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Ambassador Rice Remarks at United Nations Debate on Kosovo, Serbia

AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Special Representative Zarif, for your briefing. The United States warmly welcomes both Prime Minister Thaçi and Prime Minister Dačić back to... Read More

U.S. Welcomes First UN Resolution on Freedom of Expression and Opinion for Women

Highlights: UN Human Rights Council 23rd Session AS DELIVERED The United States enthusiastically welcomes the adoption by consensus today of the first UN resolution explicitly affirming the crucial role of... Read More

U.S. Explanation of Position on Promotion of the Enjoyment of the Cultural Rights of Everyone and Respect for Cultural Diversity

Highlights: UN Human Rights Council 23rd Session AS DELIVERED Mr. President, the United States continues to support the promotion of cultural diversity, pluralism, tolerance, cooperation and dialogue among people from... Read More

U.S. Explanation of Position on Enhancement of International Cooperation in the Field of Human Rights

Highlights: UN Human Rights Council 23rd Session AS DELIVERED The United States is pleased to join consensus on this resolution as we strongly support international cooperation in efforts to promote... Read More

U.S. Explanation of Vote on UN Declaration on the Right to Peace

Highlights: UN Human Rights Council 23rd Session AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mister President. We would first like to take this opportunity to thank Costa Rica for its leadership on a... Read More

U.S. Supports HRC Resolution on the Situation of Human Rights in Belarus

Highlights: UN Human Rights Council 23rd Session AS DELIVERED The United States is pleased to co-sponsor and vote in support of an HRC resolution expressing deep concern at the continuing... Read More

U.S. is Firmly Committed to the Right to Education: Follow-Up to Human Rights Council Resolution 8/4

Highlights: UN Human Rights Council 23rd Session AS DELIVERED The United States strongly supports the right to education, and this resolution’s focus on it. We firmly believe in the importance... Read More

U.S. Explanation of Vote on Access to Medicine and the Right to the Highest Standard of Health

Highlights: UN Human Rights Council 23rd Session Explanation of Vote on the Resolution entitled “Access to Medicines in the Context of the Right of Everyone to the Enjoyment of the... Read More

Statement on Syrian Chemical Weapons Use

At the President’s direction, the United States Government has been closely monitoring the potential use of chemical weapons within Syria. Following the assessment made by our intelligence community in April,... Read More

U.S. Response to the Head of the OSCE Center in Astana

AS DELIVERED Ambassador Zarudna, the United States warmly welcomes you to the Permanent Council in your capacity as Head of the Center in Astana. We thank you and your superb... Read More

U.S. Response to the Report of OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic

AS DELIVERED The United States warmly welcomes OSCE Special Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic to the Permanent Council and thanks her for her latest report. Representative Mijatovic,... Read More

U.S. Statement on Media Defamation Suits and Judicial Integrity in the Slovak Republic

AS DELIVERED The United States is concerned that members of the Slovak judiciary are seeking high damage awards in lawsuits against the media. As Representative on Freedom of the Media... Read More

U.S. Encourages Countries in Transition to Work with Council, OHCHR to Help Protect Human Rights

Highlights: UN Human Rights Council 23rd Session General Debate on Item 10 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. President. The United States has spoken several times during Item 10 debates about... Read More

World Day Against Child Labor: No to Child Labor in Domestic Work

Each year since 2002, the international community has come together on June 12 to mark World Day Against Child Labor. According to estimates of the International Labor Organization (ILO), over... Read More

Secretary Kerry on 2013 World Day Against Child Labor

“No” to Child Labor in Domestic Work We are proud to stand united with our partners in the international community on this World Day Against Child Labor, and with one... Read More

Winners of the 2012 Human Rights Awards

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Human Rights Awards. The winner of the Diplomacy for Human Rights Award is Ambassador John Tefft... Read More

Advancing the Human Rights of LGBT Persons - Pride 2013

Watch the Video of Secretary Kerry Remarks at the Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA) Pride Event "This month is about the assertion of equality and dignity. It... Read More

Ten Ways To Combat the Worst Forms of Child Labor

No individual or organization acting alone can eliminate the worst forms of child labor, but together we can make a difference. Individuals, governments, businesses, non-governmental organizations, and civil society groups... Read More

The U.S. Greatly Values the Work of Human Rights Defenders Around the World

AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. We align ourselves with the statements previously made by Germany, the Czech Republic, Norway and Tunisia. The United States greatly values the work of... Read More

U.S. Intervention for the Panel on Democracy and the Rule of Law from a Human Rights Perspective

AS DELIVERED Statement The United States thanks the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for hosting this discussion on the common challenges facing States in their efforts to... Read More



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