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January 27 marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi labor and extermination camp.

January 27 marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi labor and extermination camp.

25 March 2015 Amb. Pressman at U.N. Debate on Children and Armed Conflict "UN member states must be held to the highest standards and – at an absolute minimum – we must ensure that national armed forces do not unlawfully recruit and use children. To this end, we applaud the work of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and the “Children, Not Soldiers” Campaign, but recognize that this is a collective responsibility and is a challenge that can only be addressed through difficult choices being made in capitals to take a stand against abusers."

08 March 2015 Assistant Secretary Ryan: Investing in Women, Ensuring Prosperity  "When you empower a woman, you elevate her community. This is the core concept behind many of the State Department’s public diplomacy efforts: a ripple effect occurs when we believe in women and invest in their potential."

08 March 2015 Statement of President Barack Obama Commemorating International Women's Day  "This gap between women’s inherent value and how many of them are treated every day is one of the great injustices of our time. On this International Women's Day, we recommit ourselves to closing that gap."

08 March 2015 Secretary Kerry on International Women's Day  "On International Women’s Day we celebrate the courage and contributions of women and girls around the world.  The fundamental truth is that no society can reach its full potential if it leaves 50 percent of its people behind."

02 March 2015 Kerry at U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva  "The moral standard that summons us all here and unites us in common action does not belong to any one nation or continent. The fundamental struggle for dignity has been a driving force in all human history worldwide, and what drives us are a set of universal values and aspirations."

24 February 2015 Amnesty International Report Chronicles 'Catastrophic' Year     World governments failed to protect civilians from violence by states and armed groups, said Amnesty International, calling the global response "shameful and ineffective.

23 February 2015 Kerry on Special Envoy for Human Rights of LGBT Persons  "I could not be more proud to announce Randy Berry as the first-ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons".

12 February 2015 Report: Press Freedom Faltered in 2014  Press freedom declined around the world in 2014. A new report by Reporters without Borders shows two-thirds of the countries surveyed worsened in the last year. Armed conflicts and non-state actors like Daesh powered much of that decline.

04 February 2015 Five Stories You Need to Hear About FGM/C, Amb. Russell Says  FGM/C is a story about global health. FGM/C is a story about justice. FGM/C is a story about social norms and cultural traditions. [And it is] about the U.S. government’s commitment to women, girls, and international development.

29 January 2015  Freedom House: Democratic Ideals Under Threat Around Globe   The international rights group Freedom House reports that 2014 saw an overall decline in political rights and civil liberties around the world, concluding that democratic ideals are under the greatest threat in 25 years. The group ranked Syria at the bottom and cited violence in Ukraine.

29 January 2015 Attorney General at Slavery, Human Trafficking Prevention Event (via IIPDigital)

27 January 2015 Kerry on 70th Anniversary of Liberation of Auschwitz 

27 January 2015 Amb. Power on Anniversary of Liberation of Auschwitz  (IIPDigital)

27 January 2015 Vice President Biden on International Holocaust Remembrance Day (via IIPDigital)

27 January 2015 Statement by the President on International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau   "The recent terrorist attacks in Paris serve as a painful reminder of our obligation to condemn and combat rising anti-Semitism in all its forms, including the denial or trivialization of the Holocaust.""


23 December 2014 Number of International Journalists Killed Rises in 2014   A press freedom group says at least 60 journalists have been killed in 2014 while on the job, with members of the international press making up a particularly high percentage of the dead.

09 December 2014 President Obama's Proclamation on Human Rights Day, Human Rights Week  "On December 10, 1948, nations from six continents came together to adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This extraordinary document affirmed that every individual is born equal with inalienable rights, and it is the responsibility of governments to uphold these rights. In more than 430 translations, the Declaration recognizes the inherent dignity and worth of all people and supports their right to chart their own destinies. On the anniversary of this human rights milestone, we join with all those who are willing to strive for a brighter future, and together, we continue our work to build the world our children deserve."

08 December 2014 Dissent Is Cherished Right, Catalyst for Political Reform in U.S.   On any day in the nation’s capital, families and school groups can see U.S. democracy in action alongside monuments, museums, and historic landmarks.  Demonstrators young and old are free to publicly voice their concerns about a range of domestic and international policy issues. For large groups, it is not unusual to see mounted police sitting placidly on their horses as protesters, chanting slogans or singing songs, march by.

03 December 2014 U.S. Updates Lists of Goods Produced by Child and Forced Labor  “There’s a story behind each item on these lists — a child facing back-breaking labor without education or other opportunities for a better life or an adult trapped in a dismal job through deceit or threats,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “These lists raise awareness about child and forced labor. Through collective efforts we can, and must, work together to end these cycles of exploitation.”

26 November 2014 Being a Woman Shouldn't Require Courage, State’s Russell Says "As this year’s 16 Days of Action take place, I’m thankful for all the women and men, girls and boys, governments and international organizations, and civil society and private-sector organizations joining in to end gender-based violence once and for all. I’m also especially pleased that so many governments — including the United States — are working to ensure that ending GBV is part of the next generation of international development goals."

25 November 2014 Vice President Biden on Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women  "Violence against women creates and maintains poverty. It threatens peace. Perhaps, most importantly, it degrades all of humanity."

25 November 2014 Secretary Kerry on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and 16 Days of Activism  "Today, we mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and the start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. Over the next two weeks, U.S. embassies and missions around the world will all be working to raise awareness of the irreparable harm caused by gender-based violence."

21 November 2014 Key Outcomes from the Annual Conference to Advance the Human Rights of and Promote Inclusive Development for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Persons   The United States was proud to host the third Annual Conference to Advance the Human Rights of and Promote Inclusive Development for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Persons (LGBTI) held in Washington from November 12–14. The conference was the largest such gathering to date, bringing together senior leaders from government, civil society and the private sector to discuss and strategize on how to most effectively protect the human rights of LGBTI persons and promote their inclusion in development programs.

13 November 2014 Ambassador Power at Anti-Semitism Conference in Berlin "And yet, on the other hand, in the decade that has passed since 55 countries in the OSCE came together to declare our commitment to combatting all forms of anti-Semitism, we’ve actually seen an alarming increase in anti-Semitic attacks and attitudes in many parts of Europe. This trend is not only dangerous in and of itself, but it speaks to a deeper, more insidious threat to the European liberal ideal that rose up when the Berlin Wall came down."

02 November 2014 Obama on Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

01 November 2014 U.S. Envoy at OSCE Session on Tolerance, Non-Discrimination (via IIPDigital)

30 October 2014 Amb. Baer on 2014 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting

14 October 2014 ISIL's Dehumanization of Women and Girls   "Just days after we saw the best of humanity when Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, we again confront the worst of inhumanity in ISIL. No one needed a reminder of ISIL’s depravity and evil. But now we have the latest example."

08 October 2014 U.S. Labor Dept. Reports on Global Problem of Child Labor    The United States has released its annual assessment of the fight against child labor, a threat to the health and well-being of children around the world.

06 October 2014 EU, U.S. Decry Backsliding on Human Rights in Russia, Azerbaijan   Russia once again found itself isolated at Europe’s largest human rights conference, when diplomats and activists gathered in Warsaw for the OSCE’s annual human rights meeting.

02 October 2014 State's Kozak on Child Soldier Prevention Act  Foreign Press center Briefing with Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Ambassador Michael Kozak on the topic of the Secretary of State’s Child Soldier Prevention Act.

26 September 2014 U.S. Envoy at OSCE on Violence Against Women and Children (via IIPDigital) 

25 September 2014 U.S. Envoy to OSCE on Combating Human Trafficking

25 September 2014 U.S. Envoy at OSCE Session on Tolerance, Nondiscrimination (via IIPDigital)

22 September 2014 U.S. Official at OSCE’s Human Dimension Meeting (via IIPDigital)

09 September 2014 Reproductive Rights, Women's Empowerment Inextricably Linked   The commitments made by 179 nations since the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development make it clear the tide has turned on accepting the connection between reproductive rights and women’s empowerment, said Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking on the conference’s 20th anniversary.

08 September 2014 State Dept. Fact Sheet on Promoting Gender Equality

28 July 2014  Kerry on Release of 2013 Religious Freedom Report  "Sixteen years ago, I was very proud to join my colleagues in the United States Congress in passing the International Religious Freedom Act, the law that mandates this annual State Department report in order to shine a light on the obstacles that so many people face as they seek nothing more than the ability to be able to worship as they wish."

28 July 2014 State Official on 2013 Religious Freedom Report

28 July 2014 Fact Sheet: 2013 International Religious Freedom Report  On July 28, 2014, Secretary Kerry submitted the 2013 International Religious Freedom Report to the United States Congress.
•From the 2013 International Religious Freedom Report : United Kingdom  (pdf)

23 July 2014  U.S. Adds $4.8 Million to End Child, Early, Forced Marriage  The United States announced July 22 that it will spend over $4.8 million for 2014 on programs to end child, early and forced marriage in South Asia, Africa and the Near East.
USAID Facts on Resources to Prevent Child, Early, Forced Marriage (IIPDigital)

11 July 2014 U.S. Works to Curb Violence Against Women in Conflict Zones  The United States is committed to reducing gender-based violence in conflict zones around the world. To help when assaults on girls or women occur during conflicts, the U.S. Agency for International Development  is training community health workers to respond quickly.

02 July 2014 Obama on 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act of 1964  "The Civil Rights Act brought us closer to making real the declaration at the heart of our founding – that we are all created equal. But that journey continues."

23 June 2014 Artists, Athletes, Businesses, USAID Urge ‘Let Girls Learn’  Nearly 30 artists and athletes, as well as a host of global nonprofit groups and businesses, have joined with the U.S. government to launch Let Girls Learn, an effort to raise awareness of the need to support all girls in their pursuit of a quality education.

20 June 2014 Trafficking Report Is 'Call to Action' to End Modern Slavery  The State Department released its 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report, compiling a year’s worth of research into modern sex slavery and forced labor conditions around the world. Along with ranking how governments are responding to the crisis, the report shares compelling examples of how human trafficking affects the lives of ordinary individuals.

20 June 2014 Release of 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report (via   Secretary Kerry: "This year’s Trafficking in Persons Report offers a roadmap for the road ahead as we confront the scourge of trafficking. Whether a concerned citizen, a board member, a government official, or a survivor of trafficking, we each have a responsibility to spot human trafficking, engage our communities, and commit to take action. I invite you to help us turn the page."
 • Links to all reports and fact sheets are on our Key Reports page

18 June 2014 U.S. Envoy on Advancing Policy, Programs on Global Women’s Issues (IIPDigital)

13 June 2014  Kerry Urges International Effort to End Sexual Violence   At the largest summit of its kind in history, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged the international community to end sexual violence in conflict.  Wartime rape, Kerry told participants at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, should be banished “to the dark ages and the history books where it belongs.”

13 June 2014 State Dept. Facts on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Areas

12 June 2014 Countries Make Progress on Ending Exploitative Child Labor

12 June 2014 Kerry on World Day Against Child Labor

09 June 2014 Kerry: Let There Be No Hiding Place for Rapists in War 

05 June 2014 U.S. Envoy at U.N. on International Criminal Tribunals Remarks by Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis, U.S. Alternate Representative to the United Nations, at a Security Council Meeting on the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), and the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT)

02 June 2014 Study Seeks U.S. Sites that Help Tell LGBT History  The National Park Service, part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, will be conducting a new theme study to help identify places and events associated with the story of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans for inclusion in the parks and programs of the agency.  It is part of the Obama administration’s National Park Service Heritage Initiative to ensure that the National Park Service reflects and tells a more complete story of the people and events responsible for building the United States.

30 May 2014 Obama Proclamation of June as LGBT Pride Month (via IIPDigital)

13 May 2014 Travel of Special Envoy To Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism (SEAS) Ira Forman will travel to Kyiv, Dnepropetrovsk, Istanbul, Ankara, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv from May 14-28, 2014.

16 April 2014 State’s Hoagland on Human Rights for LGBT Persons

16 April 2014 Ambassador Power at U.N. on Genocide Prevention

11 April 2014  Human Trafficking Is Moral, National Security Issue, Kerry Says   “In the end, this is a moral fight,” Kerry said April 8 at the annual meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. The secretary said that during his March 27 visit to the Vatican with President Obama, discussions with Pope Francis included ways to help the estimated 21 million to 29 million people who are enslaved worldwide for sex or labor.

07 April 2014 Secretary Kerry To Chair Human Trafficking Task Force Meeting (  "Secretary of State John Kerry will chair the annual meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF) at the White House on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at 4:00 p.m.  The annual cabinet-level meeting serves as an opportunity to coordinate government-wide efforts and discuss new initiatives in the struggle to end modern slavery."

29 March 2014 State Dept. Facts on Outcomes at U.N. Human Rights Council   The outcomes of the 25th Session of the Human Rights Council  underscored the importance of robust U.S. engagement at the Council, where the United States continues to work with a diverse range of countries from all regions to address urgent human rights concerns. ... The United States successfully led two resolutions at this session: one that renewed the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression and another focusing on accountability for human rights abuses and violations in Sri Lanka.
 • See also: State Dept. on U.N. Human Rights Council Vote on North Korea

11 March 2014 Gender Equality Vital to Prosperity, State's Russell Says   Helping women around the world access decent-paying jobs would increase economic prosperity for all, says Catherine Russell, the U.S. Department of State’s ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues. The World Bank report found that despite accumulating evidence that economic empowerment benefits women, families, businesses and communities, women’s labor force participation has stagnated over the past 30 years, dropping from 57 to 55 percent globally.

10 March 2014 Report Evaluates Progress on Gender Equality Globally Since 2000  The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Demographic and Health Surveys Program March 7 released a report that assesses gains in women’s status and gender equality worldwide.  Despite some notable gains, overall progress towards women’s empowerment and gender equality is halting and inconsistent, the new report shows.
 • State’s Russell on World Bank’s Gender at Work Report (IIPDigital)

07 March 2014 Women Play a Central Role in Peace - Secretary of State John Kerry   "No country can succeed unless every citizen is empowered to contribute to its future. And no peace can endure if women are not afforded a central role. "

07 March 2014 Peace Corps Volunteers Work to Promote Gender Equality (IIPDigital)   Moldova, Colombia and South Africa are three countries in which Peace Corps volunteers are working to increase opportunities for women and girls. Peace Corps volunteers regularly organize activities that promote gender equality and empower women and girls to think beyond traditional gender roles, the agency says.

01 March 2014 Presidential Proclamation for Women's History Month, 2014 (via  "Through the grit and sacrifice of generations, American women and girls have gained greater opportunities and more representation than ever before. Yet they continue to face workplace discrimination, a higher risk of sexual assault, and an earnings gap that will cost the average woman hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of her working lifetime.  ... As we honor the many women who have shaped our history, let us also celebrate those who make progress in our time. Let us remember that when women succeed, America succeeds. And from Wall Street to Main Street, in the White House and on Capitol Hill -- let us put our Nation on the path to success. "

28 February 2014 U.S. Guide Discusses Gender in Criminal Justice System   As part of the U.S. effort to promote effective participation of women in criminal justice systems around the world, the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs recently released a 26-page “Guide to Gender in the Criminal Justice System.”  The guide focuses on programming that encourages the participation of women in the police, justice and corrections sectors in a way that promotes and safeguards their rights.

27 February 2014 Human Rights Depend on Courageous Individuals, Kerry Says   In comments made upon the release of the 2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, Kerry said that “the fundamental struggle for dignity, for decency in the treatment of human beings between each other and between states and citizens, is a driving force in all of human history.”

 • Kerry on Annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices
 • State Dept. Briefing on Country Reports on Human Rights Practices
 • State Dept. Fact Sheet on 2013 Country Reports on Human Rights

The complete text of the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 2012 is available from the Department of State.  It is also availble from the new official United States Government website for international human rights related information at .
From the 2013 Human Rights Country Reports: 
 • United Kingdom

26 February 2014  Trans-African Security: Combating Illicit Trafficking Along the Crime-Terror Continuum (via State Dept).  Mr Luma: "I would like to thank IQPC, DefenseIQ, and the conference organizers for their kind invitation to discuss the U.S. government’s diplomatic efforts to confront the major security threats affecting West Africa, the Sahel, and the Maghreb."

26 February 2014 No U.S. Visas for Those Involved In Sexual Violence, Kerry Says    Anyone involved in sexual violence in times of armed conflict will not receive a U.S. visa, says Secretary of State John Kerry.    “No one, and I mean no one at the highest level of military or governance, who has presided over or engaged in or knew of or conducted these kinds of attacks is ever going to receive a visa to travel into the United States of America from this day forward,” Kerry said. Every U.S. Embassy and post around the world, he said, will be alerted to this injunction and report incidents of sexual violence in conflict situations.
 • Discussion on Ending and Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Situations

25 February 2014 Roundtable with U.S. Secretary Kerry, UK Foreign Secretary Hague on Ending and Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Situations  Transcript of the event, State Department, Washington DC.

10 February 2014 State Dept. on Detentions of Activists in Cuba   "We are deeply concerned about the recent increase in arbitrary detentions, physical violence, and other abusive actions carried out by the Cuban Government against peaceful human and civil rights advocates. ... Freedoms of expression and assembly are internationally recognized human rights, and the Cuban Government remains the outlier in the Western Hemisphere with its lack of respect for these rights."

06 February 2014 Kerry on Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation Eleven years ago, the United Nations set aside February 6 as the day each year for all of us to reaffirm our commitment to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting and stand in solidarity with the women and girls forced to suffer its unspeakable consequences.

30 January 2014 U.S. Works to Prevent Human Trafficking at Major Sporting Events  Olympic Games, World Cups and other major sporting events offer fun, excitement, and economic opportunities. They also attract the crime of human trafficking, says Luis CdeBaca, the ambassador-at-large for the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

28 January 2014 U.S. Works to End Domestic and International Gender Violence  Washington — The Obama administration is redoubling its efforts to end gender violence in the United States, as well as around the world.


10 December 2013 Amb. Power on International LGBT Rights "To criticize the criminalization of LGBT status is not cultural imperialism. And to deny gays and lesbians the right to live freely – and to threaten them with discrimination or even death – is not a form of moral or religious puritanism. It’s in fact barbarism. And on this International Human Rights Day it is imperative that we reaffirm our commitment to advancing and protecting the rights of LGBT persons, whether in Kansas or in Kampala."

09 December 2013 Proclamation on Human Rights Day, Human Rights Week  "But in many parts of the world, people are still persecuted for their beliefs, imprisoned for their ideals, and punished for their convictions. A growing number of countries are passing laws designed to stifle civil society -- including organizations that promote universal human rights, support good governance, and bolster economic development. ... Today and always, let us break down prejudice, amplify the courageous voices that sound the call for change, and reaffirm our unwavering support for the principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights."

09 December 2013 Secretary Kerry on the Fifth Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo's Detention (via  "Yesterday marked the fifth anniversary of Nobel laureate and writer Liu Xiaobo’s detention. The United States is deeply concerned that Chinese authorities continue to imprison Liu Xiaobo, as well as other activists, such as Xu Zhiyong, for peacefully exercising their universal right to freedom of expression. Equally concerning is the nearly three-year politically motivated house arrest of Liu Xiaobo’s wife, Liu Xia."

05 December 2013 President Obama Delivers a Statement on the Passing of Nelson Mandela  "We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again," the President said. "So it falls to us as best we can to forward the example that he set:  to make decisions guided not by hate, but by love; to never discount the difference that one person can make; to strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice."
 • Secretary Kerry on Death of Nelson Mandela

04 December 2013 White House Facts on U.S. Leadership on Global Human Rights   Ambassador Susan E. Rice delivered an address outlining the Obama Administration’s global leadership on human rights. This fact sheet provides further detail on a number of the Administration’s key human rights initiatives highlighted in her remarks.

19 November 2013 U.S. Grants to Global Organization Will Help Reduce Child Labor The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $14.7 million to the International Labour Organization (ILO) for two multicountry grants to reduce child labor.

05 November 2013 Legislators Consider New Law to Prevent Human Trafficking The crime of human trafficking has achieved steadily increasing attention in international law enforcement and judicial circles since 2000. The United Nations adopted an international convention against trafficking in persons that year, and 117 nations are now signatories to that agreement.

27 October 2013 Kerry on International Religious Freedom Day "Freedom of religion is a core American value, but it is not an American invention. It is the birthright of every individual, enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The freedom of religion is a priority for President Obama, as it is for me as Secretary of State, because it is essential to human dignity and individual liberty, and it remains an integral part of our global diplomatic engagement."

01 October 2013 U.S. Works with Other Nations to End Child Labor  The U.S. Labor Department marked two decades of working with nations around the world to combat child labor with the release of a new report, an updated list of goods produced by child labor, and the awarding of $26 million in grants to help four nations combat child labor.

 01 October 2013 Key Facts on U.S. Outcomes at U.N. Human Rights Council  

10 August 2013 U.N. Envoy Power on Advocacy for Human Rights, Justice

07 August 2013 No Country, No Rights: Gender Discrimination and Statelessness

02 August 2013 Secretary of State Kerry announces Visa Changes for Same-Sex Couples

02 August 2013 Press Conference Following U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue Remarks by Uzra Zeya Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

31 July 2013 Ending Child Marriage Helps Women and Their Nations  The U.S. Department of State is developing a campaign to promote the prevention of child marriage as a main principle of U.S. foreign and development policy, in keeping with a law passed in March 2013.

31 July 2013 Under Secretary Brainard: Unleash Economic Potential of Women  "It's time for a global race to the top on equality. Without the full contribution of women, no economy will reach its potential."

28 June 2013 Supreme Court Decisions Highlight Evolving Nature of Civil Rights  It might seem strange that in a government of the people, by the people and for the people, the guardianship of constitutional rights rests with nine individuals appointed for life, yet that model has served the United States effectively for more than two centuries.

19 June 2013 Kerry at Annual Trafficking in Persons Report(TIP)  Release  "When we help countries to prosecute traffickers, we are strengthening the rule of law. When we bring victims out of exploitation, we are helping to create more stable and productive communities. When we stop this crime from happening in the first place, we are preventing the abuse of those who are victimized as well as the ripple effect that caused damage throughout communities into our broader environment and which corrupt our global supply chains. We all have an interest in stopping this crime."
Amb. CdeBaca on 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report

2013 Trafficking in Persons Report
The report is available in HTML format (see also  this index page) and in PDF format. Due to its large size, the PDF has been separated into sections for easier download, all PDF and HTML sections are listed below.

 United Kingdom - The United Kingdom report is located in the Country Narratives T-Z page 378 of the PDF (or within the N-Z section of the HTML version) and may be found by searching for UNITED KINGDOM (Tier 1).

PDF Format of the 2013 TIP Report

-Introductory Material (PDF)  [11546 Kb]
-Country Narratives: A-C (PDF)  [6408 Kb]
-Country Narratives: D-I (PDF)  [4496 Kb]
-Country Narratives: J-M (PDF)  [5128 Kb]
-Country Narratives: N-S (PDF)  [6309 Kb]
-Country Narratives: T-Z and Special Case (PDF)  [4059 Kb]
-Relevant International Conventions/Closing Material (PDF)  [2445 Kb]

HTML Format of the 2013 TIP reports

-Letter from Secretary Kerry
-Letter from Ambassador Luis CdeBaca
-Victims' Stories
-Victim Identification: The First Step in Stopping Modern Slavery
-Definitions and Methodology
-Topics of Special Interest
-Global Law Enforcement Data
-2013 TIP Report Heroes
-Tier Placements
-Country Narratives: Countries A Through F
-Country Narratives: Countries G Through M
-Country Narratives: Countries N Through Z
-Special Case
-Relevant International Conventions
-Trafficking Victims Protection Act: Minimum Standards for the Elimination of Trafficking in Persons
-Stopping Human Trafficking, Sexual Exploitation, and Abuse by International Peacekeepers
-International, Regional, and Sub-Regional Organizations Combating Trafficking in Persons
-Glossary of Acronyms
-A Closing Note: Lift Every Voice and Sing

13 June 2013 U.S. Urges More Services to Aid Victims of Human Trafficking    U.S. ambassador-at-large and director of the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons Luis CdeBaca made his plea for more help for human trafficking victims at a June 10–11 high-level conference in Kyiv, Ukraine, conducted by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which says it is the world’s largest regional security organization, with 57 participating states in North America, Europe and Central Asia.

06 June 2013 Airlines, U.S. Agencies Partner to Combat Human Trafficking  Under a new partnership with the U.S. government, four American commercial airlines will train their employees to recognize human trafficking indicators, both in flight and on the ground. Under the voluntary partnership, Allegiant Air and North American Airlines also will train their employees to identify indicators of human trafficking.

04 June 201 Presidential Proclamation on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, 2013

04 June 2013 Secretary Kerry on LGBT Pride Month "The Department of State joins people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. Forty-four years after Stonewall, we see incredible progress in the fight to advance the human rights and fundamental freedoms of LGBT people, both here in the United States and globally. Protecting universal human rights is at the very heart of our diplomacy, and we remain committed to advancing human rights for all, including LGBT individuals."

20 May 2013 Religious Freedom Is Moral, Strategic Concern for U.S.      Attacks on religious freedom are both a moral and a strategic national security concern for the United States, says U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.  Enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, freedom of religion is “a core American value,” Secretary Kerry said, but it “is not an American invention.” Freedom of religion, he said, is “a universal value.”
• From the 2012 International Religious Freedom Report : United Kingdom
State Dept. International Religious Freedom Report website
Ambassador-at-Large Cook on the 2012 International Religious Freedom Report (
Secretary Kerry on the Release of the International Religious Freedom Report

17 May 2013 U.S. Agencies Cite Progress Against Human Trafficking  Better coordination among U.S. federal government agencies is showing results in the struggle to end human trafficking, U.S. officials say.  It is estimated that human trafficking has enslaved 26 million people worldwide and that this crime generates some $32 billion in revenue for traffickers. Human trafficking is “a moral obscenity” that tears apart families and communities, said Secretary of State John Kerry, who chaired the 2013 annual meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

17 May 2013 International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia    The International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) is celebrated every 17 May because on that day in 1990, homosexuality was removed from the international classification of diseases of the World Health Organization.

16 May 2013 U.S. Envoy at OSCE on International Day Against Homophobia  "The United States recognizes the broader responsibility we share to promote human rights for all people, especially those who are marginalized, and we take this opportunity to rededicate ourselves to the fight against discrimination and intolerance in all their forms."

16 May 2013 U.S. Policy Spotlights the Human Right of Religious Freedom  Among U.S. values, religious freedom is prominent, and it is a human right the United States vigilantly protects at home and spotlights in its foreign policy.  Religious liberty is not just an American right protected under the U.S. Constitution, President Obama said early in 2013, “it is a universal human right to be protected here at home and across the globe. This freedom is an essential part of human dignity, and without it our world cannot know lasting peace.”

02 May 2013 Ambassador Kelly at OSCE on World Press Freedom Day Ambassador Ian Kelly, U.S. permanent representative to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, marks the 20th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day

02 May 2013 Advice to Citizen Journalists: Tell the Truth, Be Yourself  Social media users, sometimes called citizen journalists, bring fresh new voices to the daily commentary on world events. But a question is circulating in journalistic circles on World Press Freedom Day 2013, May 3: Do citizen journalists report with integrity and standards that serve their audiences?

01 May 2013 Press Freedom a Human Right, Moral Necessity, U.S. Officials Say

30 April 2013 USAID, Partners Launch New Alliance for Gender Equality  The U.S. Agency for International Development is partnering with the Ford Foundation, Show of Force and Games for Change on an initiative to promote gender equality through a combination of traditional and social media.

25 April 201 Information Technology Becomes Tool to Stop Human Trafficking  Human traffickers have been exploiting the innocent for millennia and continue to do so today, even while global moral and legal standards condemn the newest methods of enslavement. Many nations have revised laws to better crack down on trafficking, prevent prosecution of victims and rescue the victims over the last decade.

19 April 2013 Secretary Kerry on Release of 2012 Human Rights Report    "And yet promoting human rights isn’t a foreign policy – and it’s not a foreign policy priority simply because it’s the right thing to do. It’s tied to our own security. It’s tied to the possibilities of prosperity and of nations living by rule of law and of nations living in peace. Countries where strong human rights prevail are countries where people do better, economies thrive, rule of law is stronger, governments are more effective and more responsive, and they are countries that lead on the world stage and project stability across their regions. Strong respect for human rights isn’t merely an indicator that a country is likely doing well. It actually unleashes a country’s potential, and it helps to advance growth and progress."
 • State Department Briefing on 2012 Human Rights Report
 • State Dept. Fact Sheet on 2012 Country Reports on Human Rights

The full text of 2012 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices is available on the State Department website
From the 2012 Human Rights Country Reports:  United Kingdom

09 April 2013 Remarks by Secretay Kerry at White House Forum to Combat Human Trafficking (    Remarks by Seceretary Kerry via video link.

06 April 2013 U.N. Envoy Rice at Women in the World Summit  Ambassador Susan Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN, at the Women in the World Summit on North Korea, China, Egypt and the role of women in the administration.

04 April 2013 Women Must Be Empowered for Prosperity in Mideast, North Africa  If the nations of the Middle East and North Africa are to enjoy economic prosperity and political stability, they need to fully include women, says Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara Sonenshine.   Speaking at the Brookings Institution, a Washington-based policy research organization, Sonenshine said, “Study after study has confirmed that any country or region that ignores half of its population will undercut its chance of success politically, economically and democratically.”

25 March 2013 U.S. Amb. DiCarlo on Day of Remembrance of Slave Trade Victims "The Emancipation Proclamation was an act of justice extraordinary for its time and legacy. Its promises were not fulfilled on a single occasion. Americans struggled to fulfill the principles of our founders stated clearly in our Constitution: that all women and men would be granted the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

17 March 2013 U.S. Envoy Rice on Actions by U.N. Panel on Status of Women Amb. Rice: "I enthusiastically welcome the adoption of strong Agreed Conclusions at the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. This year’s Commission focused on the global scourge of violence against women and girls, and the Agreed Conclusions represent vital international recognition that women and girls everywhere have a right to live free from violence, exploitation, and abuse."

12 March 2013 More Resources Going to Support Women, USAID Official Says   Worldwide, more resources than ever are being devoted to empowering and protecting women and girls, says a top official of the U.S. Agency for International Development.  “There is no longer any question that the advancement of women, attention to gender issues and an inclusive approach is not only vital to protecting fundamental human rights, but also to meeting our overall development goals … and for building greater peace and security worldwide,” said Nancy Lindborg, assistant USAID administrator for democracy, conflict and humanitarian assistance.

11 March 2013 U.S. Anti-Violence Law Aims to End Child Marriage Worldwide  U.S. legislation signed into law renews and strengthens an almost 20-year-old law designed to prevent and respond to violence against women, but the 2013 version reaches beyond the U.S. population to the world at large in an attempt to prevent marriage of children under 18.

08 March 2013  State Dept. Fact Sheet on Advancing Status of Women, Girls Worldwide

07 March 2013 Secretary Kerry on International Women’s Day 

06 March 2013 Amb. Rice's Remarks to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women 

01 March 2013 U.S. Laws Targeting Gender-Based Violence Empower Women  One important aspect in the achievement of gender quality is the prevention of violence against women and the prosecution of those who commit abuses. The Obama administration is working to protect women inside and outside the United States and improve their ability to seek justice and empower themselves in their societies.

28 February 2013 Presidential Proclamation on Women's History Month 2013

19 February 2013 Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict Remains Huge Challenge  Ending the sexual violence inflicted on women during and after armed conflicts remains a huge challenge, according to Donald Steinberg, deputy administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

15 February 2013 Changing Mindsets Is Needed to End Sexual Violence  Sexual violence against women and girls will not end until widespread attitudes toward women are changed and laws against violence are implemented and enforced, says Melanne Verveer, who until recently served as the State Department’s ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues.

24 January 2013 USAID Instills Gender Equality in All Its Operations   The U.S. Agency for International Development has instilled gender equality into all parts of its operations, the agency’s deputy administrator said. The action is in line with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s support for women’s empowerment and reducing gender gaps, Donald Steinberg said at the Woodrow Wilson Center, a Washington research institute named for the 28th U.S. president.

16 January 2013 Democracy Needs “Messy Interchange of Ideas,” U.S. Official Says Democracy is “a messy business” and it needs the “messy interchange of ideas” to thrive, says Thomas Perez, the U.S. Department of Justice's assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division.


31 December 2012 Proclamation on 150th Anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation  As the weariness of an old year gave way to the promise of a new one, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation -- courageously declaring that on January 1, 1863, "all persons held as slaves" in rebellious areas "shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free."

10 December 2012 Vigilance, Commitment from U.S. on Human Rights Day  The United States joined the international community in recognition of International Human Rights Day December 10.  “The Universal Declaration is not just a catalog of rights and government obligations,” Clinton said in a prepared statement released in Washington. “It is a time-tested blueprint for successful societies.”
Proclamation on Human Rights Day 

06 December 2012 Human Rights Linked to Economic Growth and Security, Clinton Says    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said religious freedom, the right to free use of the Internet, the ability to participate in civil society groups and the need to respect and protect the rights of women and girls are four “frontlines” in the modern struggle to expand human rights around the world.
 • Secretary Clinton: Frontlines and Frontiers: Making Human Rights a Human Reality  

06 December 2012 Secretary Clinton's Remarks: Intervention at the OSCE Ministerial Council First Plenary Session  "The United States remains committed to the goal of a Europe that is whole, free, and at peace and to the OSCE whose principles are sound. We welcome any and all efforts to strengthen this organization, but that means empowering the institutions we already have to function free from interference, not curtailing them."

28 November 2012 Amb. Rice on Iran, North Korea and Syria Human Rights Resolutions "The United States is pleased to co-sponsor three important resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly's Third Committee condemning human rights abuses in Iran, North Korea and Syria. Today's votes show the international community deplores these continued violations of fundamental human rights."

26 November 2012 State Dept. Fact Sheet on Gender-Based Violence in Haiti    Gender-based violence is a chronic problem in Haiti. The risk of violence and sexual exploitation against women and girls, exacerbated by political instability and the economic crises, likely increased following the earthquake.   Promoting women’s empowerment and reducing GBV are critical to Haiti’s development; and combating GBV is a priority for the U.S. Government.

25 November 2012 Vice President Biden on International Day for Ending Violence Against Women    "On this International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, we reaffirm our commitment to women and girls who suffer from violence. We believe that no country can move forward unless women and girls have the opportunity to achieve their full potential, and we pledge to stand together in building a world where everyone can pursue their dreams without living in fear."

21 November 2012 Stopping Gender Violence Is U.S. Goal    November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Every year since 2000, the international community has marked the date to reaffirm its commitment to the principle that violence against women is a violation of human rights.

19 November 2012 USAID Partnership Brings Mobile Games to Girls, Women  The U.S. Agency for International Development has joined the nonprofit Games for Change to bring to women and girls in East Africa and India three mobile phone games that communicate messages about women’s health, equality and empowerment.

12 November 2012 U.S. Accomplishments During Its First Term on the UN Human Rights Council  The United States is pleased and proud of its reelection to the UN Human Rights Council earlier today. Since joining the Council in 2009, the United States has ardently worked to help the Council realize its full potential. Our efforts to reform the Council from within have resulted in historic and concrete actions against human rights violators around the world.

12 November 2012 Secretary Clinton on the United States' Reelection to the Human Rights Council

25 October 2012 Secretary Clinton on Sakharov Prize Winners  The United States congratulates Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and filmmaker Jafar Panahi for receiving the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

25 October 2012 MAMA Health Information Program Wins Innovation Award  The Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA) recently won recognition for its unique focus on improving the lives of millions of new and expectant mothers in developing countries.  MAMA, a public-private partnership to help provide health information to new and expectant mothers through mobile phones, won the 2012 Fast Company Innovation by Design Award in the "Service Design" category, said the U.S. Agency for International Development in a  press release.

10 October 2012 Clinton on International Day of the Girl

10 October 2012 Secretary Clinton Launches New Public and Private Initiatives To Raise the Status of Girls

10 October 2012 U.S. Joins Global Campaign to Stop Child Marriage   Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced October 10 that the United States will join a campaign to stop child marriage by the year 2030.

10 October 2012 International Day of the Girl Child  In December 2011, the United Nations' General Assembly adopted a resolution to declare this the International Day of the Girl Child, establishing a day to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world and to galvanize global commitments to end gender stereotypes, discrimination, violence, and economic disparities that disproportionately affect girls.

03 October 2012 State Dept. on Accomplishments at U.N. Human Rights Council  

25 September 2012 Obama Vows to Intensify Fight Against Human Trafficking  Speaking at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, the president said that more than 20 million people have been ensnared in what he called “modern slavery,” which distorts markets, endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime.

24 September 2012  U.S., Global Partners Launch Effort to Empower Women   The United States is joining with 12 international partners to launch a new effort aimed at expanding women’s political and economic participation around the world.
U.S. Commitment to Women's Political, Economic Participation

18 September 2012 Clinton Honors Aung San Suu Kyi's "Courage and Moral Leadership"   Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton welcomed Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to Washington and affirmed that the United States is committed to standing with the Burmese government and the Burmese people to support the progress they have made toward greater freedom.

20 August 2012 Remembering the Abolition of the Slave Trade When the slaves rebelled on the Caribbean island of Hispañola in 1791, they set in motion a movement to abolish slavery.

19 August 2012 International Humanitarian Day "2012 has been designated by the UN as the year to say, ‘I was here’ … From Syria to the Sahel, people of goodwill are finding ways to exemplify what it means to be a humanitarian.

16 August 2012 State Department Promotes Women as Global Peacemakers  "Whether it's ending conflict, managing a transition or rebuilding a country, the world cannot afford to continue ignoring half the population," Clinton said.

13 August 2012 U.S. Strategy Seeks End to Violence Against Women, Girls Violence against women and girls is a widespread global problem that produces grave societal consequences. The United States wants to change that.

10 August 2012 White House Fact Sheet: Preventing and Responding to Violence Against Women and Girls Globally

30 July 2012 State Department releases the 14th annual International Religious Freedom Report:
 • Amb. Johnson Cook on 2011 Religious Freedom Report

The 2011 International Religious Freedom report is available from the Department of State International Religious Freedom Report  site.
 • From the 2011 International Religious Freedom Report : United Kingdom

20 July 2012 U.S. Envoy Kelly at OSCE on LGBT Rights in Russian Federation  "We note our continued concern about new laws in Russia that restrict the freedoms of expression and assembly for all Russians, but which are especially distressing to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. ... We call on Russia to meet its obligations to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and to fulfill its OSCE commitments. "

18 July 2012 Aviation Pioneer Worked to Advance Women's Rights  A photo show of the life of Amelia Earhart, an aviation pioneer who disappeared in 1937 during a trans-Pacific flight, is on display at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington.

12 July 2012 State's Schriefer on Achievements of U.N. Human Rights Council   Remarks by Paula Schriefer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs, at the Brookings Institution, Washington, DC.

05 July 20120 Resolution on Promotion of Human Rights on Internet:   Today, the UN Human Rights Council adopted by consensus a resolution with the message that there can be no division or double standard regarding human rights online. The landmark resolution makes clear that all individuals are entitled to the same human rights and fundamental freedoms online as they are offline, and all governments must protect those rights regardless of the medium.
U.N. Human Rights Council on Human Rights and the Internet
U.S. Envoy Donahoe on Protection of Human Rights on Internet  

05 July 2012 The Right to a Nationality: Women and Children Human Rights Council: 20th Session    The resolution focused on the issues of protecting both a woman’s and a child’s right to a nationality, with the goal of reducing statelessness.

21 June 2012 International Efforts To Empower Women and Girls Through Sports
 • Fact Sheet: State Department's Council to Empower Women and Girls Through Sports
 • Fact Sheet: State Department and ESPNW Global Sports Mentoring Program

19 June 2012 State Dept. releases 2012 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report
Amb. CdeBaca’s Letter on Trafficking in Persons Report 2012

The report is available in HTML format (see this index page) and in PDF format. Due to its large size, the PDF has been separated into sections for easier download: Introduction; A-C, D-I, J-M, N-S, T-Z/Special Cases; Relevant International Conventions and Closing Material
United Kingdom - The United Kingdom report is located in the Country Narratives T-Z page 357 and may be found by searching for UNITED KINGDOM (Tier 1).

12 June 2012 2012 World Day Against Child Labor: Human Rights and Social Justice

07 June 2012 State's Posner on Diamond Trade and Human Rights 

24 May 2012 2011 U.S. Human Rights Reports Chronicle "Momentous Year"  The year 2011 was “an especially tumultuous and momentous year for everyone involved in the cause of human rights,” according to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.  In an effort to make the reports even more accessible to a broader spectrum of readers, the State Department has made them shorter and more concise and easier to search, and each country report now has an executive summary.
 • Briefing on the Release of the 2011 Human Rights Reports by Assistant Secretary Posner

24 May 2012 State Dept Releases Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011   Preface by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. 

14 May 2012 USAID Welcomes Guidelines on Land Governance, Property Rights  The U.S. Agency for International Development welcomed a U.N. panel’s endorsement of voluntary guidelines and practices that can help countries establish laws and policies that better govern land, fisheries and forests tenure rights.

02 May 2012 State Dept. on Human Rights Abuses in North Korea   Taken question at State Department daily press brief.

24 April 2012 U.S. Government Targets Computer-Using Abusers in Iran, Syria  President Obama issued an executive order that targets people in Iran and Syria using information technology to commit human rights abuses.  The order places sanctions on people involved in computer or network disruption or who are engaged in monitoring that enables human rights abuses by the government of Iran or Syria, the U.S. Treasury Department said in an April 23 press release. The sanctions block any assets they may have in the United States and prohibit U.S. people from engaging in any transactions with them.
 • White House: Sanctions Against Those Complicit in Grave Human Rights Abuses Via IT in Syria and Iran

23 April 2012 Obama Says National Sovereignty Is No Excuse for Atrocities President Obama said what ultimately led to deaths camps in Treblinka and Auschwitz actually began inside the “hearts of ordinary men and women.”
 • Remarks by the President at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

19 April 2012  Holocaust Remembrance Day  The United States Congress established the Days of Remembrance as our nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust and created the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as a permanent living memorial to the victims. 
 • United Nations Sets Annual Holocaust Remembrance
 • United Nations Condemns Denial of the Holocaust

15 April 2012 U.S. Justice Dept. Official on Fight Against Human Trafficking  U.S. Department of Justice Deputy Attorney General James Cole speaks at the Yale Law School Human Trafficking Symposium.

20 March 2012 Earhart Broke Social and Aviation Barriers, Clinton Says  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton honored pioneering aviator and women’s rights advocate Amelia Earhart as a heroine who dared her peers to dream higher and bolder, and to have the courage to break limits in pursuit of their dreams.

15 March 2012 U.S. Making New Investments to Prevent Violence on Women The U.S. State Department is devoting new resources to support organizations trying to prevent gender-based violence, with a goal of reducing the vulnerability of women and girls to HIV infection.

15 March 2012 U.S. Agencies Combine Efforts to Fight Human Trafficking  Efforts to end human trafficking are getting a big boost, thanks to increased cooperation among U.S. government agencies.  Clinton met at the White House March 15 with top officials from the departments of Justice, Labor, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Defense, Transportation, and Education as well as several other agencies for the annual meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
 • President Obama on Trafficking in Persons

09 March 2012 Facts on Advancing Women's, Girls' Rights in U.S. Foreign Policy  

08 March 2012 Honoring Women in an Age of Participation  Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large, Global Women's Issues: "Women are a cornerstone of America's foreign policy because the simple fact is that no country can hope to move ahead if it is leaving half of its people behind."

05 March 2012 Gender-Based Violence a Global Challenge, U.S. Says  The extent of violence against women and girls makes it one of the world’s greatest challenges, says the top U.S. official for women’s rights. Gender-based violence “cuts across ethnicity, race, class, religion, educational level, international borders,” Melanne Verveer said at the conclusion of the 2nd World Conference of Women’s Shelters.

29 February 2012 USAID Launches New Center to Promote Democracy, Human Rights The Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance is part of the agency’s reforms and will help ensure that USAID’s investments are coordinated with U.S. diplomatic and defense efforts, USAID said in a statement.

06 February 2012 Clinton on Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Cutting  Every government has an obligation to protect its citizens from such abuse.  As we commemorate International Day of Zero Tolerance and remember those who have been harmed, we reaffirm our commitment to overturning deeply entrenched social norms and abolishing this practice.  All women and girls, no matter where they are born or what culture they are raised in, deserve the opportunity to realize their potential.

02 February 2012 Amb. Kelly’s Response to Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights  Response to Commissioner for Human Rights of the  Council of Europe, Thomas Hammarberg.

31 January 2012 Why Global Economy Needs Investment in Women  This was an important theme at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, which hosted a plenary session entitled “Women as the Way Forward” on the potential impact of women on the global economy.

27 January 2012 Human Rights Remain a U.S. Priority in Central Asia  As the United States engages with the countries of Central Asia, encouraging greater regional economic integration, it is not facing a choice between advancing its security relationships and promoting issues like human rights, says the top U.S. diplomat to the region.

17 January 2012 Internet Was Tool for Expression and Repression in 2011  The United States and its international partners “made a great deal of progress” in 2011 in adopting measures that can “turn our commitment to Internet freedom into reality,” according to U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Michael H. Posner.   Speaking at a Washington conference January 17, Posner said the use of the Internet as a tool for human rights and as the nemesis of dictatorial regimes were two narratives that unfolded in 2011.

17 January 2012 Ambassador Rice at U.N. on Sudan, Syria and Russia  

05 January 2012 Establishment of the Office of the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights   Under Secretary Otero: "The QDDR recognized the need to elevate civilian power, namely to strengthen institutions that address today’s transnational threats, promote stability, and advance American national security."


30 December 2011  Proclamation on Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month   Nearly a century and a half ago, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation -- a document that reaffirmed the noble goals of equality and freedom for all that lie at the heart of what it means to live in America. In the years since, we have tirelessly pursued the realization and protection of these essential principles. 

13 December 2011 Internet Freedom and U.S. Foreign Policy  Webchat transcript with Daniel Baer, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Rights, and Labor.

06 December 2011 Working to Advance the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Persons Globally   (White House factsheet)

25 November 2011 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women  "Today, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, we are reminded of the horrific acts of violence against women that take place every day around the world and pledge to recommit ourselves to changing attitudes and ending all forms of violence against women and girls."

22 November 2011 Violence Against Women Has Broad Social Consequences, Experts Say  Long a subject locked in the home behind a curtain of silence, violence against women will be pushed into an international spotlight in the days and weeks ahead in recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.  The occasion is marked on November 25, but Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer said advocates of the cause will be recognizing this international problem with events scheduled through the end of the month and up to December 10, Human Rights Day.

17 November 2011 U.S. Response on Journalists’ Arrests at “Occupy” Demonstrations   Amb. Kelly: "As we have said on previous occasions, the Government of the United States neither believes nor pretends that it is beyond reproach on any issue—or that we cannot do a better job of implementing our OSCE commitments — including on media freedom. We certainly can, and we see self-assessment on our performance in the defense of fundamental freedoms as a sign of strength."

09 November 2011 Civilians in Armed Conflict  Remarks by Ambassador Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at a Security Council Meeting on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict.

26 October 2011 U.S. Works for Reform of Nationality Laws That Hurt Women   The United States is working for reform of nationality laws that hurt women, says Maria Otero, the State Department’s under secretary for democracy and global affairs.  “In many cases, nationality laws permit only the father to transmit citizenship to his child,” Otero said. “And in still other cases, nationality laws strip women of their citizenship upon marriage to a foreign spouse, or prohibit women’s foreign spouses from naturalization.” The result is that hundreds of thousands of women are left without legal protection or a social safety net, she said.

25 October 2011 Activists Use Info Tech to Dodge Oppressors, Official Says  Democracy activists in some repressive countries are protecting themselves from harassment with technology training they received from the U.S. Department of State.   The U.S. assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor, Michael Posner, offered a few insights into the programs.
 • Assistant Secretary Posner on Free Speech in the Digital Age

18 October 2011 Interim Report of the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran  "We welcome the first interim report by the UN Special Rapporteur for human rights in Iran, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, and take note of his assessment regarding the Iranian government’s “pattern of systemic violation” of its citizens’ rights. The UN Secretary General’s report on Iran’s human rights situation also described an “intensified” campaign of abuses."

06 October 2011 Amb. Johnson at OSCE Session on Human Trafficking  Ambassador Johnson of the United States Mission to the OSCE at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, Warsaw.

05 October 2011 Syrian People “Slapped in the Face” by U.N., Rice Says  The Syrian people have been “slapped in the face” by the United Nations Security Council because of its failure to pass a resolution condemning the ongoing violence by the Syrian government against peaceful demonstrators, says U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Susan Rice.  Rice spoke in New York Russia and China vetoed a measure that would have been the first legally binding condemnation of Bashar al-Assad’s regime since it began its violent repression of pro-democracy protesters in March.
 • Amb. Rice's Statement on U.N. Vote on Situation in Syria

04 October 2011 U.S. Announces Grants to Combat Exploitative Child Labor  U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis released three new reports on child labor and forced labor October 3 and announced $32.5 million in grants to combat child labor around the world.  “These reports provide an overview of international efforts to protect children from hazardous work and identify critical gaps in policy and enforcement that leave them vulnerable,” Solis said. “Through increased education and awareness, and critical assistance to families and governments, we can help make exploitative child labor a thing of the past.”

01 October 2011 Fact Sheet: Key U.S. Accomplishments at U.N. Human Rights Council  The eighteenth session of the Human Rights Council came to an end in Geneva on September 30, 2011.   Though much work remains, in particular ending the Council’s disproportionate focus on Israel, U.S. engagement thus far has resulted in significant improvements to the Human Rights Council as a multilateral forum for promoting and protecting human rights.

13 September 2011 State Dept releases 2010 International Religious Freedom Report:
 • July-December, 2010 International Religious Freedom Report
 • From the International Religious Freedom Report Jul-Dec 2010: United Kingdom
 • Secretary Clinton At the Release of the 13th Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

24 August 2011 U.S. Welcomes U.N. Human Rights Vote to Investigate Syria  U.S. officials welcomed the U.N. Human Rights Council’s August 23 adoption of a resolution that calls for an international inquiry into possible crimes against humanity by the Syrian government. The resolution condemns the regime led by Bashar al-Assad for repeated and systematic atrocities.

23 August 2011 Adoption of U.N. Human Rights Council’s Resolution on Syria  "The Commission of Inquiry established by the resolution will ensure that evidence of atrocities will be uncovered and those responsible will be identified and held accountable."

04 August 2011 Obama Boosts U.S. Efforts to Prevent Genocide President Obama has ordered the creation of an interagency U.S. government board to more effectively coordinate the U.S. response to unfolding human rights atrocities around the world, and has closed loopholes in the U.S. visa system to ban human rights violators from entering the United States.

14 July 2011 International Cyber Diplomacy: Promoting Openness, Security and Prosperity in a Networked World (factsheet)

01 July 2011 eJournal USA: Educating Women and Girls (via IIP Digital)  Equal access to education by males and females has been defined as a universal human right by the United Nations. Realizing this right by expanding educational opportunities for women and girls requires the commitment of many sectors of a society.

25 June 2011 Statement on ICTR Conviction of Former Rwandan Official, Others The United States welcomes the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) conviction of Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, former Rwandan Minister of Women’s Development and her son, Arsene Shalom Ntahobali, both of whom were convicted for genocide and rape as a crime against humanity, among other crimes.

16 June 2011 Human Rights Council Statement on Human Rights Abuses in Syria 

15 June 2011 Senior State Department Officials on Internet Freedom Programs

15 June 2011 Press Statement Following the Delivery of a Joint Statement by Human Rights Council Members on the Situation in Syria   Press Statement by U.S. Ambassador Eileen Donahoe, Geneva, Switzerland.

08 June 2011 U.N. Expert Calls Internet Freedom Fundamental but Often Violated  When the young United Nations adopted a declaration of universal rights in 1948, it included the freedom “to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media.” A new U.N. report says that in the 21st century that has to include freedom on the Internet — a freedom it says many countries are increasingly failing to honor.

16 May 2011 U.S. Seeks Global Consensus for Open, Secure Cyberspace The Obama administration has unveiled an international strategy for cyberspace, outlining how it intends to promote an open and secure Internet that is available and interoperable around the world.
 • International Strategy for Cyberspace (30-page/2.3Mb PDF)

11 May 2011 Human Rights and Democratic Reform in Iran  Statement before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs.

03 May 2011 "Defending Press Freedom in the 21st Century" as Part of World Press Freedom Day  Remarks by Michael Posner,  Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor and Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs.

03 May 2011 Ensuring Civil Rights and Security  (First in a series of three articles)

03 May 2011 Unveiling of the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action    Remarks by Secretary Hillary Clinton on harnessing mobile phone technology to improve maternal and child health.  The partnership leverages the collective resources of the USAID and Johnson & Johnson, with support from the United Nations Foundation, mHealth Alliance and BabyCenter LLC.
 • InfoTech Can Improve Health for Pregnant Moms and Babies

01 May 2011 Under Secretary McHale on World Press Freedom Day

15 April 2011 U.S. Contributes $126.8 Million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees The United States is pleased to announce a contribution of $126.8 million toward the 2011 operations of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

11 April 2011 Statement by the U.S. at the UN Commission on Population and Development  Remarks by Margaret Pollack, Director for Multilateral Coordination and External Relations and Senior Advisor on Population Issues; Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration; U.S. Department of State in New York, NY.

08 April 2011 State Dept releases 2010 Human Rights Country Reports:

The complete text of the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 2010 is available from the Department of State Human Rights website .  It is also availble from the new official United States Government website for international human rights related information at .
From the 2010 Human Rights Country Reports:
 • United Kingdom

06 April 2011 Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Refugee Convention "We reaffirm America’s commitment to the protection of refugees around the world. Our mission is unchanging. We intend to save lives and restore human dignity".

30 March 2011 Fact Sheet: U.S. Accomplishments at U.N. Human Rights Council

24 March 2011 U.N. Rights Council Approves Investigator on Iran  The U.N. Human Rights Council authorized a special investigator on Iran March 24 to examine reports of excessive use of the death penalty, executions by stoning and inhumane treatment of political opponents.

24 March 2011 The Four Freedoms turn 70  Address by Michael Posner, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, to the American Society of International Law, Washington, DC.

24 March 2011 Obama Administration Takes “Holistic” Approach to Human Rights  The Obama administration is taking a “holistic” approach to human rights — viewing human rights, democracy and development as supportive of one another, says Michael Posner, assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor.

12 March 2011 In Libya, Our Aid Matters   Op-Ed by Eric P. Schwartz, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, and Nancy Lindborg, Assistant Administrator, USAID Bureau of Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance.



10 December 2010 Statement by President Obama on the Awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize

11 March 2010 State Department release 2009 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices:
 • Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 2009
 • From the 2009 Human Rights Country Reports: United Kingdom

10 March 2010 Remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama at the International Women of Courage Awards

08 February 2010 Joint Statement by The European Union and The United States Calling On The Iranian Government To Fulfill Its Human Rights Obligations



25 November 2009 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women  The UN General Assembly designated November 25th as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designated to raise public awareness of the problem on that day.  Secretary Clinton has made this issue a top priority for American foreign policy.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) rights

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) rights


"Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights, once and for all." --Secretary Hillary Clinton, June 2010, Washington, D.C.

"People around the globe are working hard to support you and to bring an end to the injustices and dangers you face. That is certainly true for my country. And you have an ally in the United States of America and you have millions of friends among the American people."   -- Secretary Hillary Clinton, December 6, 2011, Geneva, Switzerland


The International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia

The International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) is celebrated every 17 May because on that day in 1990, homosexuality was removed from the international classification of diseases of the World Health Organization.

21 November 2014 Key Outcomes from the Annual Conference to Advance the Human Rights of and Promote Inclusive Development for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Persons   The United States was proud to host the third Annual Conference to Advance the Human Rights of and Promote Inclusive Development for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Persons (LGBTI) held in Washington from November 12–14. The conference was the largest such gathering to date, bringing together senior leaders from government, civil society and the private sector to discuss and strategize on how to most effectively protect the human rights of LGBTI persons and promote their inclusion in development programs.

17 May 2012  Ambassador Susman's video message on the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia   On the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) Ambassador Susman discusses the U.S. government’s commitment to protect and advance the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals around the world.
• Watch the YouTube video or read the transcript.

06 December 2011 Working to Advance the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Persons Globally   (White House factsheet)

06 December 2011 President Obama’s memorandum on International Initiatives to Advance the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons, 2011

06 December 2011 State Dept. Engagement on the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People  Human rights are inalienable and belong to every person, no matter who that person is or whom that person loves. Since January 2009, Secretary Clinton has championed a comprehensive human rights agenda that includes the protection of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

20 September 2011 Statement by the President on the Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell  "As of today, patriotic Americans in uniform will no longer have to lie about who they are in order to serve the country they love.  As of today, our armed forces will no longer lose the extraordinary skills and combat experience of so many gay and lesbian service members"

27 June 2011 Gay Rights Are Human Rights, Clinton Says The rights and dignity of all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or sexual identity, must be protected, says Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Clinton has made gay rights a focus of the State Department’s human rights agenda.

Women's Rights

An IIP publication: Women Of Influence (PDF, 1.6Mb)   This November 2006 collection  chronicles how 21 notable American women broke new ground, some by championing equal rights for all and others by their accomplishments in fields such as government, literature, and even in war.  Women of Influence was produced by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State.

Stop Violence against Women

Research Assistance

Women's History Month

  • Women History Month


  • The official U.S. government website or international human rights related information


  • U.S. Agency for International Development website