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The Disabilities Treaty: Opening the World to Americans with Disabilities

As the United States celebrates the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act this week, Secretary of State John Kerry met today with senior representatives of veterans, religious, business,... Read More

A Year of Highlights for High School Students with Disabilities

This academic year (2012-2013), 30 FLEX, YES and A-SMYLE students with disabilities traveled thousands of miles from home to learn, grow, and contribute to their American host communities. Here are... Read More

Empowered to Live Life to the Fullest

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) stands as an advocate for the universal rights of all persons around the world. ECA’s EMPOWER Programs, a series of four separate... Read More

Disability is Diversity: Dr. Christie L. Gilson Shares her Story

In March 2012, President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Christie L. Gilson, an Assistant Professor of Education at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to serve on the J. William Fulbright Foreign... Read More

First Sports Envoys with Disabilities Travel to China to Advance Disability Rights and Inclusion

Click above images to enlarge and scroll through photo album. #cboxTitle {float: left; display: block; line-height:15px; width:80%;} Addressing the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities in China has emerged... Read More

Secretary Kerry Op-Ed: Our Disabled Deserve Access Abroad

Secretary Kerry's op-ed published by USA Today on why the U.S. must ratify global treaty that gives the handicapped the same rights they have at home. The full text of... Read More

U.S. Government on Labor Rights and Factory Safety in Bangladesh

The following is a joint statement by the Department of State, the Department of Labor, and the Office of the United States Trade Representative: Today, the United States is outlining... Read More

Ambassador Kelly Response to the Head of the OSCE Office in Yerevan, Ambassador Andrey Sorokin

AS DELIVERED The United States welcomes Ambassador Andrey Sorokin back to the Permanent Council and thanks him for his comprehensive report. The United States strongly supports the work of the... Read More

Ambassador Kelly on Azerbaijan’s Criticism of ODIHR’s Needs Assessment Mission Report for the Presidential Elections

AS DELIVERED Mr. Chairman, We also do not question the right of Azerbaijan to make comments on ODIHR’s Needs Assessment Mission (NAM) report but we would also like to reiterate... Read More

Ambassador Kelly on the Release of Former Minister of Culture in Turkmenistan

AS DELIVERED The United States Government welcomes the recent release of Turkmenistan’s former Minister of Culture Geldimurat Nurmuhammedov. Mr. Nurmuhammedov, who had been detained at a treatment center for drug... Read More

USOSCE Response to Dimitry Mezentsev, Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

AS DELIVERED The United States welcomes Mr. Dimitry Mezentsev, Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), to the Permanent Council today and thanks him for his presentation of the... Read More

The U.S. on the Conviction and Sentencing of Alexey Navalniy and Pyotr Ofitserov

We are very disappointed by the conviction and sentencing of opposition leader Aleksey Navalniy and his co-defendant, Pyotr Ofitserov, to lengthy prison terms for alleged embezzlement by a court in... Read More

Using Sports To Promote Inclusion and Equality for People With Disabilities

Addressing the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities has emerged as a significant human rights and foreign policy issue in the 21st century. There are 1 billion people with... Read More

Ambassador DiCarlo on Nelson Mandela International Day

On the fifth annual Nelson Mandela International Day, which this year marks Mandela’s 95th birthday, we honor his lifelong commitment to service, tolerance, and respect for our common humanity. He... Read More

Ambassador DiCarlo on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict: Protection of Journalists

AS DELIVERED Thank you, Deputy Secretary-General Eliasson, for your briefing and for your support to this issue. We also greatly appreciate the remarks of our four briefers, who have made... Read More

Troubled Partner: Growing Authoritarianism in Azerbaijan

Committee Staff Present: Shelly Han, Senior Adviser, Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe Paul Carter, Senior State Department Adviser, Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe Witnesses: Thomas Melia, ... Read More

Statement in Memory of Russian Journalists Natalya Estemirova and Paul Klebnikov

Today, the United States remembers human rights defender and journalist Natalya Estemirova and Forbes journalist and editor, Paul Klebnikov. Both were murdered, but neither the killers, nor those who ordered... Read More

Amb. Mitchell Celebrates Ramadan with Leaders of Major Faith Communities

On July 16, U.S. Ambassador Derek Mitchell celebrated the holy month of Ramadan by hosting an iftar dinner at his home with leaders from the Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and Christian... Read More

Statement on the Murder of Cameroonian LGBT and AIDS Activist Eric Ohena Lembembe

AS PREPARED We deplore the brutal murder of Eric Ohena Lembembe, who was found tortured to death in his home in Yaoundé yesterday. We condemn this terrible act in the... Read More

Deputy Secretary Burns from Egypt

DEPUTY SECRETARY BURNS: Good afternoon, everyone. Ramadan Kareem. I’d like to begin by offering my condolences for the victims of the terrible bus attack in the Sinai earlier today. It’s... Read More


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