All articles from: January, 2014

Text of London 11 Communique on the Geneva II Conference

The Geneva II Conference aims to allow the Syrian people to control its future through a genuine political transition. It is of utmost importance that these goals should be reached.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Comoros

While we recognize the progress made by the Anti-Corruption Committee in investigating abuses, we remain concerned about pervasive official corruption, particularly bribery.

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U.S. Works to Prevent Human Trafficking at Major Sporting Events

The United States worked with Great Britain to prevent traffickers from taking advantage of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Shown here is crowded Olympic Park in London.

Human trafficking, CdeBaca said, takes place every day in every country in the world, victimizing an estimated 27 million men, women and children.

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Arms Control and International Security: Next Steps in U.S. Arms Control Policy

Frank Rose:”I would like to provide an update on our work on implementing the agenda laid out nearly four years ago by President Obama in Prague, when he committed the United States to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons, a goal that he reaffirmed in his speech in Berlin this past June.”

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Macedonia

U.S. notes challenges that remain with regard to human rights protection, in particular in the prison system.

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Kerry Presents Awards for Corporate Excellence

Award for Corporate Excellence seal (State Dept.)

On January 29, Secretary of State John Kerry presented the Secretary of State’s 2013 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) to Fruit of the Loom in Honduras, Plantronics in Mexico and Taylor Guitars in Cameroon.

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Obama Cites Expansive U.S. Global Engagement Through Diplomacy

President Obama addressing Congress (AP Images

President Obama, in his annual speech to a joint session of the U.S. Congress, cited the crucial role of strong and principled American diplomacy in a world of challenges and threats.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Vanuatu

We recognize the serious and sustained efforts of the Vanuatu government to counter violence and discrimination against women and girls and encourage further commitment in this effort.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Yemen

U.S. recommends strengthening the rule of law, bolstering investigation of cases of gender-based violence and violence against journalists; and continuing activities to protect and promote the rights of children.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Uruguay

U.S recommendations include adopting a comprehensive national plan of action to address the worst forms of child labor.

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