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USAID Administrator Shah on LGBT Pride Month 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. Envoy at UN Debate on Combating Sexual Violence in Conflict

Security Council Open Debate on Women and Peace and Security: Sexual Violence in Conflict AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, for organizing today’s debate and for the priority that you... Read More

Embassy La Paz Combats Anti-LGBT Violence and Discrimination through Three-City Film Series

More Information: Advancing the Human Rights of LGBT Persons – Pride 2013 In celebration of LGBT Pride Month, U.S. Embassy La Paz sponsored a presentation of the film "Boys Don’t... Read More

Embassy Berlin Supports the LGBT Community at Christopher Street Day Parade 2013

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The U.S. on Review of the Istanbul Process Progress

3rd International Expert Meeting on the Follow-up of Implementation of HRC Resolution 16/18 The United States is pleased to participate in the third meeting to promote implementation of HRC Resolution... Read More

Statement by the U.S. on the Way Forward with the Istanbul Process

3rd International Expert Meeting on the Follow-up of Implementation of HRC Resolution 16/18 I want to thank the Secretary General again for the initiative he took that led to Resolution... Read More

Secretary Kerry on World Refugee Day

Today, the United States joins the international community in honoring the resilience, courage, and determination of refugees all over the world, and the work of many countries in providing refuge,... Read More

Pride is About U.S. Fundamental Values

More Information on our Highlights Page: Advancing the Human Rights of LGBT Persons – June 2013 Yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to... Read More

Secretary Kerry Remarks at the World Refugee Day Event

Thank you. Thank you very, very much. I really appreciate the opportunity to be here. I apologize for being a moment late. I just came from the Hill, where I... Read More

Ambassador Rice on World Refugee Day

Today, we commemorate World Refugee Day, which provides an important opportunity to highlight the plight of the millions of refugees worldwide who have been forced from their homes and fled... Read More

President Obama on World Refugee Day

On World Refugee Day, the United States stands with the more than 45 million people around the world who have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict and... Read More

U.S. on Enhancing Security Cooperation in Europe

Working Session III: Arms Control and Confidence- and Security-Building Measures Thank you so much for having me here to speak today. As a newcomer to arms control, I am pleased... Read More

U.S. on Early Warning, Conflict Prevention, Crisis Management, Conflict Resolution and Post-Conflict Rehabilitation at the Annual Security Review Conference

Working Session II: Early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management, conflict resolution and post-conflict rehabilitation: lessons learned and the way ahead AS PREPARED I would like to start out by noting... Read More

U.S. on Afghanistan at the Annual Security Review Conference

Working Session IV: Afghanistan AS PREPARED A core OSCE tenet is that shared challenges require a collaborative, comprehensive response. Achieving a stable and prosperous future for Afghanistan is no exception... Read More

U.S. Committed to Working with All Stakeholders to Improve Labor Situation in Bangladesh

Panel Discussion on Managing Human Rights Risk in the Garment Sector Supply Chain AS DELIVERED The United States has been a strong and consistent advocate on the important issue of... Read More


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