Human Rights

State Department Welcomes the Release of Civil Society Activists in Azerbaijan

We hope to see more positive steps and continue to urge the Government of Azerbaijan to fully respect the rights of all citizens to exercise their fundamental freedoms.

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Press Statement: Release of Jeffrey Fowle

We can confirm that Jeffrey Fowle has been allowed to depart the D.P.R.K. and is on his way home to re-join his family. We welcome the D.P.R.K.’s decision to release him.

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U.S. Deeply Concerned by DRC’s Expulsion of MONUSCO Human Rights Officer

The United Nations plays a vital role in contributing to the security and well-being of the Congolese people, including through MONUSCO, its humanitarian operations, and its support for good governance, democracy, and human rights.

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Statement by the U.S. Ambassador to the UN on the Newly Elected Members of the Security Council

The United States will continue to call upon the government of Venezuela to respect the fundamental freedoms and universal human rights of its people.

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Statement by Secretary Kerry: ISIL’s Dehumanization of Women and Girls

The U.S. will keep tracking ISIL’s abduction, enslavement, sale, rape, forced marriage, and abuse of women and girls.

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U.S. Participation in the 29th Round of Geneva International Discussions on Georgia

The United States reaffirmed its commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders, and called on Russia to fulfill all of its commitments under the 2008 ceasefire agreement.

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ISIL’s Murder of Iraqi Human Rights Lawyer Samira Salih al-Nuaimi

ISIL’s gruesome tactics, particularly its oppression of women, once again reveal that this cruel and barbaric terrorist organization seeks to inflict violence and fear through its distortion of faith.

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Secretary Kerry: Statement on HRC Resolution on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

“Today the community of nations made an historic statement in support of LGBT rights, which are human rights.”

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Dissociation and Explanation of Position: On Hazardous Substances and Wastes

We are committed to the proper management of such hazardous substances and wastes.

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Human Rights Council Expresses Grave Concern About Violence Against LGBT Persons

We are pleased to see that today the international community is visibly and publicly upholding the rights of LGBT individuals.

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