Human Rights

U. S. Statement at the Inter-sessional Meeting of the Working Group on the Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other People Working in Rural Areas

The United States is deeply concerned about the challenges faced by persons living and working in rural areas around the world, and we participate in existing discussions in multilateral fora to address these complex issues.

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U.S. Statement for Item 3 General Debate

As the Council commemorates the anniversaries of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Vienna Declaration and Program of Action, we are concerned by efforts to inappropriately collectivize human rights, which are rights guaranteed to individuals, as well as by efforts to make development a precondition for the fulfillment of human rights obligations and commitments.

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Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid bin Ra’ad al-Hussein

Today, we want to reiterate U.S. concerns over reprisals targeting the special procedures of this Council, the staff of the Office of the High Commissioner, and civil society actors who cooperate with the Human Rights Council and its mandates, and with the UN more generally.

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Item 3 – Annual Debate on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Under U.S. federal law people with disabilities are protected from discrimination in State and local government services, programs, and activities, including law enforcement agencies, justice system entities, and juvenile and adult corrections agencies.

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ID with the SR for the Right to Privacy Joseph Cannataci and the SR on the Sale and Sexual Exploitation of Children Maud de Boer-Buquicchio

The United States has a legacy of legal protections for individual privacy dating back to our founding.

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Item 3 – Clustered ID with Special Representatives of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children and Children and Armed Conflict

We appreciate their efforts to highlight the urgency of addressing violence against children and children and armed conflict, and to advocate for rights and protections of children.

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Item 3 – Clustered ID with the Special Rapporteur on Disabilities

The United States would like to thank the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities for her report. We also want to thank the Independent Expert for her work on Albinism.

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HRC37: Annual Full Day Meeting on the Rights of the Child

The United States supports efforts to prioritize the needs of children in humanitarian situations. Children are the agents of change, and each day we are reminded that every young person is a key driver of prosperity and freedom.

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HRC Urgent Debate on Syria: U.S. Remarks in response to Russian amendment L.4

We remind the Council of the repeated violations and abuses against civilians by the Syrian authorities and their supporters in previous post-ceasefire agreements, documented by numerous UN reports, including those of the Commission of Inquiry.

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HRC Urgent Debate on Syria: U.S. Remarks in response to Russian amendment L.3

All of the Russian amendments before us today are an attempt to divert the Council’s attention from the issue at hand: the continued violations of the ceasefire by the regime and its Russian supporters.

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