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Secretary Kerry on the Release of the International Religious Freedom Report

MS. PSAKI: Good morning, everyone. So, thank you for joining us for the release of the 2012 International Religious Freedom Report. The Secretary will make some brief remarks, and then... Read More

On-the-Record Briefing on the Release of the 2012 International Religious Freedom Report

AMBASSADOR COOK: Thank you, Mr. Secretary. It’s an honor to serve you. Good morning. The 2012 International Religious Freedom Report provides a factual rendering of the status of religious freedom... Read More

Announcing the 2012 International Religious Freedom Report

The International Religious Freedom Report describes the status of religious freedom, government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies promoting religious freedom.... Read More

Secretary Kerry on State of Emergency and Fighting in Northern Nigeria

The United States is deeply concerned about the fighting in northeastern Nigeria following President Jonathan’s declaration of a state of emergency in the Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states. We are... Read More

Annual Meeting of the President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

MS. JARRETT: Good morning, everyone. I’m Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls. I’d like to welcome you all... Read More

Embassy Maputo Shows Their Support for the LGBT Community

More Information: Advancing the Human Rights of LGBT Persons – June 2013 #cboxCurrent{position:absolute; left:10px; color:#999; } #cboxTitle{position:absolute; margin-top:10px; margin-left:75px; text-align:center; color:#999; width:300px;} @media screen and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio:0) { #cboxCurrent{position:absolute; margin-left:5px;... Read More

Embassy Prague Hosts Shabbat Dinner in Honor of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

More Information: Advancing the Human Rights of LGBT Persons – June 2013 On May 17th, Ambassador Norman Eisen hosted a traditional Shabbat dinner in honor of the International Day Against... Read More

Embassy Port-au-Prince Partners with Local NGOs to Show Support for the LGBT Community

More Information: Advancing the Human Rights of LGBT Persons – June 2013 #cboxCurrent{position:absolute; left:10px; color:#999; } #cboxTitle{position:absolute; margin-top:10px; margin-left:75px; text-align:center; color:#999; width:300px;} @media screen and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio:0) { #cboxCurrent{position:absolute; margin-left:5px;... Read More

IDAHO Event Opens Doors for LGBT Community in Rwanda

More Information: Advancing the Human Rights of LGBT Persons – June 2013 Ambassador Donald W. Koran hosted the U.S. Mission to Rwanda’s first-ever celebration of the International Day against Homophobia... Read More

U.S. Response to OSCE Special Representative and Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro

AS DELIVERED The United States warmly welcomes back Special Representative and Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings Maria Grazia Giammarinaro to the Permanent Council today. We applaud Dr. Giammarinaro... Read More

U.S. Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia or Transphobia

Tomorrow, May 17, is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, or “IDAHO.” The date of May 17 was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990... Read More

U.S. Response to the Secretary General on the 2014 Program Outline

AS DELIVERED The United States welcomes the release of the 2014 Program Outline and its Compendium of Executive Summaries, and we wish to thank the Secretary General, the fund managers,... Read More

Secretary Kerry Chairs Human Trafficking Task Force Meeting - Friday, May 17, 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry chaired the annual meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF) at the White House on Friday, May... Read More

U.S. Policy and Response to Recent Humanitarian Crisis in Africa

Thank you for that kind introduction, and for having me here today. And thank you for your decades of service to refugees in this country and around the world. There... Read More

Closing Statement by the U.S. Delegation at OSCE Human Dimension Seminar on Media Freedom Legal Framework

AS DELIVERED As we close out the 2013 OSCE Human Dimension Seminar on Media Freedom Legal Frameworks, I wish to express again the appreciation of my delegation to the Ukrainian... Read More

Opening Statement by the U.S. Delegation at OSCE Human Dimension Seminar on Media Freedom Legal Framework

AS DELIVERED On behalf of the United States, I would like to thank the Ukrainian Chairmanship, ODIHR and the office of the Representative on Freedom of the Media (RFoM) for... Read More

U.S. Statement at OSCE Human Dimension Seminar on Media Freedom Legal Framework

Session III: Implementation of Existing OSCE Commitments AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and thank you Dunja and Helen for your excellent introductory statements. The United States appreciates this opportunity... Read More

Secretary Kerry on the Pakistan Elections

These national and provincial assembly elections mark an historic step in Pakistan's democratic journey. The Pakistani people stood up resiliently to threats by violent extremists. We'll be working with the... Read More

Spokesperson Psaki on Leaflets over Qusayr, Syria

We are deeply concerned by reports that the Assad regime has begun dropping leaflets over Qusayr that tell all civilians to evacuate or be treated as combatants. We strongly condemn... Read More

Labor in Focus: Advancing Workplace Safety

The collapse of an eight-story factory building in Bangladesh that killed over 600 garment workers two weeks ago is among the worst manufacturing disasters in history and remains a tragic... Read More



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