Secretary Blinken: Remarks to the Press on the COVID Response

Secretary Antony J. Blinken Remarks to the Press on the COVID Response Remarks To The Press Antony J. Blinken, Secretary Of State Ben Franklin Room Washington, D.C. APRIL 5, 2021 Secretary Blinken:  Good afternoon. Since the United States recorded its first COVID-19 death in February 2020, more than 550,000 Americans have died in the pandemic.  ... Read More»

Concluding Remarks at the Adoption of the Third UPR of the United States 

American leadership still matters.  We will exercise that leadership with humility, knowing that we have a great deal of work to do at home to enhance our standing abroad, but also knowing that no single country acting alone, can fully and effectively address these problems. Read More»

Amy Pope – U.S. Candidate for IOM Deputy Director General for Management and Reform

U.S. Candidate for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Deputy Director General for Management and Reform   The United States is proud to nominate Ms. Amy E. Pope for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Deputy Director General for Management and Reform position. Ms. Pope is a transformative leader in international migration policy with demonstrated ... Read More»

U.S. Statement at Interactive Dialogue with Commission of Inquiry on the Burundi

We remain concerned about reports of intimidation and violence by members of state security, intelligence forces, and their proxies and urge the government to continue to investigate and prosecute cases of unlawful killings, forced disappearance, torture, sexual violence, and other human rights abuses. Read More»

Joint Statement on the Human Rights of Migrants

The United States was pleased to join over 90 co-sponsors of this joint statement. Joint Statement – Human Rights of Migrants Delivered by by Ambassador Socorro Flores Liera Permanent Representative of Mexico on behalf of 95 States 46th session of the Human Rights Council March 9th, 2021 Madam President, I have the honor to deliver ... Read More»

Joint Statement on International Women’s Day

The United States was pleased to join the co-sponsors of the following joint statement to the United Nations Human Rights Council. Statement at the occasion of International Women’s Day Delivered by by Ambassador Socorro Flores Liera Permanent Representative of Mexico on behalf of Finland, Mexico and 60 States 46th session of the Human Rights Council ... Read More»

U.S. Statement at the HRC Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on Belarus

The United States remains deeply troubled by the Belarusian government’s crackdown on peaceful protesters, including reports of torture, continued detention of over 200 political prisoners, and refusal to engage in genuine dialogue with civil society, including the Coordination Council. Read More»

President Biden to Sign Executive Actions Restoring America’s Place in World

Today, President Biden is taking additional action to reassert our values on the world stage, to restore clarity and leadership to how America makes its foreign policy, and to support and empower the national security professionals who execute our policies, building a modern national security force that looks like the nation it serves. Read More»

Remarks at UNSC Briefing: U.S. committed to working together with other countries to combat COVID-19

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Post-COVID-19 Global Governance (via VTC) Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York January 25, 2021 AS DELIVERED And thank you to Tunisia for convening today’s discussion on the COVID-19 pandemic and for the leadership ... Read More»

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci Remarks at the WHO Executive Board Meeting

As a WHO member state, the United States will work constructively with partners to strengthen and importantly reform the WHO, to help lead the collective effort to strengthen the international COVID-19 response and address its secondary impacts on people, communities, and health systems around the world. Read More»

Inauguration Day 2021

President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Vice President Kamala Harris have taken the oath of office and have taken up their positions. The new WhiteHouse.gov we bsite is live and provides the following biographies. THE BIDEN-HARRIS ADMINISTRATION President Joe Biden Vice President Kamala Harris First Lady Dr. Jill Biden Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff The Cabinet Executive Office of the President The Biden-Harris Administration Immediate Priorities “President Biden will deliver bold action and immediate relief for American families as the country grapples with converging crises. This will include actions ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Shea at the WTO Trade Policy Review of Indonesia

WTO TRADE POLICY REVIEW OF INDONESIA Statement by U.S. Representative Ambassador Dennis C. Shea As Delivered Geneva – December 9, 2020 Thank you, Chair, and thank you to Ambassador Villalobos. The United States is pleased to welcome Vice Minister of Trade Jerry Sambuaga and the other members of the Indonesian delegation to the Trade Policy ... Read More»

Remarks by Assistant Secretary Robert Destro on Religious Freedom in Tibet

Remarks at the virtual event “Religious Freedom in Tibet: The Appointment of Buddhist Leaders and the Succession of the Dalai Lama” Robert A. Destro Assistant Secretary and U.S. Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor December 4, 2020 As Delivered Thank you for inviting me to join you and thank ... Read More»

U.S. Statement at the Trade Policy Review of Thailand

Trade Policy Review of Thailand Statement by the U.S. Representative Geneva, November 24, 2020 As Delivered Thank you, Chair. We welcome Thailand’s delegation today for its eighth Trade Policy Review (TPR). Thailand is an important economic partner of the United States, and we share a long trade relationship, dating back to the 1833 U.S.-Thailand Treaty ... Read More»

US Supports WHA Maintaining Focus on Health not Politics on Agenda Item 17

World Health Organization (WHO) 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) Geneva, Switzerland November 12, 2020 Health Conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory, including east Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan Agenda Item 17 Regarding World Health Assembly Agenda item 17, titled Health Conditions in the Occupied Palestinian territory, including east Jerusalem, and in the occupied ... Read More»

EOP on Resolution EB146.R10 Strengthening preparedness for health emergencies: implementation of the International Health Regulations

There is no international right to abortion, nor is there any obligation on the part of States to finance or facilitate abortion. As such, while the United States joins consensus on Resolution EB146.R10, for the reasons articulated above, we disassociate from preambular paragraph 25. Read More»

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

The United States recommends that Jamaica: 1. End abuses by security forces and other government agents involved in extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detention, and life-threatening prison conditions, and ensure swift accountability for those who commit abuses, by implementing existing mechanisms to investigate and punish abuses, and clearing administrative backlogs. Read More»

UPR of the United States: Statement by Alexander Maugeri, Department of Justice

The United States Constitution, along with federal and state laws, establishes standards of care to which all inmates are entitled. The Federal Bureau of Prisons, or BOP, meets its constitutional and statutory mandates by confining inmates in prisons and community-based facilities that are safe, humane, and appropriately secure. Read More»

UPR of the United States – Statement by Robert Destro, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor

Our  report  represents  not  just  the  work  of  the  Department  of  State,  but  also  the  Departments  of  Interior,  Justice,  Homeland  Security,  Labor,  Housing  &  Urban  Development,  Health  &  Human  Services,  Education,  Defense,  and  others. Read More»

Participation of Taiwan in the Upcoming World Health Assembly 

Participation of Taiwan in the Upcoming World Health Assembly Press Statement U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva November 6, 2020 We urge Director-General Tedros to invite Taiwan to participate in the upcoming World Health Assembly on November 9-14. We encourage the WHO to expand its efforts to offer Taiwan increased meaningful cooperation and ... Read More»

The U.S. Government’s Opposition to the Business and Human Rights Treaty Process 

The U.S. government will not participate in the Open-Ended Intergovernmental Working Group (OEIGWG) session this week on the articulation of a business and human rights treaty.  We continue to oppose this treaty based on its substance and the process around its development.    Read More»

Ambassador Robert Wood: Statement During the UN First Committee General Debate

United Nations First Committee (Disarmament and International Security)  General Debate Speech  Ambassador Robert Wood U.S. Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament, U.S. Special Representative for Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC) Issues and U.S. Commissioner for the New START Treaty’s Bilateral Consultative Commission (BCC) October 9, 2020 Text of Video Statement Thank you, Mr. ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Shea: WTO Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations

WTO Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations Heads of Delegation Meeting Statement by Ambassador Dennis C. Shea October 9, 2020 Thank you, Santiago, for your report and reflections on the week, as well as sharing some of your plans for the intersessional period leading up to the November meetings. The United States continues to support your process, which ... Read More»

Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) – Opening Statement

Opening Statement Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems Statement September 21, 2020 Thank you Mr. Chair for stepping in to lead the GGE, and let me begin by ensuring you of our delegation’s support during the upcoming meeting. We also thank Ambassador Karklins for his work, including his initiative to invite national ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Internet Shutdowns in Belarus

Media Note U.S. Department of State Office Of The Spokesperson September 17, 2020 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, ... Read More»

U.S. Response to Allegations of State-Level Impingement of an Assumed Right to Abortion

U.S. Response to Allegations of State-Level Impingement of an Assumed Right to Abortion   The following is the text of the United States response to a group of UN special procedures mandate holders alleging U.S. impingement to an assumed “right to abortion.” The letter was sent on August 11, 2020 to the Working Group on Discrimination Against Women ... Read More»

Ambassador Robert Wood: Statement at the Conference on Disarmament

Every CD Member State, indeed, Mr. President, every nation on Earth, should insist, as a matter of international peace and security, that China engage on nuclear arms control, transparency, and confidence building with the United States and the Russian Federation without further delay. Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Shea: WTO Rules Negotiating Group – Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations

Meeting of the Heads of Delegation Statement by Ambassador Dennis C. Shea Deputy U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization Geneva, 21 July 2020 Santiago, thank you for your efforts over the last challenging months. We appreciate your calling us back together today to provide our initial reactions to the ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Bremberg on the Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights

  Statement by Ambassador Andrew Bremberg U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva On the Release of the First Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights At this moment, hundreds of millions of men, women, and children around the world continue to suffer under harsh authoritarian regimes, where their ... Read More»

The United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the Syrian People

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary Of State June 30, 2020 At today’s fourth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region,” hosted by the European Union, Special Representative for Syria Engagement Ambassador James Jeffrey announced more than $696 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Syria in response to the ongoing ... Read More»

U.S. Explanation of Vote in Favor of Postponing the International Labor Conference to June 2021

United States Explanation of Vote in Favor of Postponing the International Labor Conference to June 2021 On March 30, 2020, the Director-General of the International Labor Organization (ILO)—with the concurrence of the Officers of the ILO Governing Body (GB) and the tripartite Screening Group comprising regional coordinators for all ILO member States —sent a ballot ... Read More»

The U.S. Role in International Organizations’ Response to COVID-19

The United States is by far the most generous and reliable contributor to crisis response and humanitarian action through the United Nations and dozens of international organizations. U.S. assistance, monetary and in-kind contributions, expertise and technology, are indispensable to the effort to combat COVID-19.  Read More»

Release of Arbitrarily Detained Civilians and U.S. Citizens in Syria to Avert COVID-19 Spread

In light of threats posed by COVID-19, the United States reiterates its calls for the Assad regime to take concrete steps to protect the fate of thousands of civilians, including U.S. citizens, being held arbitrarily in overcrowded and inhumane conditions in regime detention centers. Read More»

Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. ... Read More»

The State Department Imposes Sanctions on Individual Responsible for the Violence in northern Syria

The State Department Imposes Sanctions on Individual Responsible for the Violence in northern Syria STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE For Immediate Release Washington, DC – March 17, 2020 Today, the United States is designating a senior Assad regime official who is responsible for the violence and the disastrous humanitarian crisis ... Read More»

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

LIST OF KEY WEBSITES FOR REGULARLY UPDATED CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION Country Information from U.S. Embassies See the U.S. Embassy in Switzerland for the latest updates on Switzerland Neighbouring Countries U.S. Embassy France U.S. Embassy Germany U.S. Embassy Italy U.S. Government Information Sources / Travel and Health Warnings CDC page on COVID-19 T ravel.state.gov Country Information and Travel Advisory page World Health Organization World Health Organization information page on the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak Swiss Government Sources Federal Ministry of Health Canton of Geneva United ... Read More»

U.S. Delegation to the 77th (27th Extraordinary) Session of WIPO Coordination Committee

Ambassador Andrew Bremberg, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, will serve as the Head of Delegation.  Ambassador Robert Wood, U.S. Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, and Mr. Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and ... Read More»

USAID Statement on the Commitment of $37 Million in Assistance to Respond to COVID-19

The U.S. Government is providing these funds to the World Health Organization, other multilateral institutions, and programs led by USAID's implementing partners. These are the first U.S. Government funds committed from the pledge of up to $100 million announced by the U.S. Department of State on February 7, 2020. Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Shea at Heads of Delegation Meeting

I would like to use today’s meeting to highlight the importance of meaningful WTO reform to the United States given the publication this past weekend of the U.S. President’s Trade Policy Agenda. This important report provides direct guidance to me and the rest of the Executive Branch in the U.S. Government on trade policy priorities. Read More»

Condemning the Former Maduro Regime’s Participation at the UN Human Rights Council

 The United States reiterates our outrage that Maduro’s representatives sit on an international body charged with upholding human rights, while in Venezuela the former regime continues a campaign of systemic repression and targeted violence to maintain its tenuous grip on power. Read More»

COVID-19 Information

Information Resources on COVID-19 Country Information from U.S. Embassies See the U.S. Embassy in Switzerland for the latest updates on Switzerland Neighbouring Countries U.S. Embassy France U.S. Embassy Germany U.S. Embassy Italy U.S. Government Information Sources CDC page on COVID-19 COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov Travel.state.gov Country Information and Travel Advisory page World Health Organization World Health Organization information page on the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak Swiss Government Sources Federal Ministry of Health Canton of Geneva United Nations Office at Geneva ... Read More»

Remarks at the High-Level Forum on Wider Postal Sector Engagement at the UPU

Ambassador Bremberg: "We have already seen this happening in many places around the world.  And our challenge now, internationally, is how do we make these similar types of reforms at an international level that finds a meaningful way for postal sector operators to participate in the work of the UPU itself, and enabling them to ... Read More»

U.S. Statement on the Report of the WHO Director General

Ambassador Bremberg: "The novel coronavirus, now detected in over two dozen countries and affecting the global community, requires focused attention. We express our support, prayers, sympathy, and appreciation to the people of China and especially the health responders on the front lines, who are protecting not only their communities, but the world." Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Andrew Bremberg at UN Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony

I am honored to be a part of this event and humbled to be in the presence of survivors whose conviction and courage inspire awe and faith.  Holocaust Remembrance Day keeps alive the stories and experiences of those who bore witness to one of the most horrific periods in history – a few short years ... Read More»

VIDEO: U.S. Participation in the First Global Refugee Forum

The United States was proud to participate in the first Global Refugee Forum this week in Geneva and to reaffirm of our ongoing humanitarian assistance leadership. The needs of people affected by conflict and persecution are still greater than the support offered. More donors need to do more to ensure human dignity of all refugees. ... Read More»

U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the Conflict in Georgia

During the December 10-11 fiftieth round of the Geneva International Discussions (GID) on the conflict in Georgia, the U.S. delegation expressed frustration that participants have been unable to make progress on core issues and called on Russia to fulfill its obligations under the August 12, 2008 six-point ceasefire agreement, including in particular by withdrawing Russian ... Read More»

Ambassador Shea: Matters Related to the Functioning of the Appellate Body

Statement as Delivered by Ambassador Dennis Shea WTO General Council Meeting, December 9, 2019 INFORMAL PROCESS ON MATTERS RELATED TO THE FUNCTIONING OF THE APPELLATE BODY – REPORT BY THE FACILITATOR AND DRAFT DECISION ON THE FUNCTIONING OF THE APPELLATE BODY (WT/GC/W/791) We thank the Facilitator, Ambassador David Walker, for his considerable efforts to date ... Read More»

Statements by the United States at the November 22, 2019, DSB Meeting

Statements by the United States at the Meeting of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body Delivered by Ambassador Dennis Shea, U.S. Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization Geneva, November 22, 2019 NOTE: Only item 4 was delivered by Ambassador Shea. The other statements in this document were delivered at staff level. Read the Statements (PDF 274 KB) ... Read More»

U.S. Statement at Conference of High Contracting Parties to CCW Protocol V

The United States greatly values Protocol V as an instrument that brings together States with the common goal of minimizing the risk and effects of Explosive Remnants of War.  Full implementation of Protocol V assists in our collective efforts to reduce the post-conflict humanitarian problems caused by ERW.  Read More»

CCW: U.S. Statement on Consideration of the GGE Report on LAWS

The United States places great value in the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) as an international humanitarian law (IHL) treaty framework that brings together States with diverse security interests to discuss issues related to weapons that may be deemed to be excessively injurious or to have indiscriminate effects. Read More»

Harassment of the Family Members of Uighur Activists and Survivors in Xinjiang, China

The United States remains deeply troubled by multiple reports that the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has harassed, imprisoned, or arbitrarily detained family members of Uighur Muslim activists and survivors of Xinjiang internment camps who have made their stories public. Read More»

U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of El Salvador

We commend El Salvador for holding free and fair presidential elections in February this year and for announcing a new international mechanism to combat impunity and corruption, but remain concerned by alarmingly high rates of violence, corruption, and impunity and legislative efforts in the past year to undermine accountability and transitional justice. Read More»

The U.S. Government’s Continued Opposition to the Business & Human Rights Treaty Process

The United States once again will not participate in this week’s session of the Open-Ended Intergovernmental Working Group (OEIGWG) on the articulation of a business and human rights treaty in Geneva, because it remains opposed to the treaty process and the manner in which it has been pursued. Read More»

U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the Conflict in Georgia

At the forty-ninth round of the Geneva International Discussions (GID) on the conflict in Georgia, the U.S. delegation expressed concern over the recent escalation of tensions along the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL) with South Ossetia. Read More»

U.S. Department of State Imposes Visa Restrictions on Chinese Officials for Repression in Xinjiang

The United States calls on the People’s Republic of China to immediately end its campaign of repression in Xinjiang, release all those arbitrarily detained, and cease efforts to coerce members of Chinese Muslim minority groups residing abroad to return to China to face an uncertain fate.  Read More»

U.S. Statement at the 70th Session of the UNHCR Executive Committee

U.S. Delegation Statement 70th Sessionof the UNHCR Executive CommitteeCarol Thompson O’ConnellActing Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration As Prepared for Delivery Geneva, October 7, 2019 Mr. Chairman, Five years into the ambitious ten-year #IBelong Campaign to End Statelessness, we are reminded that UNHCR has set a high bar, and that every Member State should ... Read More»

The U.S. Increases its Contribution in Response to the Venezuelan Regional Crisis

On September 25, Secretary Pompeo announced in New York nearly $119 million in additional humanitarian assistance to further demonstrate the United States’ commitment and solidarity with the Venezuelan people and the region in response to the Maduro-made Venezuela crisis.  Read More»

U.S. Announces New Humanitarian Assistance for Displaced Rohingya in Bangladesh and Burma

Today in New York, the United States announced more than $127 million in additional humanitarian assistance for Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh and internally displaced Rohingya and members of other affected communities in Burma.  Read More»

United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance in Response to Venezuelan Regional Crisis

Deputy Secretary John Sullivan and United States Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green announced September 4 in Cúcuta, Colombia more than $120 million in additional U.S. humanitarian assistance to address the largest external displacement of persons in the Hemisphere’s history. Read More»

International Commitment to Protect Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief

Today we mark the first International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief.  This day serves as a reminder of the need to promote and protect the unalienable right of religious freedom, and the consequences when countries fail to do so. Read More»

U.S. Opening Statement at the Third Global Meeting of Wildlife Enforcement Networks

I am here today because wildlife trafficking undermines economic prosperity and communities’ livelihoods; it encourages corruption; it spreads disease; and it pushes species to the brink of extinction. Wildlife trafficking threatens our values, our governance structures, and the rule of law. Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Wood: The Threats Posed by Russia and China to Security of the Outer Space Environment.

The United States has explained in detail, many times our concerns about definitions and about verification related to objects in outer space and especially related to the draft "Treaty on the Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space" that has been submitted to this body by Russia and China. We have previously provided ... Read More»

VIDEO: Working Internationally to Protect U.S. Consumers

In our interconnected world, protecting consumers in the United States and around the world from hazardous products requires international cooperation. Recently a group of countries came together at the United Nations in Geneva to improve coordination and to share best practices for protecting families from products that pose fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazards. Richard ... Read More»

The U.S. to Provide Additional $38 M to Contain Ebola outbreak, including $15 M funding to WHO

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing more than $38 million in additional assistance to help end the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), including $15 million in new funding to the World Health Organization. Read More»

Statements delivered by Ambassador Dennis Shea – WTO General Council Meeting Geneva, July 24, 2019

We thank the proponents for their paper.  While we disagree with much of the paper’s content, we expect some of the issues it raises to be a significant part of the discussion in this Council as we approach MC12, so we appreciate the opportunity to confront them head on.  Read More»

Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Participation in Strategic Security Dialogue with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov

The Strategic Security Dialogue is the latest in a series of meetings the United States has conducted with Russian officials to build on Secretary Pompeo’s and Foreign Minister Lavrov’s discussions during their May 14 meeting in Sochi, Russia. Read More»

Public Designation, Due to Gross Violations of Human Rights, of Burmese Military Officials

Today, the Department of State is publicly designating the following individuals and their immediate family members for the named individuals’ responsibility for gross human rights violations, including in extrajudicial killings in northern Rakhine State, Burma, during the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya. Read More»

Ambassador Shea: Statement on EU Implementation of Non-Tariff Barriers on Agricultural Products

For more than 4 years, over 40 Members have taken the floor in the SPS and TBT Committees to ask the European Union to reconsider unsound policies–the implementation of which would have a profound and adverse impact on global agricultural production and trade, particularly in developing countries.   Read More»

Restoring Fundamental Freedoms in Nicaragua

We stand by the Nicaraguan people in their calls for a restoration of democracy through early, free, and fair elections. Rather than amnesty for human rights abusers, we demand a full accounting of crimes by Nicaraguan forces, including their role in the May 16 prison death of dual U.S.-Nicaraguan citizen and political prisoner Eddy Montes. Read More»

Confronting Atrocities in China: The Global Response to the Uyghur Crisis

Remarks David J. Ranz, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau Of South And Central Asian Affairs Washington, DC, June 6, 2019 U.S. Capitol Visitors Center As prepared Good morning, salam alaikum, and “Yahshimusiz”. My name is David Ranz and I am the acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, within the Bureau of South ... Read More»

VIDEO: Promoting Vaccine Confidence – World Health Assembly 2019

HS Secretary Alex Azar joined top health officials and global health partners at a World Health Assembly side event to look at ways to boost public trust in vaccines as our most reliable front line defense against disease. WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus delivered closing remarks at the event entitled “Promoting Vaccine Confidence: ... Read More»

Plenary Statement 72nd World Health Assembly

Secretary Azar: "Last year, we marked the 100th anniversary of the 1918 influenza pandemic, which killed more than 50 million people. Soon after, in 1919, another significant outbreak, of typhus in Europe, led health ministers to come together to plan the health component of the League of Nations, even before the League had its first ... Read More»

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

We complement Portugal for its positive overall human rights record, and especially for its cooperation with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and other humanitarian organizations in providing protection and assistance to refugees, asylum seekers, stateless persons, or other persons of concern. Read More»

Arms Control and International Security: Lessons From Disarmament History for the CEND Initiative

When we emphasize the degree to which the CEND initiative learns lessons from the past about how it is futile — and can be counterproductive — to try to address disarmament issues without considering the underlying circumstances of the security environment in which disarmament-related decisions take place, we are not just making idle assumptions. This ... Read More»

Increased Violence in Northwest Syria

The United States is alarmed by the escalation of violence in Idlib and northern Hama. Ongoing Russian and regime airstrikes, along with attacks by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other groups connected to Al Qaeda in Syria, continue to destabilize the region, exacerbate the dire humanitarian situation, and cause dozens of civilian deaths and injuries - ... Read More»

U.S. Statement: Committee on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures

As we continue fisheries subsidies negotiations in the Rules Negotiating Group, discussions have all too often devolved into abstract debates on definitions, fisheries management regimes, and jurisdictional issues. The subsidy notifications called for by our ministers are straightforward and serve as an important reality check on those discussions. Read More»

Nuclear Disarmament Colloquium: Closing Remarks

As we work with international partners to make this emerging dialogue a reality, I think the approach and the insights that animate today’s colloquium are precisely the right ones. I think we all share a commitment to bringing into being a world that is not only free of nuclear weapons, but is also one in ... Read More»

The United States and Partners Hold Event on Human Rights Violations and Abuses in Nicaragua

On April 4, the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Georgia held an event in Geneva, Switzerland, to expose the ongoing violations and abuses of human rights in Nicaragua that began in April 2018 with the Ortega-Murillo regime’s violent crackdown on peaceful protesters. Read More»

U.S. Statement at the Geneva International Discussions on the Conflict in Georgia

At the forty-seventh round of the Geneva International Discussions (GID) on the conflict in Georgia, April 2-3, the United States welcomed the resumption of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) meetings in Ergneti and efforts by the GID Co-Chairs and participants to re-convene the IPRM meetings in Gali as soon as possible.