All articles from: October, 2015

Statement by the President on the Adoption of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

I am confident in the extraordinary benefits to our national security and the peace and security of the world that come with the successful implementation of the JCPOA.

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Secretary John Kerry’s Remarks at Release of 2014 Report on International Religious Freedom

With Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom David Saperstein looking on, Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks at the release of the 2014 Report at the Department of State in Washington. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

Secretary Kerry: “The world has learned that religious pluralism encourages and enables contributions from all while religious discrimination is often the source of conflicts that endanger all.”

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Key U.S. Outcomes at the UN Human Rights Council 30th Session

The outcomes of the 30th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva underscored the importance of robust U.S. engagement at the Council, where the United States continues to work with countries from all regions to address urgent human rights concerns.

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U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions (GID) on Georgian conflict – Press Statement

The United States reaffirmed its strong commitment to the territorial integrity, independence, and sovereignty of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders.

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Secretary Kerry: Joint Press Availability with Haitian President Michel Martelly

John Kerry Haiti Visit

Kerry: “Haiti’s future depends on the unity of its people and on your ability to develop strong and stable democratic institutions.”

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Ambassador Hamamoto Remarks for U.S.-hosted Reception at UNHCR ExCom


It’s a pleasure to welcome you here this evening to mark the occasion of UNHCR’s annual Executive Committee meeting.

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U.S. Statement at the WTO Trade Policy Review of Cabo Verde

While Cabo Verde is not among the larger African countries, it sets a positive example in many ways, including its history of political stability and democratic governance, its high ranking on anti-corruption indices, and its efforts over the past ten years to pursue a market-orientated economic model that mainstreams international trade as part of its development strategy.

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U.S. Joins Consensus on Human Rights in the Administration of Justice

We also welcome the adoption of the revised United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, or “the Mandela Rules,” and appreciate this resolution’s emphasis on those non-binding rules.

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Statement on Co-Sponsorship of Equal Participation in Political and Public Affairs

This important and timely resolution calls attention to the growing number of ways in which citizens participate in political and public affairs and it reminds states to eliminate barriers, in law and in practice, to full and effective participation.

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Explanation of Vote on Forum on People of African Descent in the Diaspora

We endorsed its recommendation to create a Forum for People of African Descent. Given our belief in the purpose of this resolution, we would have liked to have been able to support it.

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