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Democracy and Governance

Luis Guillermo Solis, presidential candidate of the Citizen's Action Party waves during a campaign rally in San Jose, Costa Rica, Friday, April 4, 2014.

Audio Successful Costa Rican Elections

The United States congratulates Luis Guillermo Solis on his election as the next president of Costa Rica. More

FILE - Tunisia's Speaker of the Assembly Mustapha Ben Jaafar casts his vote over the composition of an election commission that will oversee a vote later this year, Tunis, Jan. 8, 2014.

Audio U.S. - Tunisia Relations

The United States strongly supports the Tunisian people and their progress toward a future of economic prosperity and democratic government. More

Presidential Debate in Guinea Bissau

Audio Guinea-Bissau Votes

Voters in the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau go to the polls Sunday in a milestone election for a nation that has experienced five coups in the last 30 years. More

Afghan workers of the election commission office unload a ballot box from a truck after votes in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, April 6, 2014.

Audio 2014: A Crucial Year For Afghanistan

A profound political transition is also underway that will shape Afghanistan for decades to come. More

Retired Australian judge Michael Kirby, chairperson of the commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, shows the commission's report during a press conference at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. (FILE)

Audio United Nations Human Rights Council On North Korea

The United Nations Human Rights Council sent a clear message that North Korea’s leadership must be held to account for its systematic and widespread human rights violations. More

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Audio Mandate For Special Rapporteur For Iran Renewed

As the Special Rapporteur’s March 13 report indicates, while there has been some welcome change in rhetoric from the Iranian government, there has been no significant improvement in Iran’s overall human rights situation.

Audio U.S. Applauds End Of Polio In South East Asia

The United States congratulates the people, political leaders and public servants of Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Timor-Leste, on this singular achievement.

Audio A Strong U.S.-Saudi Relationship

The United States and Saudi Arabia have been strong partners for over eighty years.

Audio In Support Of Moldova

We see a future for Moldova where it has equally strong relations with Europe, with Ukraine, with Russia and where in fact it is a bridge of trade and commerce and education and strength across this space.

Audio Syria's Chemical Weapons-One Half Gone

The removal of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile had reached a half-way point: to date, many tons of chemicals have been removed, including Syria’s entire stockpile of sulfur mustard gas.

Audio NATO And Crisis In Ukraine

In order to support Ukraine economically during this crisis, NATO allies have pledged their support.

Audio 2013 Human Rights Report On Vietnam

The Human Rights Report also highlighted positive developments.

Audio 2013 Human Rights Report On China

Individuals and groups seen as politically sensitive by authorities continued to face tight restrictions on their freedom to assemble, practice religion, and travel.

Audio Global Nuclear Security

The best way to prevent terrorists from acquiring a nuclear weapon is to prevent them from accessing the nuclear material needed to build one.

Audio New Initiative Addressing Gender Based Violence

The Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative helps provide immediate financial assistance for survivors of severe gender-based violence.

Audio UN Mission Critical For Peace In South Sudan

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan – known as UNMISS - protects civilians and makes it possible for humanitarian aid to reach those in need.

Audio No New Day As Yet For Women In Iran

So far, a new day has not dawned for the women of Iran, who have long been at the frontlines of efforts to secure peaceful political and legal reform in their country.

Audio World TB Day 2014

Tuberculosis is the second leading cause of death from infectious diseases worldwide, infecting almost 9 million people and killing some 1.3 million annually.

Audio The Shrinking Space For Civil Society

History and current events demonstrate that nations that respect the rights of all their populations are more just, prosperous and secure.

Audio Preserving Honduras' Cultural Heritage

The United States, as one of the top destinations for smuggled cultural artifacts, works closely with partner countries to intercept and recover these objects.

Audio U.S. Stands With Poland

Vice President Biden and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk reaffirmed their countries’ mutual commitments as NATO allies.

Audio Syrian Embassy In U.S. Shuttered

Administrative staff will have until April 30th to appropriately shutter the mission before they must depart.

Audio U.S. Sanctions Russia Over Crimea

“The international community will continue to stand together to oppose any violations of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity."

Audio On Protecting Human Rights Of Migrants

"We stress that all states — whether they are countries of origin, transit, or destination — must protect the human rights of migrants in their territories.”

Audio Ending Impunity In The DRC

An international tribunal has convicted a former Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga of war crimes and crimes against humanity.