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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