Human Rights

Remarks on the 2016 International Religious Freedom Annual Report

Secretary of State

The release of the 2016 International Religious Freedom Report details the status of religious freedom in 199 countries and territories, and provides insights as to significant and growing challenges.

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Statement on the Murders of Syrian Civil Defense Workers in Idlib

These cowardly acts of masked men took the lives of civilian volunteers who work tirelessly as first responders in order to save lives in incredibly dangerous environments.

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Secretary Tillerson Discusses Foreign Policy Goals at Press Availability

Tillerson

When we say America first it doesn’t mean America alone, and we do value our friends and allies; we value our partners. And we recognize and acknowledge our adversaries and our enemies, and we tend to think about our relationships in those types of terms. But as we have said, America first is not America alone.

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Secretary Tillerson’s Statement on the Passing of Liu Xiaobo

Mr. Liu dedicated his life to the betterment of his country and humankind, and to the pursuit of justice and liberty.

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Item6: Implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Good Practices and Lessons Learned

The United States is pleased to take part in this interactive dialogue, and appreciates the work EMRIP has done on its preliminary report on implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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EMRIP Item 7: Indigenous Peoples’ Participation in the UN System

Indigenous peoples’ effective participation in the UN system has been and continues to be a top priority for the United States.

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EMRIP Item 3: New Mandate of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Activities and Methods of Work

The U.S. government and U.S. tribal leaders place priority on reforming EMRIP so that it can better help Member States achieve the goals of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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U.S. Disappointed by the Verdict Sentencing Human Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab

We believe no one anywhere should be prosecuted or imprisoned for exercising their human rights or fundamental freedoms, including the freedoms of expression or peaceful assembly.

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The United States Reaffirms Support for Cypriot Unification

The United States is disappointed the Conference on Cyprus in Crans Montana, Switzerland, has closed without an agreement.

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U.S. Welcomes Transfer of Leopoldo Lopez to House Arrest in Venezuela

This is a significant step in the right direction by the government of Venezuela. We reiterate our call for the full restoration of Mr. Lopez’s liberty and his political rights.

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