Joint Statement on the Occasion of the 25th Budapest Pride Festival 

August 17, 2020  On the occasion of the 25th Budapest Pride Festival, we, the undersigned embassies and cultural institutes, express our strong support for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community and their rights to equality, peaceful expression and assembly, and freedom from discrimination. We note the important advocacy of LGBTI …

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Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights

On July 16, 2020, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo released the Draft Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights. Draft Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights (PDF, 28MB) Unalienable Rights and the Securing of Freedom – Secretary Pompeo’s speech at the release of the Draft Report.

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International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia Statement by the U.S. Embassy Budapest May 14, 2020 On May 17, we will celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, created to commemorate the WHO’s decision to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder on that day thirty years ago.  The United States firmly opposes criminalization, …

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International Roma Day

STATEMENT BY MORGAN ORTAGUS, STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON April 8, 2020 International Roma Day International Roma Day is an occasion to celebrate the traditions and history of Roma persons everywhere and to honor their contributions to the culture and society of nations around the world. This includes the United States, which is home to more than …

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Statement on Governmental Responses to COVID-19.

April 1, 2020 Leaders around the world are grappling with unprecedented challenges as they tackle the COVID-19 global pandemic.  As governments around the world respond, we urge them to avoid restrictions on essential human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the ability of the free press to provide information to the public about the crisis and …

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