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  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's opening statement before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill

    FY 2018 State Department Budget Request

    Our mission is at all times guided by our longstanding values of freedom, democracy, individual liberty, and human dignity. The conviction of our country’s founders is enduring: that all men are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. As a nation, we hold high the aspiration that all will one day experience the freedoms we have known.

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    2016 Human Rights Report

    Promoting human rights and democratic governance is a core element of U.S. foreign policy. These values form an essential foundation of stable, secure, and functioning societies. Standing up for human rights and democracy is not just a moral imperative but is in the best interests of the United States in making the world more stable and secure. The 2016 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (The Human Rights Reports) demonstrate the United States’ unwavering commitment to advancing liberty, human dignity, and global prosperity.

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  • Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson

    2017 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month

    In recognition of LGBTI Month, the Department of State affirms its solidarity with the human rights defenders and civil society organizations working around the world to uphold the fundamental freedoms of LGBTI persons to live with dignity and freedom...The United States remains committed to human rights and fundamental freedoms for all persons. Dignity and equality for all persons are among our founding constitutional principles, and these principles continue to drive U.S. diplomacy.

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USUN Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Afghanistan
Jun 21, 2017 | U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Michele Sison

In the context of these and other challenges Afghanistan continues to face, we strongly support the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, as an essential partner of Afghanistan and the international community. UNAMA plays a critical role in supporting peace and reconciliation, empowering women, defending the human rights of all Afghans, and coordinating humanitarian assistance. We look forward to the completion next month of the Secretary-General’s strategic review and to discussing ways to strengthen the mission’s efficiency, cost effectiveness, and core competencies. ...Read More
Press Release
World Refugee Day
Jun 20, 2017 | Secretary of State John KerRex W. Tillerson

On World Refugee Day, we recognize the plight of those forced by persecution and war to flee their home countries. We also recognize the pressing challenges posed by ongoing refugee crises. Today, refugees number more than 22 million around the world.

The overwhelming majority of refugees want to go home to help rebuild their societies once the violence has stopped. As the single largest donor of humanitarian assistance the United States is ...Read More

Press Release
Ambassador Haley on World Refugee Day
Jun 20, 2017 | U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Nikki R. Haley

The United States gives more humanitarian aid than any other country, but money alone is not enough—we must also work to end the conflicts that drive these people from their homes, while tearing apart their countries. We have lots of work to do at the UN, but the world's refugees and the countries that host them should know they can continue to count on the United States to lead,” said Ambassador Haley. ...Read More
Press Conference
Briefing on U.S. Participation in the General Assembly of the OAS
Jun 19, 2017 | U.S. Interim Representative to the Organization of American States, Kevin Sullivan; Deputy Assistant Secretary for Andean, Brazilian, and Southern Cone Affairs, Michael J. Fitzpatrick

We think the OAS’s work is vital to the advancement and protection of democracy and human rights, and building strong and effective democratic institutions, which are, of course, essential to lasting peace, prosperity, and stability in the region. The OAS also plays a critical role on anti-crime, anti-corruption, counter-narcotics and counterterrorism efforts, as well as to the region’s development and economic prosperity. ...Read More
Press Release
Item 6: General Debate on the Universal Periodic Review
Jun 19, 2017 | U.S. Delegation to the UN Human Rights Council

While many States have benefited from these exchanges and subsequently implemented reforms inspired or reinforced by their participation in the UPR process, the United States remains concerned about ongoing efforts by some States to stifle the participation of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). ...Read More

UPR Working Group Information