Human Rights

ISIL’s Murder of Iraqi Human Rights Lawyer Samira Salih al-Nuaimi

ISIL’s gruesome tactics, particularly its oppression of women, once again reveal that this cruel and barbaric terrorist organization seeks to inflict violence and fear through its distortion of faith.

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Secretary Kerry: Statement on HRC Resolution on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

“Today the community of nations made an historic statement in support of LGBT rights, which are human rights.”

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Dissociation and Explanation of Position: On Hazardous Substances and Wastes

We are committed to the proper management of such hazardous substances and wastes.

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Human Rights Council Expresses Grave Concern About Violence Against LGBT Persons

We are pleased to see that today the international community is visibly and publicly upholding the rights of LGBT individuals.

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Explanation of Position: Resolutions on Rights of the Child

We are glad that the Human Rights Council is addressing these important matters on the well-being of children.

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Debate on Resolution on Civil Society Space

This timely resolution underscores the important role civil society plays both in the promotion and protection of human rights, democracy, and the rule of law, and in providing expertise and advocacy within the UN system.

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Explanation of Vote: on Vulture Funds

The United States remains committed to the stability of the international financial system and to the development of its partners around the world.

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Secretary Kerry’s Remarks at a High-Level Dialogue on Combating Violence Targeting LGBT

LGBT violence anywhere is a threat to peace and stability and prosperity everywhere.

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Explanation of Position: Human Rights Situation in Sudan

Ambassador Harper speaks at HRC Session 27

It is unfortunate to affirm again this year that the people of Sudan continue to face enormous human rights challenges… Sudan’s human rights record remains one of persistent and increasing violations and abuse.

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Explanation of Position: The Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation

The United States is committed to addressing the global challenges relating to water and sanitation and has made access to safe drinking water and sanitation a priority in our development assistance efforts.

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