The United States expresses sorrow for the death of the aircrew members of the Russian plane that was downed by Syrian regime anti-aircraft fire. Yesterday’s unfortunate incident reminds us of the need to find permanent, peaceful, and political resolutions to the many overlapping conflicts in the region and the danger of tragic miscalculation in Syria’s crowded theater of operations.
On behalf of the Government of the United States, I extend my warm congratulations to the people of Chile on the 208th anniversary of your independence.
The United States welcomes these sessions that promote respect for human rights. We note with concern that immigrants continue to undertake perilous journeys from North Africa to Europe and that the percentage of dead or missing from among those who undertake such journeys is increasing.
We appreciate Italy’s efforts as the Chair-in-Office to use the OSCE as a platform for discussing immigration challenges and, where possible, to seek out ways in which participating States can assist each other.
After having the honor of serving my country as a diplomat for more than 30 years – 22 of them in eight different African countries – this week I have the opportunity for the first time to underscore U.S. interests in and commitment to the continent at the United Nations General Assembly.
Back here at home, we are getting ready for the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly. It opened today. And as you all know, next week is high-level week, and we look forward to being a part of that here at the State Department.
Whether international sanctions succeed or fail depends on the difference between words and deeds. Sanctions are just words on a page unless they are effectively enforced. Russia originally called for this meeting to discuss the implementation of sanctions against North Korea.
Good afternoon distinguished ladies and gentlemen and thank you Mr. Secretary.
I am grateful for the many friends, family, and colleagues who are here today – literally from around the nation and the world.
States have the obligation to respect an individual’s exercise of human rights and fundamental freedoms as set forth in international law. In practice, the rights of expression and movement are closely interrelated. States that unduly restrict one tend to unduly limit the other, often denying freedom of movement in reprisal for peaceful dissent.
The Helsinki Final Act recognizes the right of the individual to act alone or in community with others. In Copenhagen in 1990, the participating States reaffirmed their commitment “to ensure effectively the rights of the individual … to contribute actively, individually or in association with others” to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including peaceful assembly and association.