Human Rights

U.S. Strongly Condemns Attacks Against Red Cross/Red Crescent Staff in Syria and Yemen

The U.S. maintains an ironclad commitment to assisting those impacted by the conflicts in Syria, in Yemen, and around the world.

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U.S. Congratulates Nigeria on Historic Elections of March 28

We laud both President Jonathan and General Buhari for their public commitments to the Abuja Accord signed in January and reaffirmed March 26, respecting the official results, and encouraging their supporters to do the same.

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EOP on Boko Haram Special Session Resolution

The United States joins consensus on the resolution presented at this special session in solidarity with the countless individuals affected by Boko Haram-related violence.

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U.S. Statement at Special Session of the HRC on Boko Haram

The United States joins in condemning the shocking atrocities being committed in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger by Boko Haram.

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Ambassador Harper: Statement on the Death of Somali Ambassador Bari-Bari

One could not meet Yusuf without being struck by his kindness, his compassion, and his unrelenting commitment to the promotion of human rights for all.

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US – UK Joint Statement on the Elections in Nigeria

So far, we have seen no evidence of systemic manipulation of the process. But there are disturbing indications that the collation process may be subject to deliberate political interference.

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Key U.S. Outcomes at the UN Human Rights Council 28th Session

The outcomes of the 28th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) underscored the importance of robust U.S. engagement at the Council.

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U.S. Explanation of Vote with Regard to the Right to Development

The concerns of the United States about the existence of a “right to development” are long-standing and well known. The “right to development” does not have an agreed international meaning.

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Joint Statement on Independence of the OHCHR Cosigned by the United States

The independence of the thought and action of the High Commissioner and his office is crucial for the advancement of the human rights agenda.

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U.S. Strongly Supports ILO Focus on Gender Based Violence in the Workplace

As the ILO has noted previously, gender based violence is “the most prevalent human rights violation in the world” and its existence is a “major challenge to the goal of equality between women and men.”

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