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U.S. Support for the Egyptian People

Office of the Spokesperson - U.S. Department of State

Secretary of State John Kerry


Over the past couple of days in Egypt, I have listened to a broad cross-section of political leaders, business leaders and representatives of non-governmental organizations. In all of these conversations,... Read More

Fact Sheet: U.S. Government Assistance in Support of Free, Fair, and Peaceful Elections in Kenya


For 50 years, Kenya has been a stalwart and reliable partner in a strategically important but volatile region. As the economic powerhouse and transport hub of East Africa, Kenya’s stability... Read More

A Champion in the Fight against Child Labor

(Work in Progress), The Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Labor

Acting Deputy Undersecretary of the Labor Department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs, Carol Pier


Carol Pier is the acting deputy undersecretary of the Labor Department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs. The warm waters of Lake Volta in eastern Ghana support local fishermen from the... Read More

Presidential Proclamation: 100th Anniversary of the United States Department of Labor

The White House

President Barack Obama


A PROCLAMATION On March 4, 1913, President William Howard Taft signed a bill establishing the United States Department of Labor -- an agency charged with promoting the welfare of American... Read More

U.S. Response to the the Head of the OSCE Mission in Serbia, Ambassador Peter Burkhard

Permanent Council, Vienna

United States Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Ian Kelly


AS DELIVERED BY Ambassador Ian Kelly The United States joins in welcoming Ambassador Burkhard for his first visit to the Permanent Council and we thank him for his comprehensive report. The... Read More

US Mission to the OSCE Statement on Armenian Presidential Elections

Permanent Council, Vienna

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, Christopher Midura


The United States congratulates the people of Armenia on their February 18 presidential election. We agree with the OSCE assessment that the election was generally well-administered and characterized by a... Read More

U.S. Remarks at “Women’s Access to Justice”

Palais des Nations, Geneva

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations, Paula Schriefer


Thank you. I would like to thank the Permanent Representatives from Australia and Austria and IDLO Director-General Irene Khan for hosting this event and for the opportunity to participate in... Read More

Assistant Secretary Posner's Testimony on Human Rights in Burma

U.S. Congress - Washington, D.C.

Assistant Secretary State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Michael H. Posner


AS PREPARED Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding this hearing and for the Commission’s sustained concern about Burma over the years. I am particularly grateful to the late Tom Lantos... Read More

Special Representative Murphy's Testimony on Human Rights in Burma

U.S. Congress - Washington, D.C.

Special Representative and Policy Coordinator for Burma Remarks as Prepared for Delivery, W. Patrick Murphy


AS PREPARED Mr. Chairman, I very much appreciate your invitation and I welcome the sustained interest of this Commission and its members in Burma. Congress has been instrumental in shaping... Read More

Statement on the HCHR’s Annual Report

Geneva, Switzerland

U.S. Representative to the Human Rights Council, Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe


Agenda Item 2: General Debate-Annual Report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and Reports of the OHCHR and SYG Thank you, Mr. President. The United States welcomes the High... Read More

Presidential Proclamation for Women's History Month

The White House

President Barack Obama


For more than two centuries, our Nation has grown under the simple creed that each of us is created equal. It is a notion that makes America unlike any other... Read More

Ten Years of War in Darfur

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson - Washington, D.C.

Acting Deputy Spokesperson, Patrick Ventrell


The United States is deeply concerned that, ten years after the outbreak of war in Darfur, the Darfuri people continue to suffer from increased insecurity, human rights abuses, and sexual... Read More

Secretary Kerry at Youth Connect: Berlin

Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Berlin, Germany

Secretary of State John Kerry


  MODERATOR: (In progress) – Berlin for a town hall meeting, the first show of Facebook TV here in Germany. This is John Kerry. He is here on stage. That’s... Read More

U.S. Priorities at UN Human Rights Council 22 Opening

Geneva, Switzerland

Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations, Esther Brimmer


Mr. President, fellow delegates, distinguished guests, It is an honor for me to once again represent the United States before the UN Human Rights Council, to present our first intervention... Read More

Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action More Relevant Today Than Ever

UN Human Rights Council 22nd Session - Geneva, Switzerland

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, Paula Schriefer


Thank you, Mr. President. As the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action underscores, the protection and promotion of universal human rights and fundamental freedoms are, and I quote, “the first... Read More

Ambassador Kelly on Political Affairs and Security Winter Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

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, Mme. Chairperson, Honorable Members of the Parliamentary Assembly, and colleagues. Today’s topic, “Building a Joint Security Community,” is timely, as we continue to pursue a coordinated strategic approach... Read More

Ambassador Rice on the Signing of the Peace, Security, and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the Region

Washington, D.C.

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


AS DELIVERED The United States welcomes today’s signing of the Peace, Security, and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Region, a significant step toward promoting... Read More

On Government Transparency and Human Rights in Zimbabwe

Harare, Zimbabwe

Deputy Assistant Secretaries of State, Dr. Reuben Brigety and Karen Hanrahan


The year 2013 has the potential to be a landmark turning point in Zimbabwe’s history. With an up-coming referendum on the constitution, the UN World Tourism Summit, and elections, Zimbabweans... Read More

Measures Ensuring Respect for and Protection of the Human Rights of Migrants

United Nations

Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration, Anne C. Richard


Ambassador de Alba, Special Rapporteur Crépeau, Permanent Representatives, friends and colleagues, let me begin by thanking the International Organization for Migration, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and... Read More

Fact Sheet: The Syria Justice & Accountability Center

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

Office of the Spokesperson


• The Syria Justice and Accountability Center (SJAC) is an independent entity that focuses on: 1) Collection and analysis of documentation related to ongoing violations of human rights and international... Read More


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