U.S. Department of State: Statement by Secretary Clinton on the Death of American Personnel in Benghazi, Libya

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Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
September 12, 2012


It is with profound sadness that I share the news of the death of four American personnel in Benghazi, Libya yesterday. Among them were United States Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and Foreign Service Information Management Officer, Sean Smith. We are still making next of kin notifications for the other two individuals. Our hearts go out to all their families and colleagues.

A 21 year veteran of the Foreign Service, Ambassador Stevens died last night from injuries he sustained in the attack on our office in Benghazi.

I had the privilege of swearing in Chris for his post in Libya only a few months ago. He spoke eloquently about his passion for service, for diplomacy and for the Libyan people. This assignment was only the latest in his more than two decades of dedication to advancing closer ties with the people of the Middle East and North Africa which began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco. As the conflict in Libya unfolded, Chris was one of the first Americans on the ground in Benghazi. He risked his own life to lend the Libyan people a helping hand to build the foundation for a new, free nation. He spent every day since helping to finish the work that he started. Chris was committed to advancing America’s values and interests, even when that meant putting himself in danger.

Sean Smith was a husband and a father of two, who joined the Department ten years ago. Like Chris, Sean was one of our best. Prior to arriving in Benghazi, he served in Baghdad, Pretoria, Montreal, and most recently The Hague.

All the Americans we lost in yesterday’s attacks made the ultimate sacrifice. We condemn this vicious and violent attack that took their lives, which they had committed to helping the Libyan people reach for a better future.

America’s diplomats and development experts stand on the front lines every day for our country. We are honored by the service of each and every one of them.

HRC Resolution on Syria Sends Forceful Message About International Community’s Outrage

Statement by Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe
U.S. Representative to the Human Rights Council
Following Adoption of the Resolution on Syria
March 1, 2012

The outcome of today’s vote at the Human Rights Council speaks for itself. It sends a forceful message about the international community’s outrage at the ongoing human rights violations and deepening humanitarian crisis created by the Assad regime. 

Over the past weeks the Syrian regime has intensified its inhumane campaign of cruelty in defiance of its obligations under human rights law. It has continued to block emergency humanitarian relief that is so desperately needed to respond to the humanitarian crisis caused by these gross human rights violations.

We urge all states to assist the Syrian people in their time of need as they struggle to realize their aspirations for universal human rights.  The three countries that chose to vote no at the Human Rights Council today find themselves isolated from the strong international consensus on the need to protect the people of Syria. 

In case you missed it, watch President Obama’s State of the Union Address from last night.  Read the text HERE.

http://usun.state.gov/briefing/statements/2011/177592.htm

Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, statement on Iran, North Korea, and Burma Human Rights Resolutions in the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural)

UN Photo. A wide view of the General Assembly as it meets on a draft resolution introduced by Saudi Arabia regarding “Terrorist attacks on internationally protected persons”. The resolution, which condemns a botched plot to assassinate a Saudi Arabian ambassador and calls on Iran to comply with measures to bring those responsible for the plot to justice, was adopted by the Assembly with 106 votes in favour, 9 against, and 40 abstentions. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said, “This UN resolution demonstrates the increasing isolation of the Iranian regime as a result of its defiance of the international community and repeated failure to uphold its obligations under international law. Today, the United Nations made clear it is losing patience with empty promises, dangerous actions and veiled threats.” Click the photo to read Secretary Clinton’s full statement.

UN Photo. A wide view of the General Assembly as it meets on a draft resolution introduced by Saudi Arabia regarding “Terrorist attacks on internationally protected persons”. The resolution, which condemns a botched plot to assassinate a Saudi Arabian ambassador and calls on Iran to comply with measures to bring those responsible for the plot to justice, was adopted by the Assembly with 106 votes in favour, 9 against, and 40 abstentions. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said, “This UN resolution demonstrates the increasing isolation of the Iranian regime as a result of its defiance of the international community and repeated failure to uphold its obligations under international law. Today, the United Nations made clear it is losing patience with empty promises, dangerous actions and veiled threats.” Click the photo to read Secretary Clinton’s full statement.

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Secretary Clinton Comments on the Israeli Government’s Housing Action

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton comments on the Israeli Government’s housing action during a meeting with Portuguese Foreign Minister Paulo Portas in Washington, D.C. on September 27, 2011. [Go to http://www.state.gov/video for more video and text transcript.]

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