Human Rights

U.S. Statement on the UPR of Brunei Darussalam

We would like to see meaningful progress on Brunei’s laws and practices regarding freedom of expression and freedom of association.

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U.S. urges North Korea to dismantle all political prison camps, release political prisoners

U.S. statement at the adoption of the UPR report of the DPRK

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Panel on Integration of a Gender Perspective

The Human Rights Council must, and often does, account for the specific conditions of women and girls in each country.

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Statement at the Adoption of the Working Group Report of the UPR of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

We welcome the DRC’s support for Rwanda’s recommendation that the DRC fulfill its commitments under the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework.

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Clustered Interactive Dialogue on Indigenous People

We agree that successful disaster risk reduction strategies can only be developed and implemented with indigenous peoples’ participation and input.

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U.S. Statement on Human Rights Situations Requiring Council Attention

HRC must focus attention on Syria, Iran, DPRK, Sudan, South Sudan, Cuba, China, Venezuela, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Egypt and Russia.

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UN Report Highlights Ongoing Human Rights Violations by Asad Regime

Ambassador Harper Addresses HRC on Syria September 16

The Asad regime’s violations described in the most recent COI report include murder, hostage-taking, enforced disappearances, torture, rape, sexual violence, targeting civilians, and indiscriminate bombing.

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U.S. Speaks Out Against Violence Within the Family

Freedom from violence is a cornerstone of a just and stable society. Our countries are committed to preventing violence within the family by protecting those who are vulnerable to this violence, assisting survivors, and bringing perpetrators to justice.

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US Concerned About Shrinking Space for Civil Society Around the Globe

Increased restrictions on freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly and association have led to violence and the denial of other human rights. In particular, we are concerned about governments that use detention to stifle dissent.

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Interactive Dialogue on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances

In particular, the United States notes the disturbing reports that Burundian villagers and fishermen discovered as many as 40 corpses, some bound and wrapped in plastic, in Lake Rweru, a lake that straddles the Burundian border with Rwanda, between July and August.

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