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Statement on LGBT Rights in the Russian Federation

U.S. Mission to the OSCE - Vienna, Austria

U.S. Representative to the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Ambassador Ian Kelly


Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States is deeply concerned that on June 30 President Putin signed a law that bans "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations." The United States has... Read More

Fact Sheet: Advancing the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Persons Worldwide - A State Department Priority

U.S. Department of State


“As Secretary, I join with my colleagues at our embassies, consulates and USAID missions around the world in saying no matter where you are and no matter who you love,... Read More

Deputy Secretary Burns Presents Human Rights Defender Award to the Hammurabi Human Rights Organization

Deputy Secretary of State, William J. Burns


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Remarks by President Obama and President Kikwete of Tanzania at Joint Press Conference

State House - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

President Barack Obama


PRESIDENT KIKWETE: You Excellency, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America -- Mr. President, let me once again welcome you and the U.S. First Lady, and your entire... Read More

Remarks by President Obama at the University of Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa

President Barack Obama


PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you! (Applause.) Thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause.) Please, please, everybody have a seat. Hello Cape Town! AUDIENCE: Hello! PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thobela. Molweni. Sanibona. Dumelang. Ndaa. ... Read More

U.S. Statement on Syria Regime Attacks on Homs

U.S. Department of State - Washington, D.C.

Director of the Office of Press Relations, Patrick Ventrell


The United States denounces the Assad regime’s continued attacks against the innocent civilian populations of Homs and the Damascus area. We call on all members of the international community to... Read More

Statement from Ambassador Ford About the Murder of Father François Mourad

U.S. Embassy Damascus, Syria

U.S. Ambassador Robert S. Ford


We are appalled by reports that extremist rebels killed Father François Mourad earlier this week when they looted a monastery in Idlib province. This unprovoked violence against civilians is completely... Read More

Fact Sheet: U.S. Support for Strengthening Democratic Institutions, Rule of Law, and Human Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

The White House - Washington, D.C.

Office of the Press Secretary


The United States strongly supports the great strides many African countries have made to ensure good governance, rule of law, and respect for human rights.  We commend the progress they... Read More

Remarks by President Obama and President Sall of the Republic of Senegal at Joint Press Conference

Presidential Palace - Dakar, Senegal


PRESIDENT SALL: (As interpreted.) Mr. President, Mr. Barack Obama, good morning, ladies and gentlemen. I’m extremely happy to welcome President Barack Obama for his first trip to Africa since his... Read More

Ambassador Kelly Statement on Elections in Albania

The Permanent Council to the OSCE - Vienna, Austria

U.S. Representative to the OSCE, Ambassador Ian C. Kelly


AS DELIVERED On behalf of the United States of America we congratulate the citizens of Albania on their peaceful and active participation in the June 23 parliamentary elections. Across the... Read More

Ambassador Johnson on Engaging and Empowering Women in the Peace-building Process

Rumi Forum for Interfaith Dialogue and Intercultural Understanding - Washington, D.C.

Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Suzan Johnson Cook


It’s a pleasure to be with you today. As the Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom with the Department of State, I feel privileged to have this opportunity to... Read More

Ambassador Kelly Statement on Eviction of Moscow NGO For Human Rights and Injuries to Lev Ponomarev

The Permanent Council to the OSCE - Vienna, Austria

U.S. Representative to the OSCE, Ambassador Ian C. Kelly


AS DELIVERED The United States is disturbed by an incident directed against a human rights organization in Russia. On June 23, unidentified men entered the Moscow offices of the... Read More

Ambassador Kelly Statement of Support for Restraint from Unilateral Actions in Transnistria Conflict

The Permanent Council to the OSCE - Vienna, Austria

U.S. Representative to the OSCE, Ambassador Ian C. Kelly


AS DELIVERED The United States supports the June 17 statement by OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara regarding the Transnistrian authority's so-called legal act on its border. We support... Read More

Remarks by President Obama at Civil Society Organization Meeting

Gorée Island - Senegal

President Barack Obama


Well, let me just say thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me. We’ve had a wonderful visit here in Senegal, and I had good opportunity... Read More

USAID Administrator Shah on LGBT Pride Month 2013

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah


I am pleased to join President Obama and Secretary Kerry in applauding the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. Their decision is especially significant during... Read More

President Obama After Tour of Maison Des Esclaves

Gorée Island - Senegal

President Barack Obama


I want to thank the President of Senegal, but also the Mayor of Gorée and the museum curator here. Obviously, it’s a very powerful moment whenever I can travel with... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act

U.S. Department of State - Washington, D.C.

Secretary of State John Kerry


The U.S. Department of State applauds the Supreme Court’s decision striking down an unjust and discriminatory law and increasing freedom and equality for LGBT Americans. As a Senator, I voted... Read More

Ambassador Rice at the Security Council Stakeout

U.S. Mission to the United Nations - New York, N.Y.

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Susan E. Rice


AS DELIVERED Ambassador Rice: Good afternoon, everyone. Some of you have already heard me reflect on my four and a half years here at the UN as the best job... Read More

Remarks to the UN Women Executive Board

U.N. Women Executive Board - New York, N.Y.

U.S. Deputy Representative to ECOSOC, Teri Robl


AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Madame Acting Executive Director. My delegation would first like to applaud the fact that after just two years of operation, UN Women... Read More

DAS Melia at the HFAC Hearing on Religious Minorities in Syria

Washington, D.C.

Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Tom Melia


AS PREPARED Chairman Smith, Chairman Ros-Lehtinen, and members of the subcommittee, thank you for inviting me to discuss the situation for minorities in Syria. I request my full testimony to... Read More


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