On the 34th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

PRESS STATEMENT THE SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 3, 2023 Tomorrow, we observe the 34th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. On June 4th, 1989, the Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) sent tanks into Tiananmen Square to brutally repress peaceful Chinese pro-democracy protesters and bystanders alike. The victims’ bravery will not be forgotten …

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Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on LGBTQI+ Pride Month

United States Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy For Immediate Release June 1, 2023 Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on LGBTQI+ Pride Month Pride Month is a time to celebrate the progress that we have made so far in securing protections for the human rights of the LGBTQI+ community. It …

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World Food Prize laureate turns ‘mines to vines’

By ShareAmerica May 11, 2023 Heidi Kühn walked through her first minefield, in Dragalić, Croatia, in 2000. Workers there asked her blood type in case she stepped on a land mine. “That was such a defining moment,” Kühn said. “I was with a friend and we looked at each other in the eye and we …

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United States Imposes Additional Sanctions and Export Controls on Russia in Coordination with International Partners

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 19, 2023 The United States will continue to take actions against Russia until it ends its brutal and illegal war against Ukraine. The United States is implementing commitments made at the G7 Leaders’ Summit to increase costs for Russia and those who support its war effort. Among others, …

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Treasury Sanctions the Head of the Wagner Group in Mali

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY PRESS RELEASES MAY 25, 2023 WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Ivan Aleksandrovich Maslov (Maslov), the head of Russian Private Military Company ‘Wagner’ (Wagner Group) paramilitary units and its principal administrator based in Mali. The Wagner Group and its leader, …

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Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council High-Level Open Debate on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York May 23, 2023 AS DELIVERED Thank you very much, President Berset. And I particularly want to thank Switzerland for making the pressing issue of conflict-induced food security a centerpiece of its presidency. This is also a very high priority for the U.S. …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Ukraine

Ambassador Robert Wood Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs New York, New York May 18, 2023 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President, and I thank Mr. Ebo for his detailed briefing. We gather again just weeks after discussing this same topic and, unfortunately, little has changed. We’re here again listening to Russia’s allegations that arms …

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Statement from President Joe Biden on International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia

WHITE HOUSE MAY 17, 2023 Everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity and equality—no matter whom they love, or how they identify. On the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia, we reaffirm our commitment to this ongoing work and stand with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) people around the world. …

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Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Ambassador Jim O’Brien at a Foreign Press Center Briefing on the Black Sea Grain Initiative

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York May 11, 2023 AS DELIVERED MODERATOR: Welcome to the New York Foreign Press Center. We’re honored to have two distinguished briefers with us today who will speak on the Black Sea Grain Initiative: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations; …

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Media Note: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Announces United States to Join Council of Europe’s Register of Damage for Ukraine

United States Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy For Immediate Release May 15, 2023 Media Note: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Announces United States to Join Council of Europe’s Register of Damage for Ukraine The United States has expressed its intent to join the Council of Europe’s “Register of Damage Caused by …

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The importance of an independent press

By ShareAmerica Free, independent media allow the public to make informed decisions, hold leaders accountable and hear a diversity of opinions — all free of government influence. Journalists in the United States can report on public health questions, question elected officials — sometimes aggressively — and raise controversial issues without fear of reprisal. “Information and …

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Remarks at Russia’s Arria-formula Meeting on the Situation of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine

Trina Saha Deputy Political Coordinator New York, New York May 12, 2023 AS DELIVERED The United States takes seriously allegations of violations of human rights, including the freedom of religion or belief. We expect all countries to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms. However, it is hard to take seriously Russia’s meeting today as a …

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Statement from President Joe Biden Ahead of the Fifth Review Conference of the Chemical Weapons Convention

WHITE HOUSE MAY 12, 2023 Chemical weapons have wrought unthinkable horrors upon our world, and should never again be developed or deployed—period. That’s the commitment the world made when the Chemical Weapons Convention created the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in 1997—and it’s a commitment we must renew every day until our world …

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Europe moves away from Russia’s oil and gas

By ShareAmerica The European Union is producing all-time highs of wind and solar energy as the 27-country group works to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels from Russia. Four months after Vladimir Putin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the European Commission launched REPowerEU . This campaign aims to: Boost the use of renewable energy. …

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Sanctioning Russian Federation and Iranian State Actors Responsible for the Wrongful Detention of U.S. Nationals

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 27, 2023 The United States has no higher commitment than bringing home wrongfully detained Americans. Today, we are promoting accountability for those responsible for wrongfully detaining U.S. nationals abroad. Our actions are a clear and direct warning to those around the world who wrongfully detain U.S. …

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Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Sumi Somaskanda of BBC World News

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York April 24, 2023 AS DELIVERED QUESTION: Ambassador, it’s great to have you with us. I want to ask you about one of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s stronger comments that he made today. FOREIGN MINISTER SERGEI LAVROV: As was the case in …

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Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Effective Multilateralism

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York April 24, 2023 AS DELIVERED Let me start by thanking Secretary-General Guterres for your remarks, and to thank you and the entire UN system for all of your efforts to promote peace and security and to support the UN Charter. And thank …

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Statement from President Joe Biden on Armenian Remembrance Day

WHITE HOUSE APRIL 24, 2023 Today, we pause to remember the lives lost during the Meds Yeghern—the Armenian genocide— and renew our pledge to never forget. On April 24, 1915, Ottoman authorities arrested Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople—the start of a systematic campaign of violence against the Armenian community. In the years that …

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Statement from President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden on the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

THE WHITE HOUSE APRIL 20, 2023 Jill and I extend our best wishes to Muslim communities across the country and around the world as you celebrate Eid al-Fitr and conclude the holy month of Ramadan. With the sighting of the crescent moon, Eid al-Fitr is a festive celebration where Muslims feast after the holy month …

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Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Security Council Stakeout on Russia’s Crackdown on Media Freedom

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York April 17, 2023 AS DELIVERED AMBASSADOR LINDA THOMAS-GREENFIELD: I am delivering this statement on behalf of the following countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, …

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Commemorating the Days of Holocaust Remembrance

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 17, 2023 On Yom HaShoah we remember and honor the six million Jews and the millions of others the Nazis murdered including Roma, LGBTQI+ persons, Slavs, and persons with disabilities. We honor them not only as they died, but as they lived, fought, and loved. We …

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The Sentencing of Opposition Politician Vladimir Kara-Murza

PRESS STATEMENT APRIL 17TH, 2023 The court’s decision today to sentence Vladimir Kara-Murza to 25 years in prison for expressing an opinion critical of the policies of his government is another terrible sign of the repression that has taken hold in Russia. We call for his immediate release. The right to have political opinions, or …

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Remarks at an Arria-Formula Meeting Organized by the Russian Federation on Children in Armed Conflict

Ngoyi Ngoyi Political Advisor New York, New York April 5, 2023 AS DELIVERED Since Russia’s illegal and unprovoked war in Ukraine began, Russia has forcibly separated thousands of children, aged between 4 months and 17 years old, from their families or legal guardians and moved them to over 40 different facilities in Russia-occupied parts of …

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Russians in the U.S., and elsewhere, press for peace

By ShareAmerica Around the world and in the United States people who identify as Russian continue to show support for the people of Ukraine and freedom. To mark one year since the Kremlin launched its full-scale war against Ukraine, many Russians in the United States took to the streets February 24 to voice their opposition, …

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Russia’s Wrongful Detention of Journalist Evan Gershkovich

PRESS STATEMENT VEDANT PATEL, PRINCIPAL DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON APRIL 10, 2023 Today, Secretary Blinken made a determination that Evan Gershkovich is wrongfully detained by Russia. Journalism is not a crime. We condemn the Kremlin’s continued repression of independent voices in Russia, and its ongoing war against the truth. The U.S. government will provide all appropriate support …

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Remarks by President Biden Ahead of the One-Year Anniversary of Russia’s Brutal and Unprovoked Invasion of Ukraine

The Royal Castle in Warsaw Warsaw, Poland 5:39 P.M. CET THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Poland! (Applause.) One of our great allies. President Duda, Prime Minister — Mr. Prime Minister, Mr. Mayor, and to all the former ministers and presidents, as well as mayors and Polish political leaders from all across the country: Thank you for welcoming …

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Russia’s Intensifying Crackdown on Independent Civil Society

In recent days, the Kremlin has struck more blows against independent civil society and media. On January 25, a Moscow court ruled to close the Moscow Helsinki Group, Russia’s oldest human rights organization and the inspiration for citizens’ groups monitoring human rights in the Europe-Eurasia region and around the world. The Kremlin’s crackdown on independent …

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Joint Statement Through the Global Partnership for Action on Gender-Based Online Harassment and Abuse on Standing with the Women and Girls of Iran

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON DECEMBER 8, 2022 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Australia, Canada, Chile, Iceland, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Begin Text: The undersigned Foreign Ministers for country members of the Global Partnership for Action …

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The Release of Brittney Griner from Russia

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE DECEMBER 8, 2022 This morning, I joined President Biden, Vice President Harris, National Security Advisor Sullivan, and Cherelle Griner in the Oval Office, as Cherelle spoke to her wife Brittney, who is now on her way back to the United States and to her wife’s loving embrace. …

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The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE NOVEMBER 25, 2022 Today we recognize the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign. Despite great strides to prevent and respond to the pervasiveness of gender-based violence around the world, violence remains …

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Accountability for War Crimes and Other Atrocities in Ukraine: Recent Reporting on Unjust Detentions and Disappearances in Kherson Oblast

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 18, 2022 The Conflict Observatory, a program supported by the U.S. Department of State, released an independent report today that details numerous instances of unjust detentions and disappearances in Kherson, Ukraine, as they relate to Russia’s ongoing filtration operations. Russia must halt these operations and withdraw its forces to end a needless war …

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Russia’s Continued Wrongful Detention of Brittney Griner

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE NOVEMBER 9, 2022 Following a sham trial and the unjust sentencing of Brittney Griner, Moscow is transferring her from a prison in Moscow to a remote penal colony. It is another injustice layered on her ongoing unjust and wrongful detention. As we work to secure Brittney Griner’s …

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The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists 

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 2, 2021 A free and independent press holds leaders accountable, protects the rights of citizens, and ensures our communities are well informed. In too many countries, journalists face the threat of violence or imprisonment for their reporting. The United States condemns threats, harassment, and violence targeting journalists and media …

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International Religious Freedom Day

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 27, 2022 PRESS STATEMENT The United States joins the international community in marking the 24th occasion of International Religious Freedom Day. Freedom of religion or belief is a founding principle of our nation, enshrined in our Constitution. Americans cherish the right to worship, or not worship, as they …

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Statement by Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price calling for the Immediate Release of Aleksey Navalny

Last week, Russian authorities initiated a new criminal case against opposition leader and anticorruption campaigner Aleksey Navalny for allegedly, quote, “propagating extremism, calling for terrorism, financing extremist activity, and rehabilitating Nazism.” Those, of course, were their charges. These charges could result in a cumulative 30 years’ imprisonment. Only two days before the outrageous new charges …

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Statement of U.S. Embassy Moscow CDA Elizabeth Rood Following U.S. Citizen Brittney Griner’s Hearing

Statement of U.S. Embassy Moscow CDA Elizabeth Rood Following U.S. Citizen Brittney Griner’s Hearing Moscow Oblast Court October 25, 2022 Today was another sad day for the rule of law in the Russian Federation. In the case of U.S. citizen Brittney Griner, the appeals court made a slight reduction in her sentence for time served …

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Statement from National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on the Continued Wrongful Detention of Brittney Griner

THE WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING ROOM STATEMENTS AND RELEASES OCTOBER 25, 2022 We are aware of the news out of Russia that Brittney Griner will continue to be wrongfully detained under intolerable circumstances after having to undergo another sham judicial proceeding today. President Biden has been very clear that Brittney should be released immediately. In recent …

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On Russia’s Acquisition of UAVs from Iran

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON OCTOBER 19, 2022 PRESS STATEMENT Today, the United States joined the United Kingdom and France in raising the issue of Iran’s transfer of UAVs to Russia at a meeting of the UN Security Council, where Council members received expert briefings from the UN Secretariat on reports of the transfer of these …

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The Trial of Félicien Kabuga for Genocide in Rwanda

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 29, 2022 PRESS STATEMENT The United States welcomes the opening statements in the trial of Félicien Kabuga at the Hague branch of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT), the successor mechanism to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Indicted for genocide and crimes against humanity, Kabuga is …

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael G. Kozak at the OSCE Warsaw Human Dimension Conference

Warsaw Human Dimension Conference: Plenary Session V Rights of persons belonging to national minorities; Treatment of citizens of other States and human rights of migrants; Roma and Sinti issues; Equal opportunities and rights for women and men; Violence against women and children As prepared for delivery by Ambassador Michael G. Kozak, Head of the U.S. …

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Russia’s Sham Referenda in Ukraine

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 29, 2022 PRESS STATEMENT The Kremlin’s sham referenda are a futile effort to mask what amounts to a further attempt at a land grab in Ukraine. To be clear: the results were orchestrated in Moscow and do not reflect the will of the people of Ukraine. The United …

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On the Anniversary of the Massacre at Babyn Yar: Joint Statement from Special Envoys for Holocaust Issues Condemning Russian Actions in Ukraine

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 29, 2022 MEDIA NOTE The text of the following statement was announced by the envoys for Holocaust issues or their equivalent from Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Romania, United Kingdom, and the United States of America on behalf of their Governments. Begin Text: We must never forget the …

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$457.5 Million in New U.S. Civilian Security Assistance for Ukraine

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 26, 2022 PRESS STATEMENT The United States today committed an additional $457.5 million in civilian security assistance to enhance the efforts of Ukrainian law enforcement and criminal justice agencies to improve their operational capacity and save lives as they continue to help defend the Ukrainian people, their freedom, …

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Welcoming the Release of Political Prisoners in Belarus

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 25, 2022 PRESS STATEMENT The United States welcomes the release of several political prisoners in Belarus including Aleh Hurzdzilovich, a Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty journalist. While the release of these political prisoners is a step in the right direction, too many political prisoners remain behind bars in Belarus. We call …

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Statement from President Biden on Russia’s Sham Referenda in Ukraine

THE WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING ROOM SEPTEMBER 23, 2022 STATEMENTS AND RELEASES The United States will never recognize Ukrainian territory as anything other than part of Ukraine. Russia’s referenda are a sham – a false pretext to try to annex parts of Ukraine by force in flagrant violation of international law, including the United Nations Charter. …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at the United Nations Security Council Ministerial Meeting on Ukrainian Sovereignty and Russian Accountability

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS NEW YORK, NEW YORK SEPTEMBER 22, 2022 REMARKS SECRETARY BLINKEN: (Via interpreter) Thank you very much, Madam President, for having brought this council together at this very grave moment of the crisis of the war of Russia on Ukraine. (In English) Mr. Secretary General, thank you …

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The Moscow Mechanism Report on Russia’s Failure to Fulfill its Human Dimension Commitments

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON PRESS STATEMENT SEPTEMBER 22, 2022 The United States and 37 other countries invoked the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Moscow Mechanism on July 28 to examine the Russia’s adherence to its OSCE Human Dimension commitments on human rights and fundamental freedoms. In the report released today in Vienna , the expert mission found that a …

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FACT SHEET: At United Nations General Assembly, President Biden Announces $2.9 Billion in Additional Funding to Strengthen Global Food Security

THE WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING ROOM STATEMENTS AND RELEASES SEPTEMBER 21, 2022 Today, in his address to the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. announced over $2.9 billion in new assistance from the U.S. Government to address global food insecurity. President Biden’s announcement builds on the $6.9 billion in …

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Announcing Winners of Peace Poster Competition

Press Release In Honor of UN International Day of Peace Announcing Winners of Peace Poster Competition September 21, 2022 At this critical moment in history, when peace, freedom, and democracy are under threat, U.S. Embassy Moscow is proud to honor the United Nations International Day of Peace with the announcement of the winners of the …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken At a Freedom of Expression Roundtable

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FOREIGN PRESS CENTER NEW YORK, N.Y. SEPTEMBER 19, 2022 REMARKS SECRETARY BLINKEN: Good morning, everyone. Before we begin, let me just take a moment to again welcome the safe return of Mark Frerichs, an American Navy veteran who spent more than two and a half years in captivity in …

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Documenting Russia’s Destructive Impact on Food Storage in Ukraine

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 15, 2022 President Putin’s unjustified war against Ukraine puts millions around the globe at risk of increasing food insecurity. The Kremlin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, one of the world’s largest exporters of food, has led to the damage or outright destruction of many of Ukraine’s arterial roads, railways, …

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World Press Freedom Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 2, 2021 Tomorrow, the United States joins the international community in celebrating World Press Freedom Day.  Information and knowledge are powerful tools, and a free and independent press is the core institution connecting publics to the information they need to advocate for themselves, make informed decisions, and …

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Ambassador Sullivan on Human Rights Day

“We all must continue to strive for global respect for the inalienable rights belonging to all individuals, regardless of their race, gender, sexual identity, disability, or any other characteristic. Over the course of my career, I have seen the progress that can be made when nations invest in the protection of human rights of all …

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Ongoing Harassment of Jehovah’s Witnesses and Other Religious Minorities in Russia.

United States Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy As delivered by Political Counselor Gregory Macris to the Permanent Council, Vienna For Immediate Release July 5, 2018 Thank you, Mr. Chair. Less than two months ago, the United States joined other participating States at the Permanent Council in expressing concern about …

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Statement by Acting Spokesperson Toner on the the detention of peaceful protesters throughout Russia on Sunday

“The United States strongly condemns the detention of hundreds of peaceful protesters throughout #Russia on Sunday. Detaining peaceful protesters, human rights observers, and journalists is an affront to core democratic values. We were troubled to hear of the arrest of opposition figure Alexei Navalny upon arrival at the demonstration, as well as the police raids …

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