Human Rights

HRC 29 : Resolution on the Social Forum

The United States supports the engagement and participation of civil society organizations and the private sector in the work of the Human Rights Council. However, the United States has significant concerns about this resolution on the Social Forum, and therefore dissociates from consensus.

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U.S. Statement at the HRC 29 on Human Rights and Climate Change

The United States thanks the Philippines and Bangladesh for their continued dedication to an issue of tremendous importance to all countries. We recognize that climate change is an urgent, complex, and far-reaching global challenge.

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HRC 29: Human rights and the regulation of civilian acquisition, possession and use of firearms

We do not believe that a State’s regulation of the purely domestic acquisition, possession, and use of firearms is an appropriate topic for international attention generally or the Human Rights Council specifically.

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HRC 29: General Comment on the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms While Countering Terrorism

States play a crucial role in protecting persons from acts of terrorism and, as is well-known, the United States has taken a range of measures to counter the scourge of terrorism.

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U.S. Statement at the HRC 29: Independence of the Judiciary

The United States is pleased to join consensus on the resolution on the independence and impartiality of the judiciary, jurors and assessors, and the independence of lawyers.

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U.S. Statement at the HRC 29: Human Rights and International Solidarity

The United States continues to believe that the Council should not address the issue of International Solidarity. Many other items are more relevant to this Council’s human rights mandate, and the International Solidarity mandate diverts attention and resources away from them.

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U.S. Statement at the HRC 29: Anniversary of International Covenants

The United States joins other countries in celebrating the anniversaries of the entrance into force of the international covenants on human rights, which will take place late next year.

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U.S. Statement on HRC 29 Burma Resolution

We join the OIC in co-sponsoring this resolution and condemn all human rights abuses and violations, particularly against members of ethnic and religious minorities, including Rohingya.

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U.S. Statement at the HRC on Syria

The U.S. welcomes the resolution on “The grave and deteriorating human rights and humanitarian situation in the Syrian Arab Republic” and urges all members to vote yes.

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U.S. Statement on HRC Item 2: Situation in South Sudan

The United States is gravely concerned about the human rights situation in South Sudan.

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