All articles from: May, 2012

Ambassador Kennedy: the international community is ready to negotiate a FMCT now

“The conclusion of a Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty (FMCT) remains a vital and necessary step for nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation. An FMCT is essential if we are to work toward a world without nuclear weapons, as President Obama highlighted in his 2009 Prague speech.”

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U.S. Statement at the UPR for the Netherlands

We commend the Netherlands for its longstanding commitment to the promotion of human rights, both domestically and internationally. The Netherlands regularly plays a leading role in defending human rights worldwide, including rights of members of minority groups, rights of women, rights of LGBT persons, religious freedom, and freedom of expression.

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Fact Sheet – White House on Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act

Barack Obama signs the Export-Import Bill

The Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act of 2012 is a bipartisan bill that will reauthorize the Bank to continue financing U.S. exports, and ensure a level playing field for U.S. businesses, at no cost to American taxpayers.

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Africa’s Time Has Come, Says U.S. Trade Official

Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa Florizelle Liser

Africa has become the next economic frontier, thanks to outstanding recent growth, new reforms and better governance across the continent, according to Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa Florizelle Liser.

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Ambassador Rice at U.N. on Haoula Massacre in Syria

The best outcome would be for the government of Syria to finally and immediately implement its commitments under the Annan plan as it’s obliged to do under UN Security Council resolutions. At this point, however, that does not seem to be a high probability scenario

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U.S. Sanctions Syrian Bank to Isolate Assad Regime

Packets of Syrian currency

The United States has taken new action to isolate Syria’s Assad regime from the international financial system by sanctioning the Syria International Islamic Bank (SIIB).

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Poland

We commend Poland’s gender parity law, which sets minimums for women’s representation in political bodies. We congratulate the Polish people and government for the election to parliament of two members of African descent, a transgender woman, and the first openly gay man.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR for Algeria

We commend Algeria for several recent efforts to improve its protection of the freedoms enjoyed by its citizens, including partially lifting restrictions on freedom of assembly under its 1990s Emergency Law and for some positive elements in its reformed Law on Associations.

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Ambassador Rice on International Day of U.N. Peacekeepers

UN peacekeeper

“Since 1948, UN peacekeepers have saved lives, stabilized communities, headed off conflicts, and helped bring democracy to dozens of countries, often at grave risk.”

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Assad Regime Responsible for Haoula Massacre, U.S. Says

Burial of Haoula massacre victims

The United States joined several other nations in expelling a senior Syrian diplomat in response to the massacre of more than 100 men, women and children in the Syrian village of Haoula.

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