Human Rights

Statement by Ambassador Keith Harper at Human Rights Council Special Session on Iraq / ISIL


The United States is shocked and appalled by the massive violations of international humanitarian law and human rights abuses being committed in Iraq.

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Beating of Azerbaijani Journalist and Human Rights Activist

We condemn the August 21 beating in Nakhchivan City, Azerbaijan of noted civil society activist Ilgar Nasibov, Director of the NGO Democracy Support Center

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U.S. Looks Forward to Productive 27th Session of the Human Rights Council

The United States intends to table a resolution on the human rights situation in Sudan. We believe there is a need to significantly strengthen the Council’s response to the human rights conditions on the ground and to respond effectively to the report of the Independent Expert, who has announced his resignation.

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William Bell, Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, Addresses Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Mayor William Bell

Birmingham is a changed city, thanks in part to programs and initiatives that continually remind us that the fight for equality is ever present.

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Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel: Opening Remarks to Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination


On behalf of Governors and Attorneys General throughout the United States, I am proud of our tremendous progress toward the implementation of the goals of the Convention. Of course, there is still much work left to be done.

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Catherine Lhamon: Opening Statement, Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Catherine E. Lhamon

Racial equity is an important part of the Department of Education’s mission.

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Deputy Assistant Attorney General Mark Kappelhoff: Opening Statement Before CERD Committee

Mark Kappelhoff

Since our founding, the people of the United States have strived to realize our Constitution’s promise of equal opportunity and equal justice for all.

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U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch: Statement at the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

Loretta Lynch

Attorney General Eric Holder – and all of us at the Department of Justice who work on criminal justice issues – take seriously our obligation to protect the safety of all Americans and the security of our nation; to safeguard civil and human rights; to prevent and combat violent crime, financial fraud, and threats to the most vulnerable members of society; and to strengthen collaboration among government, law enforcement and our community partners.

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Deputy Assistant Secretary Paula Schriefer: Opening Remarks to CERD Committee

Assistant Secretary Schriefer

We look forward to our dialogue with the Committee today and tomorrow, and are eager to hear and respond to your questions.

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Deeply Concerned by Failure of South Sudan Peace Talks to Meet Region’s Deadline

Secretary Kerry: “This is an outrage and an insult to the people of South Sudan. Their leaders are letting them down again and again.”

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