Test – Announcing the 2012 International Religious Freedom Report
Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2012 International Religious Freedom Report Monday, May 20, 2013.
Following the Secretary’s remarks, Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Suzan Johnson Cook gave additional remarks and took questions.
Learn more about the recently released 2012 Human Rights Report.
Announcing the 2012 Human Rights Reports
"Human rights are quite simply the foundation for a free and an open society. And history shows us that countries whose policies respect and reflect these rights are far more likely to be more peaceful and more prosperous, far more effective at tapping the talents of their people, far more capable of being innovative and moving rapidly and innovatively in the marketplace, and they are better long-term partners." - Secretary John Kerry - April 15, 2013
Democracy In Focus – Elections
"…I am convinced that ultimately government of the people, by the people, and for the people is more likely to bring about the stability, prosperity, and individual opportunity that serve as a basis for peace in our world.
Around the globe, people are making their voices heard, insisting on their innate dignity, and the right to determine their future." - President Obama’s Remarks to the UN General Assembly
Freedom of Expression
"True democracy demands that citizens cannot be thrown in jail because of what they believe, and that businesses can be opened without paying a bribe. It depends on the freedom of citizens to speak their minds and assemble without fear, and on the rule of law and due process that guarantees the rights of all people."