All articles from: March, 2016

Fact Sheet – The Nuclear Security Summits: Securing the World from Nuclear Terrorism


President Obama in his Prague remarks identified the risk of nuclear terrorism as the most immediate and extreme threat to global security, and he called for a worldwide effort to secure all vulnerable nuclear materials in four years. He also highlighted the need to break up black markets, detect and intercept materials in transit, and use financial tools to disrupt illicit trade in nuclear materials.

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The United States Announces Additional Pledges in Support of Syrian Refugees


The United States joins UNHCR in calling for new ways nations, civil society, the private sector, and individuals can together address the global refugee challenge. The United States encourages other countries to consider expanding resettlement and other forms of admissions for all refugee populations, ensuring that more of those in need have the opportunity to start their lives anew in safety and with dignity.

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Statement by Deputy Secretary Higginbottom at UNHCR Conference on Syrian Refugee Resettlement

U.S. Statement at UNHCR Conference on Syrian Refugees

U.S. government commits an additional $10 million for the UNHCR appeal for resettlement activities.

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Secretary Kerry Honors 14 Women of Courage – Remarks at the International Women of Courage Awards Ceremony


“Each year, we come together on behalf of the Obama Administration and the State Department to recognize women who have made really special, singular contributions to peace, to prosperity, to stability all around the globe. And every one of these women who are here today and those who were celebrated previously have all dedicated their lives to the pursuit of justice.”

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Ambassador Harper: End of Session Statement and Explanation for all HRC31 Resolutions

The United States strongly supports the new mandate on South Sudan. The wholesale disregard for human lives and rights has gone on too long, and must stop. We are pleased the Council adopted a consensus resolution on North Korean human rights that established a panel of experts to explore appropriate approaches to accountability.

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Statement by the United States at the March 23, 2016, DSB Meeting

Statement by the United States at the Meeting of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body as delivered in Geneva on March 23, 2016.

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Fact Sheet: Key Outcomes of U.S. Priorities at the UN Human Rights Council’s 31st Session

Key Outcomes on U.S. Priorities at the UN HRC-31

Although the United States is not a voting member of the UN Human Rights Council this year – taking a mandatory year off, while standing for re-election in the fall – it maintains robust engagement in the Council, working with countries from all regions to address urgent human rights situations and issues.

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Release of Azerbaijani Human Rights Lawyer Intigam Aliyev

The United States welcomes the decision by the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan to conditionally release human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev. This follows the March 17 release of more than a dozen other individuals. We urge the government to release other individuals who have been incarcerated for exercising their fundamental freedoms and to end restrictions on the movement of those released, and we look forward to working with the Azerbaijani government on additional positive steps.

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The United States Provides an Additional $20 Million in Response to Europe Refugee and Migration Crisis

The U.S. announces $20 million to support efforts by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and the International Federation of Red Cross/Red Crescent (IFRC) to respond to increased protection, shelter, and other lifesaving assistance throughout Europe, including in Greece, Western Turkey, and the Balkans.

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Ambassador Keith Harper: Press Briefing on Outcomes of the 31st Session of the HRC

Ambassador Keith Harper

The Council showed that when the international community is united, we can deliver forceful messages about the importance of promoting and protecting human rights.

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