Human Rights

John Kerry on the Conviction of Hissene Habre for War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity, and Torture

The United States welcomes the Extraordinary African Chambers’ issuance of the judgment finding former Chadian President Hissene Habre guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including charges of murder, torture, rape, and sexual slavery, and sentencing him to life in prison. This ruling is a landmark in the global fight against impunity for atrocities, including war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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John Kerry Commemorates the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

The United States is unwavering in our commitment to advance full equality for LGBTI individuals everywhere. We recognize there is still much work to be done. As American civil rights leader Fredrick Douglass famously said, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”

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Geneva Gender Champions Hold First Mid-Term Review

GGC

Ambassador Hamamoto: We have the ability to send a powerful message to the rest of the world.

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Eight Year Imprisonment of Bahai Leaders in Iran

We join the international community in condemning their continued imprisonment and calling upon the Islamic Republic of Iran to release them immediately, along with all other prisoners of conscience in Iran.

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Ireland

The United States commends Ireland for its leadership in co-facilitating the September United Nations high-level event on refugees and migration, and for working to include language on the importance of protecting and promoting human rights in the outcome document of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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U.S. Recommendations at the Universal Periodic Review of Thailand

The United States is troubled by the restrictions on the exercise of fundamental freedoms, including freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, since the May 2014 coup.

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Trinidad and Tobago

The United States commends Trinidad and Tobago for its commitment to human rights and its efforts to assist those with disabilities and provide greater safeguards for those with HIV/AIDS

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Swaziland

The United States is deeply concerned by the continued suppression of individuals’ exercise of their freedoms of association and peaceful assembly, and looks forward to progress on reforms of the Suppression of Terrorism Act and Public Order Act.

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Antigua and Barbuda

We note actions taken by Antigua and Barbuda which demonstrate dedication to respect for human rights, including efforts to eliminate violence and discrimination against persons with HIV/AIDS, especially among the police forces.

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Tanzania

The United States is deeply concerned by the decision of the Zanzibar Electoral Commission to annul the October 25 election, which halted an orderly and peaceful process, and then to hold a rerun that was neither inclusive nor representative.

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