"Ultimately, the success or failure of the transition depends on the choices made by Yemen, by Yemen’s government and by Yemen’s people; that is both appropriate and it is a challenge for all of us to work as diligently as we can to attain the goal we all seek: a Yemen that is stable, confident, at peace with itself and its neighbors, and moving in the right political and economic direction."
- Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at the Sudan-South Sudan Consultative Forum
Partnering With the People of Yemen
About the Author: Rashad Hussain serves as U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
As a part of our on-going efforts to deepen and expand partnerships with Muslim communities around the world, I recently visited Sana’a, Yemen. I heard first-hand from Yemeni government officials, civil society, and religious leaders about a variety of issues, including the country’s political transition and National Dialogue, U.S.-Yemen cooperation, and U.S. engagement with Muslim communities around the world. I was impressed by the passion and optimism of Yemen’s vibrant civil society, and by the determination and sincerity of its people. There is so much more happening in Yemen than what is conveyed in news headlines that I wanted to share some of my observations.Just before my arrival, the government announced… more »

Partnering With the People of Yemen

About the Author: Rashad Hussain serves as U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

As a part of our on-going efforts to deepen and expand partnerships with Muslim communities around the world, I recently visited Sana’a, Yemen. I heard first-hand from Yemeni government officials, civil society, and religious leaders about a variety of issues, including the country’s political transition and National Dialogue, U.S.-Yemen cooperation, and U.S. engagement with Muslim communities around the world. I was impressed by the passion and optimism of Yemen’s vibrant civil society, and by the determination and sincerity of its people. There is so much more happening in Yemen than what is conveyed in news headlines that I wanted to share some of my observations.

Just before my arrival, the government announced… more »

The United States is pleased to announce an initial contribution of over $171 million toward the 2013 operations of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).  This year’s initial contribution funded through the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, will support UNHCR efforts worldwide. This funding includes support for refugees returning to countries such as Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo; local integration and resettlement; and protection and life-saving assistance. U.S. funding supports the provision of water, shelter, food, healthcare, and education to refugees, internally displaced persons, and other persons under UNHCR’s care and protection in countries such as Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, Georgia, Colombia, South Sudan, and Kenya. Full Text
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The United States is pleased to announce an initial contribution of over $171 million toward the 2013 operations of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).  This year’s initial contribution funded through the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, will support UNHCR efforts worldwide. This funding includes support for refugees returning to countries such as Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo; local integration and resettlement; and protection and life-saving assistance. U.S. funding supports the provision of water, shelter, food, healthcare, and education to refugees, internally displaced persons, and other persons under UNHCR’s care and protection in countries such as Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, Georgia, Colombia, South Sudan, and Kenya. Full Text

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The UN and the Commitment to Democracy in the Middle East

Secretary Clinton (Mar. 12):  ”We, as a community of nations, must help the people of the Middle East and North Africa make the most of the rights and freedoms for which they have risked so much.” Full Text»

Ambassador Susan Rice and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York, shared their top 10 Photos of 2011, a year of remarkable challenge & change. View the photo album on Facebook for captions and more information.

@AmbassadorRice: The Yemeni people deserve a path towards a unified, stable, secure and democratic #Yemen.

@USUN: This morning, the #UN #SecurityCouncil was briefed on the worsening humanitarian & political crisis in #Yemen.

U.S. Lists Countries of Grave Concern on Human Rights

      Ambassador Donahoe Waits to Address the Human Rights Council.  U.S. Mission Photo by Eric Bridiers

Ambassador Eileen Donahoe, US Permanent Representative to the UN Human Rights Council delivered a statement at the General Debate on Human Rights Situations Requiring Council Attention during the 18th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva today.  Ambassador Donahoe said, “The United States remains deeply disturbed by ongoing human rights violations around the world. As we engage in these discussions in Geneva, people continue to be tortured, killed, arbitrarily arrested, and denied their fundamental rights.  The United States will discuss the human rights situations in Syria, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, Belarus, Cambodia, and Somalia later in this session.  Today I will focus on other countries of grave concern.”  Click here to read what Ambassador Donahoe said about Iran, Burma, DPRK, China, Cuba, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.

"Today’s discussion on Yemen comes against the backdrop of increasingly disturbing reports of additional violence. According to news reports from Saana, yesterday government forces opened fire with anti-aircraft guns and automatic weapons on thousands of protestors. The United States condemns the use of excessive force against peaceful protestors and civilians in Yemen."
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Statement, US Mission to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva

UN Human Rights Council – 18th Session, Geneva, Switzerland (9/19)

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