Secretary Blinken’s Call with Politburo Member Yang

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Politburo Member Yang READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JUNE 11, 2021 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke by phone with Chinese Communist Party Politburo Member and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission Yang Jiechi today. Secretary Blinken and Director Yang discussed the United States’ comprehensive DPRK ...
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A Proclamation on Day Of Remembrance: 100 Years After The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

A Proclamation on Day Of Remembrance: 100 Years After The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre MAY 31, 2021•PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS One hundred years ago, a violent white supremacist mob raided, firebombed, and destroyed approximately 35 square blocks of the thriving Black neighborhood of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Families and children were murdered in cold blood. Homes, businesses, and churches were burned. In all, as many as 300 Black Americans were killed, ...
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U.S. Embassy in Beijing Chargé d’Affaires Statement to Honor the Victims of the Tiananmen Square Massacre

Today, we held a candlelight vigil at the U.S. embassy to remember the victims of the massacre in Tiananmen Square 32 years ago on June 4, 1989.  Those killed were only trying to find new ways to strengthen the country they loved.  They were patriots whom we remember, and their courage continues to inspire us. ...
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A Proclamation on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month, 2021

A Proclamation on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month, 2021 JUNE 01, 2021 • PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS The uprising at the Stonewall Inn in June, 1969, sparked a liberation movement — a call to action that continues to inspire us to live up to our Nation’s promise of equality, liberty, and justice for all.  Pride is a time to recall the trials the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, ...
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Denial of Democracy in Hong Kong

Denial of Democracy in Hong Kong STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN May 27, 2021 The Chinese government continues to undermine the democratic institutions of Hong Kong, denying Hong Kong residents the rights that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) itself has guaranteed.  The Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo) passage on May 27 of new measures that alter the composition of ...
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PRC Sanctions on a Former U.S. Official

PRC Sanctions on a Former U.S. Official STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN May 27, 2021 The United States condemns the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) sanctions on a former U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) commissioner.  These sanctions follow the PRC’s March retaliatory sanctions against two USCIRF commissioners as well as Canadian, UK, and European officials, academics, and organizations.  Those ...
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken Virtual Remarks at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Multilateralism

Secretary Antony J. Blinken Virtual Remarks at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Multilateralism May 7, 2021 Washington, D.C. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good morning, good afternoon, good evening.  Let me start by thanking China and Foreign Minister Wang for initiating this critical discussion on the future of the United Nations and the international order.  And thank you as well to the President of the General Assembly Bozkir for your ...
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FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces Additional Actions to Respond to Anti-Asian Violence, Xenophobia and Bias

FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces Additional Actions to Respond to Anti-Asian Violence, Xenophobia and Bias MARCH 30, 2021  STATEMENTS AND RELEASES  “Too many Asian Americans have been walking up and down the streets and worrying, waking up each morning the past year feeling their safety and the safety of their loved ones are at stake. They’ve been attacked, blamed, scapegoated, and harassed. They’ve been verbally assaulted, physically assaulted, killed… The conversation we had ...
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Hong Kong Policy Act Report

Hong Kong Policy Act Report 03/31/2021 10:52 AM EDT Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State Over the past year, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has continued to dismantle Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy, in violation of its obligations under the Sino-British Joint Declaration and Hong Kong’s Basic Law.  In particular, the PRC government’s adoption and the Hong Kong ...
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On Transgender Day of Visibility

On Transgender Day of Visibility 03/31/2021 08:12 AM EDT Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State On the occasion of Transgender Day of Visibility, the United States proudly recognizes transgender and gender non-conforming persons and their continued struggle for a life of equality, security, and dignity.  Across the globe, members of the transgender and gender non-conforming community are making significant strides ...
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PRC Sanctions on U.S. Officials

PRC Sanctions on U.S. Officials 03/27/2021 09:02 PM EDT Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State The United States condemns the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) baseless sanctions on two U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) commissioners apparently in retaliation for U.S. sanctions on PRC officials connected with serious human rights abuse in Xinjiang.  This comes after the PRC’s January ...
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Treasury Sanctions Chinese Government Officials in Connection with Serious Human Rights Abuse in Xinjiang

U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Public Affairs Press Release: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 22, 2021  Treasury Sanctions Chinese Government Officials in Connection with Serious Human Rights Abuse in Xinjiang WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned two current Chinese government officials in connection with serious human rights abuses against ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). ...
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Promoting Accountability for Human Rights Abuse with Our Partners

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN March 22, 2021 Promoting Accountability for Human Rights Abuse with Our Partners Today, the United States, in unity with our partners, is imposing sanctions against Wang Junzheng, the Secretary of the Party Committee of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC) and Chen Mingguo, Director of the ...
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Joint Statement on Xinjiang

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  MEDIA NOTE March 22, 2021 Joint Statement on Xinjiang The text of the following statement was released by the foreign ministers of Canada and the United Kingdom, and the United States Secretary of State. Begin Text: We, the Foreign Ministers of Canada and the United Kingdom, and the ...
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Update to Report on Identification of Foreign Persons Involved in the Erosion of the Obligations of China Under the Joint Declaration or the Basic Law

Update to Report on Identification of Foreign Persons Involved in the Erosion of the Obligations of China Under the Joint Declaration or the Basic Law REPORT BUREAU OF EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC AFFAIRS MARCH 16, 2021 On October 14, 2020, the Secretary of State submitted a report to Congress pursuant to section 5(a) of the Hong Kong Autonomy Act (HKAA), which listed 10 foreign persons that the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury, determined are materially contributing to, have materially contributed to, ...
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Hong Kong Autonomy Act Update

Hong Kong Autonomy Act Update PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 17, 2021 Yesterday in Tokyo, Japan, I spoke of the need to stand up for our shared democratic values and to work together to hold to account those who would threaten them. Today, we are again doing that.  The release of today’s update to the Hong ...
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Assault on Democracy in Hong Kong

Assault on Democracy in Hong Kong 03/11/2021 07:03 PM EST Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State The United States condemns the PRC’s continuing assault on democratic institutions in Hong Kong.  The National People’s Congress decision today to unilaterally change Hong Kong’s electoral system is a direct attack on autonomy promised to people in Hong Kong under the Sino-British Joint Declaration.  These ...
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“A Foreign Policy for the American People”

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  SPEECH March 3, 2021 Secretary Antony J. Blinken “A Foreign Policy for the American People” March 3, 2021 Ben Franklin Room Washington, D.C. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good morning.  My fellow Americans, five weeks ago I was sworn in as your Secretary of State.  My job is to represent the United States to ...
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Launch of the Canadian-drafted “Declaration Against the Use of Arbitrary Detention in State-to-State Relations”

Launch of the Canadian-drafted “Declaration Against the Use of Arbitrary Detention in State-to-State Relations” 02/15/2021 12:07 PM EST Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State I am honored to participate in the launch of this important initiative and to stand today with the international community against the use of arbitrary detention in state-to-state relations. I congratulate Canada on having led the way, especially for obtaining the endorsement of so many ...
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United States and Partners Promote Accountability for Corruption and Human Rights Abuse  

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO December 10, 2020 United States and Partners Promote Accountability for Corruption and Human Rights Abuse Yesterday and today the United States imposed sanctions under the Global Magnitsky sanctions program on corrupt actors and human rights abusers worldwide. These actions target actors ...
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Designation of a United States Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO October 14, 2020 Designation of a United States Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues I am pleased to announce the concurrent designation of Assistant Secretary Robert A. Destro of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor to serve ...
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On the UN Human Rights Council’s Embrace of Authoritarian Regimes

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 13, 2020 In 2018, President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the United Nations Human Rights Council due to its well-established pattern of anti-Israel bias and membership rules that allow the election of the world’s worst human rights abusers to seats on the Council.  Prior to making this decision, and after ...
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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab at a Press Availability

REMARKS TO THE PRESS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE BEN FRANKLIN ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. SEPTEMBER 16, 2020 SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good morning, everyone.  It’s a pleasure to be with you again, Dom, Foreign Secretary Raab, back here in – to have you back here in Washington.  Our Special Relationship, now a couple hundred years old, is stronger than ever.  And I ...
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The United States Expresses Concern Over Hong Kong Democracy Activists Held in Guangdong Province

09/11/2020 06:17 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The United States is deeply concerned that twelve Hong Kong democracy activists, arrested two weeks ago off the coast of Hong Kong by Guangdong Maritime Police, have been denied access to lawyers of their choice.  Local authorities have yet to provide information regarding their welfare, ...
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Secretary Pompeo At a Press Availability

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  REMARKS TO THE PRESS September 2, 2020 Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At a Press Availability September 2, 2020 Press Briefing Room Washington, D.C. SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good morning, everyone.  Good to see you all. I want to start today talking about multilateralism.  The Trump administration ...
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Suspension or Termination of Three Bilateral Agreements With Hong Kong

Suspension or Termination of Three Bilateral Agreements With Hong Kong 08/19/2020 12:28 PM EDT Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson The Chinese Communist Party has taken drastic steps to erode the high degree of autonomy that Beijing itself promised to the United Kingdom and the people of Hong Kong for 50 years under the UN-registered Sino-British Joint ...
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Reward Offer for Information on Foreign Interference in U.S. Elections

The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice (RFJ) program, which is administered by the Diplomatic Security Service, is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information leading to the identification or location of any person who works with or for a foreign government for the purpose of interfering with U.S. elections through ...
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U.S. Department of State Imposes Visa Restrictions on Chinese Communist Party Officials

For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO June 26, 2020 U.S. Department of State Imposes Visa Restrictions on Chinese Communist Party Officials for Undermining Hong Kong’s High Degree of Autonomy and Restricting Human Rights President Trump promised to punish the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials who were responsible for eviscerating Hong Kong’s freedoms.  ...
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Statement by the President

Today, I have signed into law S. 3744, the "Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020" (the "Act").  The Act holds accountable perpetrators of human rights violations and abuses such as the systematic use of indoctrination camps, forced labor, and intrusive surveillance to eradicate the ethnic identity and religious beliefs of Uyghurs and other minorities ...
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United States Takes Action Against Corruption and Serious Human Rights Abuse

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE DECEMBER 10, 2019 This week and last, the United States announced 72 sanctions designations under the Global Magnitsky sanctions program.  These actions target serious human rights abuse and corruption on a global scale, demonstrating the United States’ action to pursue tangible and significant consequences for those who undermine the rule of law, disregard internationally accepted ...
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Joint Statement of the United States and the European Union on Consultations on Human Rights

12/10/2019 10:09 AM EST Office of the Spokesperson The following is the text of a joint statement by the Government of the United States of America and the European Union. Begin text: On December 9, the European Union and the United States held human rights consultations in Brussels.  The EU and the United States reaffirmed ...
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Condemning Vice Governor of Xinjiang’s Human Rights Council Address

U.S. MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS IN GENEVA STATEMENT For Immediate Release June 25, 2019 Condemning Vice Governor of Xinjiang’s Human Rights Council Address On Tuesday, June 25, the Vice Governor of China’s Xinjiang Province Aierken Tuniyazi addressed the UN Human Rights Council and attempted to justify the Chinese government’s widespread ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Uighur Muslims Impacted by Human Rights Crisis in Xinjiang

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE STATEMENT BY ROBERT PALLADINO, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON March 27, 2019 Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Uighur Muslims Impacted by Human Rights Crisis in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of China Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met yesterday with Mihrigul Tursun, a Uighur Muslim who survived horrific conditions and abuse in a Chinese internment ...
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Remarks on the Release of the 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Press Briefing Room Washington, DC March 13, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. Since America’s founding, the concept of individual rights has been woven into the national fabric. As my friend and scholar Mary Ann Glendon has written, it has given weak members of our society, quote, “an instrument ...
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STATEMENT: Death of Human Rights Attorney Dr. Li Baiguang

STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON February 27, 2018 We are saddened by the sudden death of Chinese human rights attorney Dr. Li Baiguang.  Dr. Li Baiguang devoted his career to defending the rights of vulnerable peoples, including religious minority groups. As recently as two weeks ago, Dr. Li Baiguang travelled to Washington to attend the National ...
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Joint Statement from Embassies of Germany and the U.S. on the sentencing of Wu Gan and Xie Yang

The embassies of Germany and the United States are deeply disappointed that Chinese human rights defender and blogger Wu Gan and Chinese attorney Xie Yang have been convicted on vague charges of “subverting state power”, and that Wu has been sentenced to eight years in prison.  We call on the Chinese authorities to release Wu ...
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Statement by Mark Toner: Release of the Report on Human Rights Abuses and Censorship in North Korea

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release January 11, 2017 Statement by Mark Toner: Release of the Report on Human Rights Abuses and Censorship in North Korea Today, the State Department released our second report on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) human rights abuses and censorship, identifying Kim Won ...
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Human Rights Day 2016 Statement

Today we celebrate International Human Rights Day, which marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights sixty-eight years ago.  The declaration states that each and every one of us has the right to freedom of thought, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and freedom of peaceful assembly and association.  We ...
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Statement by National Security Council Spokesperson Ned Price on National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Chinese Human Rights Adv

National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice met yesterday at the White House with Chinese human rights advocates to discuss issues related to human rights, including religious freedom, in China. The discussion focused on concerns regarding the deterioration of conditions inside China for both human rights generally and religious freedom specifically, as well as the participants’ ...
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Sentencing of Lawyers and Rights Activists in China

Press Statement Elizabeth Trudeau Director, Office of Press Relations Washington, DC August 8, 2016 Last week, a Chinese court convicted prominent human rights attorney Zhou Shifeng, director of the Fengrui law firm, and activists Hu Shigen, Zhai Yanmin, and Gou Hongguo of the apparently politically motivated charge of “subversion of state power.” More than a ...
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FACT SHEET: Promoting and Protecting the Human Rights of LGBT Persons

Throughout the Obama Administration, the promotion and protection of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons has been a specific focus of our engagement around the world.  U.S. diplomacy, foreign assistance and other activities abroad have all sought to advance this goal, ensuring that efforts to promote and protect LGBT human ...
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Briefing on the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Special Briefing Tom Malinowski Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Washington, DC April 13, 2016 ASSISTANT SECRETARY MALINOWSKI: Thank you, everybody. My thanks to the Secretary. Also want to begin by thanking all of the hundreds and hundreds of people who work so hard over a period of months to compile these reports ...
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Release of the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Press Briefing Room Washington, DC April 13, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. Thanks for being here. I’m going to make a statement and I have to run from here to an NSC meeting on a number of issues, so forgive me if I dash out of here. I’m ...
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Joint Statement on China’s Human Rights Situation

Mr. President, I have the honor to read this statement on behalf of a group including: the United States, Ireland, the UK, Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. We share the concerns expressed by the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the OHCHR’s February 16 press release highlighting China’s ongoing ...
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Trial of Pu Zhiqiang

We remain concerned that Pu Zhiqiang, a prominent Chinese defense lawyer, is being tried under vague charges of “inciting ethnic hatred” and “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.” Lawyers and civil society leaders such as Mr. Pu should not be subject to continuing repression, but should be allowed to contribute to the building of a prosperous ...
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Human Right Day 2015 Statement

Ambassador Baucus U.S. Embassy, Beijing As the U.S. Ambassador to China, I count myself lucky to work with China every day.  China is a remarkable country that has made tremendous progress in many areas, including lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty.  We would like to see that trend continue and we know China’s ...
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Remarks Delivered at the “Lockdown in Tibet” Event

Sarah Sewall Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights   Geneva, Switzerland Introduction  Thank you Ambassador Harper for that kind introduction. We wish you and your colleagues a productive 29th session of the Human Rights Council. And thank you to the Helsinki Foundation for arranging this event. I am very pleased to be here. At ...
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Ambassador Baucus commemorates the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

On Sunday, we marked the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).  IDAHOT is a day to celebrate the advances we’ve made toward equality and justice for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender neighbors, family members, co-workers, and fellow citizens.  It is also a day to examine the steps we can take to end discrimination ...
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Consul General Hanscom Smith’s Statement Regarding The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, 2015

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia ( IDAHOT ) is held on May 17 to mark the day in 1990 when the World Health Organization (WHO) removed homosexuality from its International Classification of Diseases.  A quarter of a century later, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community has made great progress in ...
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Statement on the Conditional Release of Chinese Women’s Rights Activists

Samantha Power U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations New York, NY The United States notes China’s decision to conditionally release Wu Rongrong, Wei Tingting, Wang Man, Zheng Churan and Li Tingting, also known as the “Beijing+20 Five.” We remain concerned that the women are still being considered criminal suspects, and may be subjected to further detention, ...
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Human Rights Day Statement by Ambassador Max Baucus

Human Rights Day Statement by Ambassador Max Baucus December 10, 2014 Today we celebrate International Human Rights Day and commemorate the 66th anniversary of the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  In the United States, we use this day to reflect on the importance of human rights, as outlined in the Universal Declaration.  We ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on the 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

Twenty-five years ago, the United States deplored the use of violence to silence the voices of the peaceful demonstrators in and around Tiananmen Square.  Twenty-five years later, the United States continues to honor the memories of those who gave their lives in and around Tiananmen Square and throughout China, and we call on Chinese authorities ...
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Statement by Ambassador Max Baucus on International Day Against Homophobia

I am proud to join my colleagues at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and at U.S. Consulates throughout China in commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia. This is a day marked around the world to counter homophobia and raise awareness of the discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. Personal prejudices, no ...
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Death of Chinese Activist Cao Shunli

Press Statement by Jen Psaki, Department Spokesperson Washington, DC March 15, 2014 The United States is deeply disturbed by reports that rights activist Cao Shunli has passed away at a hospital in Beijing. We offer our condolences to her family. Chinese authorities detained Cao Shunli in Beijing on September 14 while she was on her ...
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