Human Rights

U.S. Strongly Condemns Recent Attacks in South Sudan Targetting Civilians and UNMISS Sites and Personnel

The United States strongly condemns the recent attacks by armed groups in South Sudan that have purposefully targeted civilians as well as UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) sites and personnel.

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Statement on the Situation in Homs, Syria

The United States is deeply concerned about the Syrian government’s violent offensive on the Old City of Homs and the neighborhood of Al-Waer, and that the breakdown in negotiations on a comprehensive agreement on safe passage for those trapped in the city may be part of a concerted military strategy to intensify the regime’s onslaught against the beleaguered and besieged city.

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Remarks by Secretary Kerry and HR Ashton Following Meeting on Ukraine

Secretary Kerry and High Representative Ashton.

The parties agreed today that all sides must refrain from the use of violence, intimidation, or provocative actions. And we strongly condemned and rejected all expressions of extremism, racism, and religious intolerance, including anti-Semitism.

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Readout of the President’s Call with President Hollande of France

The leaders underscored that Russia will face significant additional costs if it continues this behavior.

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U.S. Deeply Disappointed by Chinese Court’s Rejection of Xu Zhiyong Appeal

We call on Chinese authorities to release Xu and other political prisoners immediately, remove restrictions on their freedom of movement, and guarantee them the protections and freedoms to which they are entitled under China’s international human rights commitments.

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U.S. Statement at the Working Group on the Durban Declaration and Program of Action

We are always ready to find common ground with others in the effort to combat racism, bigotry, and racial discrimination.

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Key U.S. Outcomes at the UN Human Rights Council 25th Session

Human Rights Council

The U.S. successfully led two resolutions at this session: one on freedom of opinion and expression and another focusing on accountability for human rights abuses and violations in Sri Lanka.

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U.S. deeply committed to protecting the rights of children and to preventing violence against children

We look forward to continuing to work with other nations and international partners to ensure justice systems are child-sensitive and that progress is demonstrated more readily in the countries where serious challenges exist to accessing justice.

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The Right to Protest Peacefully is an Essential Enabler of Other Rights and Freedoms

National security is too often interpreted overly broadly and is used as a pretext to restrict protests which are essentially political in nature. In my own country, the demonstrations for racial equality led by Martin Luther King Jr. were wrongly restricted by security officials using such pretexts.

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US Remains Deeply Troubled by HRC’s Stand alone Agenda Item Directed Against Israel

Actions which help move the parties toward peace remain the surest way to protect the human rights of Palestinians and Israelis alike.

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