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Foreign Press Center Briefing on the 2012 Human Rights Reports

Read the 2012 Human Rights Reports | Learn more: the Human Rights Reports MODERATOR: Welcome to the Washington Foreign Press Center. Today we’re hosting a briefing on the 2012 Country... Read More

Fact Sheet: The Obama Administration’s Comprehensive Efforts to Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women and Girls Worldwide

“When women succeed, nations are more safe, more secure, and more prosperous.  Over the last year, we’ve seen women and girls inspiring communities and entire countries to stand up for... Read More

Fact Sheet: The Equal Futures Partnership - From Promise To Progress

The Promise of Equal Futures In response to President Obama’s challenge to other heads of state to break down barriers to women’s political and economic participation, on September 24, 2012,... Read More

Statement in Response to UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov

As delivered by Ambassador Ian Kelly The United States warmly welcomes you, Ambassador Fedotov, to the Permanent Council and we thank you for your remarks. The UNODC-OSCE relationship has been... Read More

Response to Head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova, Ambassador Jennifer Brush

As delivered by Ambassador Ian Kelly The United States warmly welcomes you to the Permanent Council, Ambassador Brush, and we thank you for your detailed report. The United States strongly... Read More

Closure of the Free Thought University Facility in Azerbaijan

As Delivered by Political Counselor Christopher Robinson to the Permanent Council, Vienna The United States notes with grave concern the closure of the Free Thought University facility in Baku, Azerbaijan,... Read More

Statement on International Committee of the Red Cross in Uzbekistan

As delivered by Political Counselor Christopher Robinson We note with concern the April 12 statement by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) that the ICRC in Uzbekistan will... Read More

U.S. Embassy Hanoi Statement on 17th U.S.-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Dan Baer, along with an interagency delegation that included a White House representative, participated April 12 in the 17th... Read More

Deputy Secretary Burns Opening Remarks at the South Sudan Economic Partners Forum

Good Morning. On behalf of Secretary Kerry – a long-time friend of the people of South Sudan and a strong advocate for U.S. leadership in international development – it is... Read More

Secretary Kerry Remarks on a 21st Century Pacific Partnership

SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you very, very much. Thank you very much, President Mishima, for a generous introduction. It's a great privilege for me to be here. Thank you. And thank... Read More

Women's Forum: Women's Role In A Changing Ukraine's Future

View Embassy Kyiv's photos of Undersecretary Sonenshine's visit to Ukraine. Thank you, Ambassador Tefft. Hello everyone. I want to welcome all of you to this forum. And let me extend... Read More

Ambassador Kelly on Inspections of NGOs in the Russian Federation

AS DELIVERED The United States is deeply concerned by indications that Russian authorities continue to take actions that restrict space for civil society. Law enforcement, tax offices, and other regulatory... Read More

Ambassador Kelly on Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan

AS DELIVERED The United States welcomes Kazakhstani State Secretary Marat Tazhin’s recent affirmation of the Government of Kazakhstan’s commitment to the protection of the rights of members of all ethnic... Read More

Statement on Pardoning of Former Ukrainian Officials

AS DELIVERED We point out a statement released by the US government on April 8 regarding the pardoning of former Ukrainian officials. The statement was delivered by National Security Staff... Read More

Statement on the 23rd Geneva International Discussion on Georgia

AS DELIVERED The United States welcomed the 23rd round of the Geneva International Discussions, and was pleased to note the decrease in security-related incidents since the last round in December... Read More

Ambassador Kelly Responding to the Russian Federation and Belarus on the Hunger Strike at Guantanamo Detention Facility

AS DELIVERED We would like to thank the delegations of the Russian Federation and Belarus for their remarks. We are aware of the concern regarding the hunger strike occurring at... Read More

Ambassador Kelly on the Death of Foreign Service Officer Anne Smedinghoff in Afghanistan

AS DELIVERED Our State Department family is grieving over the loss of one of our own, an exceptional young Foreign Service officer, Anne Smedinghoff, killed April 6 in an attack... Read More

Ambassador Kelly on Celebrating International Roma Day

AS DELIVERED Across Europe and the United States, events and celebrations on Monday, April 8th commemorated International Roma Day. Secretary Kerry reaffirmed the continuing commitment of the United States to... Read More

Ambassador Kelly Response to European Union Special Representative for Central Asia Ambassador Patricia Flor

AS DELIVERED The United States warmly welcomes the European Union’s Special Representative for Central Asia, Ambassador Patricia Flor, and thanks her for her remarks. Ambassador Flor, we especially appreciate your... Read More

Ambassador Supports International Roma Day Celebrations

In recognition of International Roma Day (see reftel A), Ambassador Moser joined interim Prime Minister Vlad Filat on April 5 in opening a photo exhibition celebrating famous Roma people from... Read More


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