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

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS NEW YORK, NEW YORK SECRETARY BLINKEN:  (Via interpreter) Thank you very much, Madam President, for having brought this council together at this very grave moment of the crisis of the war of Russia on Ukraine. (In English) Mr. Secretary General, thank you for your determination and the ...
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Exposing human rights abuses associated with Russia’s filtration operations in Ukraine

By  Noelani Kirschner “Filtered. The word does not begin to convey the horror and the depravity of these pre-meditated policies,” said U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield during a September 7  U.N. Security Council Meeting . Thomas-Greenfield detailed for the council the numerous mounting and credible reports of the Russian government’s filtration sites in parts of eastern Ukraine that ...
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Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine at 6 months

On a day that should be devoted to cherishing their freedoms, Ukrainians must celebrate their independence while fighting back against an unprovoked invasion. Ukraine celebrates its national independence day August 24, just as Russia’s full-scale invasion reaches a grim six-month milestone. In 1991, Ukraine voted for independence from the former Soviet Union. Three decades later, the nation ...
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America’s unwavering support for nuclear nonproliferation

  By Dave Reynolds For more than 50 years, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) has helped prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, enabled progress on disarmament, and allowed peaceful nuclear technologies to contribute to global sustainable development. The United States is committed to upholding this landmark treaty, one that is never more important than ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with UN Secretary-General Guterres

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today in New York City with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to discuss President Putin’s brutal war against Ukraine and its devastating effects on global food security. They discussed the Secretary-General’s visit in April to Kyiv and Moscow, noted concerns regarding ...
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Russia’s Suspension from the UN Human Rights Council

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE By suspending Russia from the UN Human Rights Council, countries around the world chose to hold Moscow to account today for gross and systematic violations of human rights in its premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified war of choice against Ukraine.  We have seen growing evidence of Russia’s brutal disregard for international law and human rights in Ukraine, most notably ...
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Overwhelming majority of nations demand Putin end war in Ukraine

Nations around the world are denouncing the Russian government’s unprovoked and unconscionable war against Ukraine. On March 2, in a rare emergency session, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly voted to condemn Russia’s attack on Ukraine and demand that Moscow immediately end its military operations in Ukraine. “This extraordinary move by the United Nations demonstrates ...
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World isolates Putin’s regime after Ukraine invasion

Countries worldwide are taking action to deter Russian President Vladimir Putin from continuing his war in Ukraine. More than  30 countries have announced strong sanctions and export controls targeting Russia, presenting a united front against Russia’s aggression. The United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the European Commission are among ...
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Blinken warns of Russia’s threat to Ukraine in U.N. speech

Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Russia to reject the “path of war” and withdraw its troops from Ukraine’s borders. “As we meet today the most immediate threat to peace and security is Russia’s looming aggression against  Ukraine, ” the secretary said February 17 at the U.N. Security Council in New York. The secretary said evidence of ...
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World urges China’s leaders to respect human rights

By Leigh Hartman What if your culture was banned by your government? Or your child was taken from you and raised speaking another language? Was your wife or daughter sterilized without her consent? Wouldn’t you want the world to know? On October 21, the United States, France, Luxembourg, and Belgium joined 39 other countries in calling for ...
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75th Anniversary of UNICEF

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United Nations Children’s Fund, better known around the world as UNICEF, was created 75 years ago as a part of a concerted effort to provide supplies and assistance to children in the aftermath of World War II. Today, the organization works in more than 190 countries as the ...
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United States elected to U.N. Human Rights Council

The United States is rejoining the United Nations Human Rights Council to promote and defend human rights worldwide. The United States was elected October 14 to a seat on the council for a three-year term, from January 2022 to December 2024. The United States will be one of 47 nations composing the council. “Together, we ...
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To support democracy, fight corruption

By Leigh Hartman The United States is stepping up efforts to combat corruption and support honest governance around the world. President Biden, in a  June 3 memorandum , elevated the fight against global corruption to a national security priority. Anti-corruption efforts are one of three pillars of the Summit for Democracy that Biden will host December 9-10. The other two ...
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Putting Human Rights at the Center of U.S. Foreign Policy

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is committed to a world in which human rights are protected, their defenders are celebrated, and those who commit human rights abuses are held accountable. Promoting respect for human rights is not something we can do alone, but is best accomplished working with our allies and ...
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Commemorating the United Nations Declaration

January 1, 1942, was a milestone in diplomatic history — a day when representatives of the “Big Four” Allied countries (the United States, the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, and China) gathered in Washington to sign the  United Nations Declaration , formally pledging cooperation in defeating the forces of fascism. The following day, representatives of 22 other Allied ...
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China’s manipulation of international organizations

As the coronavirus spread beyond its borders, China’s leaders successfully lobbied the World Health Organization (WHO) not to declare a public health emergency of international concern. Soon after this disastrous January decision, the Chinese Communist Party blocked a WHO team from investigating the pandemic’s source and China’s response. “China has extracted concessions from the health ...
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Nations urge China to end human rights abuses

The Chinese Communist Party’s human rights violations are drawing international outcry. Dozens of countries demand the CCP end its mass internment of Uyghurs and other abuses. In an  October 6 joint statement to the United Nations , 39 countries fault the CCP’s increasing number of “gross human rights violations” against ethnic and religious minorities in Xinjiang province and the regime’s authoritarian behavior in ...
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Nobel Prize shines light on U.N. work to end hunger

The United Nations’  World Food Programme (WFP) has won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of its work fighting hunger, preventing the use of hunger as a weapon during war and paving the way for peace in conflict areas. WFP’s Executive Director David Beasley said the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s October 9 selection of the WFP for the coveted ...
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United States Co-Sponsors an Event to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Founding of the United Nations and the 20th Anniversary of the UN Traffi

Today, the Missions to the United Nations of the United States, Peru, and Sierra Leone co-sponsored an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations and the 20th anniversary of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children.  The Protocol – a legally binding international instrument ...
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Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Remarks on the 20th Anniversary of the UN Trafficking in Persons Protocol

STEPHEN BIEGUN, DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE Thank you, Ambassador Richmond, for the introduction. Good morning or evening to everyone participating from around the world, especially our distinguished speakers. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the landmark Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons in Palermo, Italy. The Protocol stands ...
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Pompeo: ‘The international human rights project is in crisis’

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo is urging world leaders to recommit to protecting the human rights of all people. Pompeo called for nations to rededicate themselves to the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights at a September 23 panel discussion on the sidelines of the annual U.N. General Assembly meeting. “We must ...
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Core U.S. values echo in Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The  Universal Declaration of Human Rights  (UDHR), ratified in 1948, for the first time articulated the rights and freedoms to which every person is entitled. Influenced by the core values at the heart of the U.S. Constitution, the UDHR affirmed “the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace ...
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The Return of UN Sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The Trump Administration has always understood that the greatest threat to peace in the Middle East comes from Islamic Republic of Iran, whose violent efforts to spread revolution have killed thousands and upended the lives of millions of innocent people. History shows appeasement only emboldens such regimes. Thus today, ...
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Cuba’s ‘outrageous’ bid to join the U.N. Human Rights Council

In spite of its dismal record on human rights, Cuba’s government is seeking a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2021–2023 term. “It’s outrageous that the Human Rights Council would offer to seat Cuba, a brutal dictatorship that  traffics its own doctors  under the guise of humanitarian missions,” Secretary of State Michael R.  Pompeo said  on August ...
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U.S. curbs Iranian regime’s weapons ambitions

The U.S. is taking action against the Iranian regime’s weapons programs to stop it from spreading violence across the Middle East and beyond. U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo recently announced new sanctions blocking trade with Iran in certain metals that support the regime’s weapons programs. The U.S. has also moved to extend the ...
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U.S. moves to ‘snap back’ U.N. sanctions on Iranian regime

The U.S. is restoring U.N. sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran to ensure the regime cannot buy and sell advanced weapons systems or build a nuclear bomb. U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo announced the move at the United Nations on August 20 and called for international support in addressing the Iranian regime’s ...
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Iran’s neighbors support extending arms embargo

Several Middle East nations are pressing the U.N. Security Council to renew the arms embargo against Iran’s regime, saying that letting the restriction lapse would cause “anarchy.” Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Israel have all called for renewing the embargo that is scheduled to expire in October. The countries blame Iran’s leaders for arming terrorist and ...
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The consequences of ending the arms embargo against Iran [video]

The United Nations arms embargo on Iran expires in October. If it is not extended, Iran can supply weapons that fuel conflicts such as those in Lebanon and Yemen. The weapons could be used to attack Israel or Saudi Arabia. Without the embargo, Iran can sell weapons around the world to dictators such as Nicolás ...
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Pompeo urges U.N. to extend arms embargo on Iran’s regime (July 9)

Pompeo urges U.N. to extend arms embargo on Iran’s regime (July 9)   U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo is urging the United Nations Security Council to extend an arms embargo against Iran, warning that the regime poses a continuing threat to international peace and security. Pompeo told a June 30 meeting of the ...
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The Charter of the United Nations turns 75 (June 23)

The Charter of the United Nations turns 75 (June 23)   When  the Charter of the United Nations  was signed on June 26, 1945, it set the stage for a post-World War II era dedicated to the resolution of international disputes by peaceful means. Fifty of the U.N.’s original 51 member countries signed the charter at the San Francisco Conference (Poland ...
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Seized missiles show Iran’s regime flouting U.N. resolutions (February 24)

Seized missiles show Iran’s regime flouting U.N. resolutions (February 24)   A U.S. seizure of Iranian-made missiles headed to the Houthis in Yemen shows the Iranian regime continuing to sow violence and flout international rules. “Guided missiles and improvised explosive devices are not the tools of diplomacy,” U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook told ...
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