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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Guyana

We welcome Guyana’s voluntary commitment to hold national consultations on issues from Guyana’s first UPR session, including whether to repeal laws that criminalize consensual sexual activity between adults of the same sex.

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U.S. Statement at the WTO Trade Policy Review of Barbados

Barbados is a valued hemispheric partner of the United States, and the commercial relationship between our countries is vibrant and growing.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Turkey

We are concerned about growing restrictions on freedom of expression, including censorship of news media and the Internet, and provisions of Turkish law that unduly limit peaceful assembly.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Sweden

We commend Sweden’s exemplary human rights record and longstanding commitment to protecting and promoting human rights domestically and internationally, in particular its leadership to promote Internet freedom worldwide.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Guinea-Bissau

We commend, Guinea-Bissau’s efforts to implement its law against female genital mutilation or cutting and encourage continued efforts to prevent and respond to all forms of gender-based violence.

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Secretary Kerry: Remarks at the World Economic Forum in Davos

Secretary Kerry at Davos

There’s no room for sectarian division; there’s no room for anti-Semitism or Islamophobia; and no way forward except to demonstrate to the terrorists that every time they try to divide us, they strengthen our resolve. Like the million souls that last week spoke with a single voice in the streets of Paris, we must act as one.

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President Obama on Death of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz

It is with deep respect that I express my personal condolences and the sympathies of the American people to the family of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and to the people of Saudi Arabia.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Armenia

We commend Armenia for improvements in respecting freedom of expression, as manifested in the Human Rights Defender’s December 2013 special report on obstacles to a fair trial, although more remains to be done.

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Ambassador Wood: the U. S. is firmly committed to achieving the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons

Ambassador Robert Wood addresses the CD September 9, 2014

The United States remains ever-ready to work tirelessly with other CD Member States to help overcome the continuing impasse.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Kenya

We commend Kenya for its progress in approving the 2010 constitution. We are, however, concerned about efforts that appear to undermine constitutional rights, including elements of new counter terrorism legislation.

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