USTR NEWS – United States, European Union Raise Shared Concerns on Japan Post

Geneva – Today, U.S. Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Michael Punke and European Union (EU) Chargé d’Affaires John Clarke met in Geneva with Japanese Ambassador Shinichi Kitajima to express long-standing and serious concerns that are shared by the United States and the EU regarding the lack of a level playing field between Japan ...
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World Health Assembly – Secretary Sebelius’ Remarks on the Global Health Initiative

This is a pivotal moment. The United States Government is committed to working with the world to achieve our shared global health objectives. There is also a growing understanding that we can’t achieve these goals unless we all work together. Today, none of us can afford to “go-it-alone.” That’s why I’m so pleased that so ...
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Transmittal of the New START Treaty Documents to the United States Senate

Yesterday, the President transmitted the New START Treaty to the United States Senate. All of the documents associated with the transmittal package, including the texts of the Treaty, Protocol, and Annexes; the unilateral statements associated with the Treaty; the Secretary’s Report, including a detailed Article-by-Article analysis of the Treaty; and the President’s Message to the ...
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Dr. Rajiv Shah Launches Impact Blog to Inform Public on Global Initiatives and Activities

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah will make his first trip to Africa as Administrator today, visiting both Kenya and Sudan. During his six-day visit he will focus on the development and progress of President Obama's Global Health Initiative and Food Security Initiative, while gaining a deeper understanding of U.S. ...
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HRC – Report of the UPR Working Group on Sweden

The United States greatly appreciates the straightforward and open manner that the delegation has addressed the issue of hate crimes and commends Sweden for the efforts it has made to combat these crimes. Despite these efforts, however, there has been an increase in anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic and homophobic violent hate crimes, as the Government has acknowledged.
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HRC – Report of the UPR Working Group on Guyana

The United States commends Guyana's efforts toward establishing a national, independent human rights institution and looks forward to its nomination and establishment. The United States remains concerned with reports of extrajudicial killings and the use of excessive force by police. Widespread police brutality, impunity, and a lack of accountability undermine the effectiveness of the country's ...
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Statement by Ambassador Kennedy to the Main Committee Subsidiary Body One at NPT Conference

Thirteen months ago in Prague, President Obama highlighted the nuclear dangers of the twenty-first century and laid out a pragmatic agenda to confront those dangers. He reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons, and pledged to take concrete steps to achieve that goal. The United States ...
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Remarks by the First Lady at USAID Agency Visit

You all recognize the challenges we’re facing are bigger and much more complex than ever before: a billion people living in hunger around the world; the growing threat of climate change; the unpredictable threat of natural disaster that we see playing out all the time; an exploding youth population that can either be one of ...
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PEPFAR launches increased commitment to scale up gender-based violence approaches

Recognizing the link between gender-based violence (GBV) and global HIV/AIDS, the United States, through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), has committed an additional $30 million to support three partner countries – Tanzania, Mozambique, and the Democratic Republic of Congo – in scaling up GBV prevention and response efforts.
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HRC – Considération du rapport sur la Guinée

Les Etats-Unis se félicitent de la signature de l’Accord de Ouagadougou en février dernier et la mise en place d’un gouvernement de transition, étapes que nous estimons être positives pour aller vers un retour à l’ordre constitutionnel et à un état de droit en Guinée. Nous restons profondément préoccupés par les violations des droits de ...
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UN HRC – Report of the UPR Working Group on Guinea

The United States supports the January signing of the Ouagadougou Agreement and the February establishment of a Transitional Government as positive steps toward the country's return to constitutional order and rule of law. We remain deeply concerned about human rights violations that have ensued from the country's political and social crises, such as killings, sexual ...
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World Press Freedom Day: A free press is essential to an empowered citizenry

Courageous journalists across the globe risk their freedom and their lives to provide independent information on government actions and their consequences; report the news from conflict zones; expose crime, corruption and wrongdoing; and reveal human rights violations – all despite efforts, in some cases, by governments and others, to control what people read, hear and ...
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The battle for press freedom has moved online

For the first time, the number of online journalists in prison almost surpasses the number of jailed traditional print and broadcast journalists, according to the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA), an initiative of the National Endowment for Democracy, a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to strengthening democratic institutions around the world.
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Report Finds Press Freedoms Declining Worldwide

The Internet and new media have become the new battlegrounds for government control. Repressive governments are attempting to restrict Internet freedom with lawsuits, direct censorship, content manipulation and physical harassment of bloggers, the report says. The Chinese government, especially, has introduced several new methods of Internet censorship and has remained “a global leader in the ...
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