The following is attributable to spokesperson Ned Price:

Promoting the administration’s commitment to placing human rights at the heart of US foreign policy, Secretary Blinken today met with eight human rights defenders working around the world. The secretary reaffirmed the United States’ support for its efforts to build free, fair and democratic societies where human rights are respected and where the voices of government, business, workers and civil society, including including members of vulnerable populations, are actively engaged in dialogue. This includes efforts to end conflicts and ensure inclusive peace.

The discussion focused on the challenges facing human rights defenders around the world and how the United States can stand alongside civil society organizations and activists working to strengthen respect for human rights and advance democratic standards. The secretary pledged to continue a close dialogue with civil society organizations and human rights defenders and to continue to prioritize human rights in US foreign policy.