Human Rights

Addendum of the United States of America to the Report of the Working Group on its Universal Periodic Review

The U. S. government has carefully reviewed the 343 recommendations received during its Universal Periodic Review. This response reflects our continuing efforts, in consultation with civil society, to promote, protect, and respect human rights for all.

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U.S. Strongly Condemns the Sentencing of Oleh Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko

The United States strongly condemns today’s sentencing in a Russian military court of acclaimed Ukrainian director Oleh Sentsov and activist Oleksandr Kolchenko to 20 and 10 years respectively, on groundless allegations of plotting terrorist attacks and other subversive activities in Russian-occupied Crimea.

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UN Security Council Holds Inaugural Meeting on LGBT Issues

This historic event recognizes that the issue of LGBT rights has a place in the UN Security Council.

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Ambassador Harper: Statement at Organizational Meeting for 30th Session of Human Rights Council

HRC-Organzational

We plan to offer a resolution on Sri Lanka to follow up on the new Sri Lankan government’s efforts to promote reconciliation and accountability and on the release of the report of the OHCHR investigation requested in HRC resolution 25/1.

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On-the-Record Briefing on the 19th U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue

The dialogue gave us a chance to convey in advance of that visit the growing sense of alarm in the United States about human rights developments in China and to stress the importance of making specific improvements in keeping with China’s own laws and international commitments.

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Conviction of Human Rights Activists Leyla Yunus and Arif Yunus in Azerbaijan

The United States is deeply troubled by today’s decision of an Azerbaijani court to sentence human rights and peace advocates Leyla and Arif Yunus, who have been detained for more than a year, to eight-and-a-half and seven-year prison terms, respectively.

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Syria: Mazen Darwish Released

We welcome the release of prominent Syrian human rights activist Mazen Darwish.

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U.S. Condemns Terrorist Attack on Palestinian Village of Douma in Strongest Possible Terms

Terrorist Attack in Palestinian Village Press Statement Mark C. Toner Deputy Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 31, 2015     The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms last night’s vicious terrorist attack in the Palestinian village of Douma. The arson attack on a family’s home in the dead of the night resulted in […]

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Secretary’s Remarks at the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report Ceremony

Secretary Kerry at the TIP Report Ceremony

We want to bring to the public’s attention the full nature and scope of a $150 billion illicit trafficking industry.

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Under Secretary Sewall on the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report

The report provides a narrative for each country that describes its scope of human trafficking, and it assesses the government’s anti-trafficking efforts concerning each of the three Ps, and it describes the overall trends.

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