Human Rights

Ambassador Samantha Power’s Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict

The Secretary-General’s annual report continues to be a valuable tool for documenting abuses and for identifying those responsible. The Security Council’s mandate on children and armed conflict – which includes monitoring, reporting, and listing of parties for violations – is crucial, and must be maintained.

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Statement on the Death of Journalist Pavel Sherbet in a Car Bombing in Kyiv

We are shocked and saddened by the killing of Ukrainska Pravda journalist Pavel Sheremet in a car bombing in Kyiv. We join the government of Ukraine in support of a full and impartial investigation that will bring those responsible to justice.

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Sustainable Development Goals: All our Countries, Including the United States, Can and Must Do Better

Ambassador Samantha Power: If we are to have any hope of accomplishing the SDGs – which includes a target to end the AIDS epidemic, we have to guard space for civil society both within our own countries and here at the United Nations.

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The United States is Deeply Concerned by Bahraini Court Decision to Dissolve the Opposition Al Wefaq Political Society

This ruling is the latest in a series of disconcerting steps in Bahrain, including the Government of Bahrain’s revocation of Sheikh Isa Qassem’s citizenship and the arrest of human rights activist Nabil Rajab.

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Item 8: Best Practices and Strategies for the Implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Ambassador Harper: In December 2010, President Obama announced U.S. support for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In partnering with tribal leaders to address the challenges that tribal communities face, U.S. government agencies, White House offices, and others are guided by the Declaration and its emphasis on self-governance, autonomy, empowerment, and decision-making.

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EMRIP Item 5: Health and Indigenous Peoples, with a Focus on Children and Youth

Alcohol and substance abuse, mental health issues, and suicide continue to be among the most severe health and social problems that American Indians and Alaska Natives face. Behavioral health disorders – mental and substance abuse – also pose concerns for Native youth who have higher rates of suicide attempts and completions and early initiation of substance use in the United States.

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EMRIP Item 4: U.S. Statement on Indigenous Persons with Disabilities

The United States is pleased that EMRIP is considering the rights of indigenous persons with disabilities at its current session. This is a topic of great importance to us. While the United States has many policies and programs in place to help all persons with disabilities, some U.S. organizations focus on specific populations within that group.

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EMRIP Item 3: Enhanced Participation for Indigenous Peoples’ Representatives and Institutions at the UN

Ambassador Harper: The US is pleased at the widespread support during the UN consultations for a separate category of participation for indigenous institutions. We interpret “indigenous institutions” in UN documents to include indigenous governments.

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Statement by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice on South Sudan

The United States condemns in the strongest terms the return to violence in South Sudan. It must stop. Armed leaders, their commanders, and forces must focus their resources on bringing about an immediate end to the violence. We call on those fighting to return to their barracks. This senseless and inexcusable violence—undertaken by those who yet again are putting self-interest above the well-being of their country and people—puts at risk everything the South Sudanese people have aspired to over the past five years.

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Item 3: Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) Review

The World Conference outcome document invites the Human Rights Council to review the mandates of its indigenous mechanisms to better achieve the ends of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We welcome the opportunity to do so.

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