Human Rights

Secretary Kerry: Cuba Policy Changes Include Critical Focus on Improving Respect for Human Rights

This new course will not be without challenges, but it is based not on a leap of faith but on a conviction that it’s the best way to help bring freedom and opportunity to the Cuban people, and to promote America’s national security interests in the Americas, including greater regional stability and economic opportunities for American businesses.

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Charting a New Course on Cuba: White House Fact Sheet

Today, the United States is taking historic steps to chart a new course in our relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people.

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John Kerry’s Remarks at OSCE Ministerial Plenary Session in Basel

This organization is at its best when it sheds light where there is darkness and when it stands up against repression and for human rights and fundamental freedoms, including internet freedom.

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U.S. Deeply Concerned by Venezuela’s Charges Against Maria Corina Machado

We are deeply concerned by what appears to be the Venezuelan government’s continuing effort to intimidate its political opponents through abuse of the legal process.

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Remarks by Secretary John Kerry at the Counter-ISIL Meeting in Brussels

Kerry opening counter-ISIL meeting in Brussels

“This is the first ministerial-level meeting of the anti-ISIL coalition, and we’re very, very grateful for everybody finding the time to be here.”

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PEPFAR, Gates and Nike Foundations Partner to Reduce HIV Infections in Adolescent Girls, Young Women

Adolescent girls are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. In 2013, over 80 percent of new HIV infections among adolescents in the hardest hit countries occurred in girls. Every year, an astonishing 380,000 adolescent girls and young women are infected with HIV.

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Secretary Kerry: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and 16 Days of Activism

Simply put, we must all do more to end violence against women in all its forms, wherever and whenever it occurs, and it starts by acknowledging it. There can be no conspiracy of silence.

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Strengthening the Role of Health Systems in Responding to Violence Against Women

Ambassador Hamamoto

Violence against women is a public health challenge, it is a gender equity challenge and, of course, violence against women is at its core a challenge to human rights.

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Acting Legal Adviser McLeod: U.S. Affirms Torture is Prohibited at All Times in All Places


There should be no doubt, the United States affirms that torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment and punishment are prohibited at all times in all places, and we remain resolute in our adherence to these prohibitions.

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Assistant Secretary Malinowski: Torture is forbidden in all places, at all times, with no exceptions.

Assistant Secretary Malinowski

The prohibition of torture and cruel treatment is part of our Constitution, and it binds our federal government and all 50 of our states.

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