Human Rights

Statements Presenting the Resolution on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association

Ambassador Harper: Unfortunately, these freedoms are under increasing threat across the globe.

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John Kerry: Remarks at the 2016 Trafficking In Persons Report Ceremony

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“When we talk about “human trafficking,” we’re talking about slavery — modern-day slavery that still today claims more than 20 million victims on any given time.”

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Item 10: General Debate on Technical Assistance & Cooperation

Ambassador Harper: The United States encourages governments facing human rights challenges to allow for the establishment of OHCHR country offices to help them address those challenges.

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

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

The United Nations Human Rights Council today adopted its third UN resolution on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons, creating an Independent Expert on violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Ambassador Harper: Statement at the General Debate with the High Commissioner

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Item 2:  General Debate with the High Commissioner Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America As Delivered by Ambassador Keith Harper Human Rights Council June 29, 2016 Mr. Vice President,   We thank the High Commissioner for his interim report requested last September detailing the progress Sri Lanka has made, and the […]

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Ambassador Harper’s Statement at the HRC Interactive Dialogue on Burundi

We firmly believe that this crisis can and must be resolved, or Burundi risks losing progress gained since the signing of the Arusha Agreement, and it risks potentially descending into further conflict, including the possibility of mass atrocities. The dialogue currently led by the East African Community and mediated by former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa represents the best avenue for bringing all stakeholders together, reaching a peaceful resolution to the crisis, and restoring stability to Burundi.

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Interactive Dialogue with the Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine

Ambassador Harper: Violence by armed groups and reports of torture in detention facilities, wherever they take place, are grave and deeply troubling.

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Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on Cote d’Ivoire 

We congratulate Cote d’Ivoire on its credible and transparent October 2015 presidential election. We encourage the Government of Cote d’Ivoire to continue to focus on solidifying democracy in a way that is inclusive and promotes open political dialogue and free and equal participation by all its citizens. We stand with Cote d’Ivoire in the effort to counter violent extremism and we condemn the senseless March attack in the Grand Bassam.

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Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on Central African Republic

Ambassador Harper: The Central African Republic has come a tremendous way since violence and insecurity befell the country in 2013. Thanks to the resiliency of the Central African people, the country now finds itself on the cusp of a new beginning.

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Panel Discussion: Using Sport and the Olympic Ideal to Promote Human Rights for All, Including Persons with Disabilities

Ambassador Harper: The United States Government has long been committed to fostering the positive influence sports can have in advancing human rights, international labor standards, educational and cultural exchange, and equality for all.

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