State Department

Press Statement: Opposition to UN Human Rights Council Agenda Item Seven

No other nation has an entire agenda item dedicated to it at the Council. The continued existence of this agenda item is among the largest threats to the credibility of the Council.

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Support for Human Rights Council Resolution on Sri Lanka

The United States worked in close consultation with the United Kingdom, Montenegro, and Macedonia, and in partnership with the Government of Sri Lanka, to draft the resolution. We look forward to the adoption of the text, which will support reconciliation and justice in Sri Lanka, help ensure a non-recurrence of conflict, and strengthen democratic governance and freedoms for all Sri Lankans.

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International Women’s Day

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On International Women’s Day, we reflect on the critical contributions women make in every sector of society and we recommit ourselves to addressing the discrimination and barriers that women face around the world.

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State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016

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The 2016 Human Rights Reports demonstrate the United States’ unwavering commitment to advancing liberty, human dignity, and global prosperity.

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Venezuela: Political Prisoners Should be Released Immediately

The Venezuelan government continues to arrest and imprison citizens from across Venezuelan society for their political beliefs. Currently, more than 100 such individuals are in prison.

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Diplomacy in an Era of Disruption: Secretary Kerry and Tom Friedman at the WEF in Davos

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Sec. Kerry: “The United States of America has been more engaged on more issues with more crises simultaneously and with greater outcomes and consequence to that engagement on a global basis than at any time in American history.”

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Secretary Kerry: Remarks on Syria and the Situation in Aleppo

There is absolutely no justification whatsoever for the indiscriminate and savage brutality against civilians shown by the regime and by its Russian and Iranian allies over the past few weeks, or indeed for the past five years.

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Secretary of State John Kerry: Statement on World AIDS Day 2016

On World AIDS Day, we commemorate the lives lost and communities devastated by HIV/AIDS. We also celebrate those lives that have been saved and the courageous individuals who have brought hope and healing to those living with and affected by this disease.

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Close of the Eighth Biological Weapons Convention Review Conference in Geneva

For more than four decades, the Biological Weapons Convention has embodied international will against the use of disease as a weapon. No nation claims that biological weapons are legitimate or admits pursuing them, and we are all safer for it. This norm remains strong, as does the U.S. commitment to work with other nations to combat this threat, despite the less than satisfactory outcome of the Convention’s Eighth Review Conference in Geneva last week.

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Special Verification Commission (INF Treaty) Held 30th Session November 15-16 in Geneva

The Thirtieth Session of the Special Verification Commission under the Treaty Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Elimination of Their Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty) took place in Geneva, Switzerland, November 15-16.

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