Human Rights

Statement by President Obama on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

Thirteen years ago tomorrow, four first ladies in Africa came together and declared an International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C).

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Secretary Kerry: Remarks at the Syria Donors Conference

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Today the United States is announcing our latest contribution, which is over $925 million.

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Secretary Kerry: Supporting a Peaceful Resolution to the Syrian Crisis

The world needs to push in one direction — toward stopping the oppression and suffering of the Syrian people and ending, not prolonging, this conflict.

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Singapore

We commend Singapore for its efforts to promote social inclusion of members of ethnic and religious groups‎; however we are concerned about respect for individuals’ civil and political rights in Singapore, including those of LGBTI persons.

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Sierra Leone

We commend Sierra Leone’s continued progress, in light of the serious obstacles placed on the country due to the Ebola crisis, on increasing protections for migrant laborers and fostering accountability for police through the establishment of the Independent Police Complaints Board.

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Latvia

The United States commends Latvia for continuing to promote a tolerant and integrated society. We applaud the efforts the Latvian government has made toward restituting Jewish communal properties, and encourage further progress on achieving a comprehensive solution to meet the commitments made in the Terezin Declaration.

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Seychelles

We note the recent presidential election, which led to an historic runoff, and welcomed the participation of both international and local election observers.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of the Solomon Islands, 24th Session

We commend the Solomon Islands for its commitment to democracy, as demonstrated by its free and fair national elections in 2014, and for taking steps to respect its international human rights obligations.

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Barack Obama: Why we must rethink solitary confinement

The United States is a nation of second chances, but the experience of solitary confinement too often undercuts that second chance. Those who do make it out often have trouble holding down jobs, reuniting with family and becoming productive members of society. Imagine having served your time and then being unable to hand change over to a customer or look your wife in the eye or hug your children.

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Somalia

Somalia has made significant political progress since its previous UPR in 2011. The formation of the federal government in 2012 laid the foundation for building an inclusive federal system. This progress must continue.

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