All articles from: February, 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton – Press Conference in Geneva

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton - February 28 Press Conference in Geneva

I have been holding intensive consultations with friends and allies on developments in Libya, and these have been action-oriented discussions focused on determining the international community’s next steps to hold Colonel Qadhafi and his regime accountable for its human rights abuses and violence against its own people, to determine the best way forward after the Security Council resolution to provide humanitarian assistance to those in need, and to support the Libyan people as they pursue a transition to democracy.

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Secretary Clinton Urges Conference on Disarmament to open FMCT Negotiations Without Delay

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Addresses the Conference on Disarmament

The question before us today is whether we will – at last – agree to end the dedicated production of fissile material for use in nuclear weapons. Halting production is in the interest of every country, and I urge this conference to end the stalemate and open negotiations on a Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty without further delay.

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Ambassador King Launches New Publication on Historic Ties Between Geneva and the United States

Ambassador King Speaking at the Launch of "Connections"

We are here to launch a new illustrated booklet published by the U.S. Mission, and to celebrate the rich and multidimensional connections between the United States of America and Geneva, Switzerland. These connections run deep – they span centuries – and they continue to have a positive international impact today.

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Remarks of Secretary Clinton at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, February 28, 2011

Human Rights Council, Geneva. (File Photo)

Secretary Clinton: The international community is speaking with one voice and our message is unmistakable. These violations of universal rights are unacceptable and will not be tolerated. This Council took an important first step toward accountability on Friday by establishing an independent commission of inquiry.

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Fact Sheet on Humanitarian Assistance for Libya

In the midst of ongoing violence, the humanitarian situation in Libya is growing more acute. Restricted access and limited information pose distinct challenges, but the United States is actively responding and stands prepared to assist Libya’s people through this turbulent period.

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Secretary Clinton to speak in Geneva at Human Rights Council and Conference on Disarmament

We made a determination in this Administration to join the Human Rights Council. I think it’s proven to be a good decision because we’ve been able to influence a number of actions that we otherwise would have been on the outside looking in. There are a number of issues on that agenda that we will be working on. I will also go to the Conference on Disarmament because we continue to press for further action in accordance with President Obama’s Prague agenda. So it will be a very busy, exhausting day, but a very fruitful one for me to be there.

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Secretary Clinton: U.S. Welcomes HRC Actions on Libya

The United States welcomes today’s action by the UN Human Rights Council condemning human rights violations and violence committed by the Libyan government against its own people, and we strongly support the Council’s establishment of an independent commission of inquiry to investigate these violations with a view towards ensuring that those responsible are held accountable.

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Ambassador Donahoe's Statement at HRC Special Session on Libya

Ambassador Donahoe at the Special Session of the HRC on Libya

The United States strongly supports the convening of this special session to address the crisis in Libya. The Government of Libya has a responsibility to protect its population. It is failing to do so. In fact, it is attacking its population. The Human Rights Council has a responsibility to take action in response to ongoing emergency situations like the one in Libya, where a government is continuing to commit gross and systematic human rights violations.

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HRC 2011 Review – U.S. Statement at the Adoption of the Working Group Report

The United States undertook this process with a view to improving the Council. We started our work here with a number of our own proposals, and with an open mind to hearing those of others. Yet we were met with a process that seemed designed to be a race to the bottom.

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Statements by the United States at the February 24, 2011 DSB Meeting

Mr. Chairman, the United States provided a status report in this dispute on February 11, 2011, in accordance with Article 21.6 of the DSU.

As has been noted, a number of legislative proposals that would implement the DSB’s recommendations and rulings in this dispute were introduced in the 111th Congress.

The U.S. Administration will continue to work with Congress to implement the DSB’s recommendations and rulings.

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