Human Rights

U.S. Explanation of Vote – U.N. Human Rights Council Special Session on Burma


We are pleased to have cosponsored and voted for this important resolution, and we thank Bangladesh for their leadership in bringing this resolution forward.

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U.S. Statement at the UN Human Rights Council Special Session on Burma


The United States again calls on Myanmar authorities to respect the rights of its entire population, provide unhindered UN, humanitarian and media access throughout Burma, especially in Rakhine State, ensure justice for victims and accountability for those responsible for human rights violations and abuses, and take all necessary measures so that all persons can safely and voluntarily return to their places of origin.

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Chargé d’Affaires Theodore Allegra’s Welcome Remarks at Mega-Sporting Events and Human Rights

Today’s mega sporting events require extensive planning and sophisticated logistics; they are huge construction projects which pose daunting financial and transportation challenges.

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Secretary Tillerson: Efforts to Address Burma’s Rakhine State Crisis

After a careful and thorough analysis of available facts, it is clear that the situation in northern Rakhine state constitutes ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya.

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Secretary Tillerson’s Statement on Transgender Day of Remembrance

On Transgender Day of Remembrance, the United States honors the memory of the many transgender individuals who have lost their lives to acts of violence.

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Remarks on Human Rights and Religious Freedom in Sudan

The United States is eager to see Sudan make progress in a range of areas in the months and years ahead, as we work towards a new framework for bilateral engagement.

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Fact Sheet: U.S. Assistance in Response to the Human Rights and Humanitarian Crisis in Burma

We are working to immediately address the human rights and humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State, strengthen Burma’s transition to democracy, expand economic opportunity, improve health and resilience of vulnerable populations, further national reconciliation, empower local communities and civil society, and strengthen respect for and protection of human rights and religious freedom.

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Secretary Tillerson Joint Press Availability With Burmese State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi


“I am announcing today that the United States will provide an additional $47 million in humanitarian assistance for refugees, bringing the United States response to the Rakhine State crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh to more than $87 million since August of this year, and total humanitarian assistance for displaced people in and from this region to nearly $151 million since October of 2016.”

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Sri Lanka

We commend Sri Lanka’s commitment to promoting reconciliation, accountability, and human rights, and welcome progress on returning occupied lands and operationalizing the Office of Missing Persons.

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Ukraine

We commend Ukraine’s reform efforts since 2014, undertaken as the country has suffered greatly from acts of Russian aggression.

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