Human Rights

Visa Restrictions Against Human Rights Abusers in Venezuela

With this step we underscore our commitment to holding accountable individuals who commit human rights abuses.

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Statement by Samantha Power on Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag

While we are relieved that the Government of Sudan allowed Ms. Ishag to leave the country, we call on Khartoum to repeal the laws that put her in jail in the first place.

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U.S. Adds $4.8 Million to End Child, Early, Forced Marriage

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The programs are in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Tanzania and Yemen, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah said in July 22 news release.

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U.S. Explanation of Vote on the HRC Resolution on the situation in Gaza

The United States is deeply troubled by the resolution presented for adoption today. We will vote against it.

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U.S. Statement at the HRC Special Session on Gaza

The United States remains gravely concerned over the recent violence that has impacted Palestinian and Israeli civilians. We and others are working intensively to secure an immediate cessation of hostilities based on a return to the November 2012 cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas.

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Ambassador Power: Statement at Security Council Open Debate on the Middle East

In Gaza, the United States is working intensively to secure an immediate cessation of hostilities based on a return to the November 2012 cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas.

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U.S. Concerned by Convictions of Swazi Human Rights Lawyer and Journalist

The United States is deeply concerned by the convictions of human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and magazine editor Bheki Makhubu for contempt of court in the Kingdom of Swaziland.

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President Obama’s Remarks at Annual White House Iftar

Tonight we reaffirm a simple truth. Fundamental to the character of our country is our freedom of religion.

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State Department on Anniversary of Nataliya Estemirova’s Murder

Nataliya Estemirova bravely and tirelessly sought to expose horrible human rights violations in Chechnya.

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From Civil Rights Act to Disabilities Treaty, 50 Years Later

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Fifty years ago, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, landmark legislation that broadly outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. It was the culmination of years of sacrifice by some of the bravest, most patriotic Americans of our time…

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