Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Visits Dublin

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled December 6-7 to Dublin, Ireland, where she participated in the ministerial meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). During the ministerial, she and her counterparts discussed proposals to strengthen the OSCE's capacity to promote comprehensive security in Eurasia; the Secretary also met with civil society representatives from across the OSCE region.

Secretary Clinton also met with Irish officials to discuss areas of cooperation in promoting peace, human rights, and economic growth, launched the 50th U.S. Embassy Youth Council, and delivered a major speech on U.S. achievements in support of human rights globally. You can watch the Secretary's speech in the video player above, or read it on

You can learn more about U.S. relations with Ireland by visiting our embassy's website and read more about the U.S. commitment to human rights by visiting and



Ashim C.
December 8, 2012

Ashim C. in India writes:

This well prepared speech on human rights was even better delivered because it roused listeners to think and react more than it moved them emotionally .

It was good to hear about four priority areas and that US is strengthening monitoring mechamisms by increasing the scope of investigations and observations on undermining of human rights the worldwide. This is indeed a difficult task.

However, one could possibly distinguish between violations of human rights by states and government as policies of states and violations , which say are rooted in social practices, which people inherit and people get to believe in spontaneously and thoughtlessly in their innocense. Based on this distinction, USA could consider declaration of a policy as to how US would selectively disciminate such state/government actors in developing and downgrading economic and political relations with them. US and other liberal democracies can go on heightening economic and political relationship with any country whose governments are perhaps the worst violators of human rights. Here it would be appropriate to underline the significance of Ms. Clinton's observation on state of human rights in countries and tensions they create in their neighbourhood and region.

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
December 7, 2012


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