Human Rights

The United States Concerned by Reports of Detentions and Deaths of LGBTI Individuals in Chechnya, Russia

We are deeply disturbed by recent public statements by Chechen authorities that condone and incite violence against LGBTI persons.

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Press Releases: Venezuelan Supreme Court Decision Greatly Undermines Democratic Institutions

The United States condemns the Venezuelan Supreme Court’s March 29 decision to usurp the powers of the democratically elected National Assembly.

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Key Outcomes of U.S. Priorities at the UN Human Rights Council’s 34th Session

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At the Council’s 34th Session in Geneva from February 27-March 24, U.S. leadership proved critical to shaping the international response to urgent human rights situations and issues.

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U.S. EOV on the Elaboration of Complementary Standards to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

The United States remains deeply concerned about speech that advocates national, racial, or religious hatred.

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U.S. EOP on the Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance

The United States must again dissociate from consensus on this resolution.

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U.S. EOV on the Mandate of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action

The United States is firmly committed to combating racism and racial discrimination.

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U.S. Introduces Resolution on Human Rights in South Sudan

The human rights situation in South Sudan is deeply alarming to us all.

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U.S. Explanation of Votes on Item 7 Resolutions

The United States strongly and unequivocally opposes the existence of the Human Rights Council’s Agenda Item Seven.

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U.S. Explanation of Position on Human Rights and the Environment

The U.S. agrees with other members of the Council that protection of the environment is important to sustainable development, human well-being, and the enjoyment of human rights.

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U.S. Introductory Statement on Freedom of Opinion and Expression

The U.S. is pleased to introduce for adoption Resolution L.27 on “Freedom of Opinion and Expression: Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression.”

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