hard work since their last report to the Permanent Council. We thank... Read More

Ambassador Power at the Security Council Stakeout on Syria, Russia

Good afternoon. It's great to be here. As part of the United States’ ongoing consultations with international partners, allies, and the broader international community, today the U.S. Mission hosted a... Read More

Discussing the Role of Women in Burma, Mon State

From September 5 - 6, 2013, Deputy Chief of Mission, Virginia Murray, and Embassy officials were in Mon State as part of a regular series of visits throughout the country... Read More

Secretary Kerry Testifies on Syria Before the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee

Mr. Chairman, thank you very much, Ranking Member Engel – as the Chairman said, an early congressional leader on Syria – and to all the members of the committee. Let... Read More

Joint Statement by President Obama and Prime Minister Reinfeldt of Sweden

Key Excerpt: We affirmed our joint commitment to protect the human rights of LGBT persons globally through support to the Global Equality Fund. Launched in 2011, the Fund assists civil... Read More


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