Human Rights

U.S. Statement at Special Session of the HRC on Boko Haram

The United States joins in condemning the shocking atrocities being committed in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger by Boko Haram.

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Ambassador Harper: Statement on the Death of Somali Ambassador Bari-Bari

One could not meet Yusuf without being struck by his kindness, his compassion, and his unrelenting commitment to the promotion of human rights for all.

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US – UK Joint Statement on the Elections in Nigeria

So far, we have seen no evidence of systemic manipulation of the process. But there are disturbing indications that the collation process may be subject to deliberate political interference.

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Key U.S. Outcomes at the UN Human Rights Council 28th Session

The outcomes of the 28th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) underscored the importance of robust U.S. engagement at the Council.

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U.S. Explanation of Vote with Regard to the Right to Development

The concerns of the United States about the existence of a “right to development” are long-standing and well known. The “right to development” does not have an agreed international meaning.

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Joint Statement on Independence of the OHCHR Cosigned by the United States

The independence of the thought and action of the High Commissioner and his office is crucial for the advancement of the human rights agenda.

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U.S. Strongly Supports ILO Focus on Gender Based Violence in the Workplace

As the ILO has noted previously, gender based violence is “the most prevalent human rights violation in the world” and its existence is a “major challenge to the goal of equality between women and men.”

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U.S. Co-sponsors Resolution Expressing Deep Concern about Human Rights Violations in North Korea

The DPRK is among the world’s most pervasive deniers of freedoms and violators of human rights.

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Human Rights Council Resolution on Continuing Grave Deterioration of Human Rights in Syria

We reiterate our calls for the immediate release of jailed human rights defenders, including Mazen Darwish, head of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression, as well as the release of human rights activists abducted by anti-government armed groups, including Razan Zeitouneh, founder of the Violations Documentation Center.

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Resolution Entitled “Effects of Terrorism on the Enjoyment of Human Rights”

It is essential that future efforts on this important topic are the result of careful deliberations and are able to garner consensus among the members of this body.

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