All articles from: January, 2016

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

We note the recent presidential election, which led to an historic runoff, and welcomed the participation of both international and local election observers.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of the Solomon Islands, 24th Session

We commend the Solomon Islands for its commitment to democracy, as demonstrated by its free and fair national elections in 2014, and for taking steps to respect its international human rights obligations.

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Barack Obama: Why we must rethink solitary confinement

The United States is a nation of second chances, but the experience of solitary confinement too often undercuts that second chance. Those who do make it out often have trouble holding down jobs, reuniting with family and becoming productive members of society. Imagine having served your time and then being unable to hand change over to a customer or look your wife in the eye or hug your children.

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

Somalia has made significant political progress since its previous UPR in 2011. The formation of the federal government in 2012 laid the foundation for building an inclusive federal system. This progress must continue.

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Secretary Kerry: Remarks at the World Economic Forum


Nothing, in the end, would do more to terminate the threat of Daesh than, obviously, to negotiate an end to the war in Syria, and that is precisely what we are trying to do.

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Fact Sheet: Strengthening the International Response to the Global Refugee Crisis

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced today in Davos, Switzerland, that the United States is seeking significant new international commitments to strengthen the international response to the global refugee crisis.

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United States Begins Implementation of Changes to the Visa Waiver Program


The United States today began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act). U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) welcomes more than a million passengers arriving to the United States every day and is committed to facilitating legitimate travel while maintaining the highest standards of security and border protection. Under the Act, travelers in the following categories are no longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP):

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

We commend Palau for the steps taken to deter acts of domestic violence and protect survivors, including passing the Palau Family Protection Act in 2012, conducting public education efforts to combat abuse against children and women, extending the minimum wage to foreign workers, and allowing potential trafficking victims to break abusive contracts while pursuing legal claims against former employers.

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

The United States notes Belgium’s efforts to combat discrimination, including discrimination in the housing market, but is concerned with continued specific instances of discrimination against members of minority groups.

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Secretary Kerry’s Meeting With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov


Secretary Kerry met today in Zurich with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov to discuss Syria, Ukraine, and other issues of mutual concern.

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