Human Rights

Acting Legal Adviser McLeod: U.S. Affirms Torture is Prohibited at All Times in All Places

McLeod

There should be no doubt, the United States affirms that torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment and punishment are prohibited at all times in all places, and we remain resolute in our adherence to these prohibitions.

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Assistant Secretary Malinowski: Torture is forbidden in all places, at all times, with no exceptions.

Assistant Secretary Malinowski

The prohibition of torture and cruel treatment is part of our Constitution, and it binds our federal government and all 50 of our states.

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Ambassador Harper: Opposition to Torture is a Fundamental American Value

Harper

We see our dialogue with the UN human rights treaty bodies as part of a valuable process to push all nations, including the United States, to do better.

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David Bitkower: Justice Department Plays Critical Role in Upholding US Obligations under Convention Against Torture

Bitkower

We are deeply committed to preventing violations of the prohibition against torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment; to pursuing justice on behalf of victims; and to denying perpetrators safe haven in our country.

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Outcomes from the ITU 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference #PP14

The U.S. delegation achieved its four primary objectives, and all outcomes were agreed by consensus with other member states.

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Ambassador Harper: Remarks on the 30th Anniversary of the U.N. Convention Against Torture (CAT)

Harper

The absolute prohibition of torture is a fundamental precept to the United States. It is a violation of law and of human dignity, and contrary to our values.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Egypt

We are deeply concerned with steps taken by Egypt that have resulted in violations of freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly, and association, deprived thousands of Egyptians of fair trial guarantees, and undermined civil society’s role in the country.

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U.S. Report on Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action #Beijing20

The United States strongly supports a stand -alone goal on gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment in the Post- 2015 Development Agenda.

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President Obama on Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

History shows that a free press remains a critical foundation for prosperous, open, and secure societies, allowing citizens to access information and hold their governments accountable.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Slovenia

We compliment Slovenia for compensating persons whose status was “erased” after the breakup of Yugoslavia, and urge Slovenia to accelerate these efforts.

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