Maldives: State of Emergency; Statement by State Department Spokesperson John Kirby

The United States is deeply concerned with recent events in Maldives, including today’s announcement of a state of emergency that curtails vital civil liberties and human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the freedom of peaceful assembly, the freedom of movement, and safeguards against arbitrary detention and arbitrary and unlawful interference with one’s privacy. The United ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Kerry: Resolution on Sri Lanka at the 30th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (September 24, 2015)

Today the United States, Sri Lanka, and our partners tabled a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that represents a landmark shared recognition of the critical importance of truth, justice, reparations, and guarantees of non-recurrence in promoting reconciliation and ensuring an enduring peace and prosperity for all Sri Lankans. The Sri Lankan ... Read More»

Sinhala and Tamil New Year: Statement by Secretary Kerry

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I join you in celebrating the Sri Lankan New Year. The past year’s accomplishments have been historic, demonstrating the deep commitment of the Sri Lankan people for reconciliation, tolerance and peace. I offer my best wishes for a happy New Year and continued success as you ... Read More»
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