Human Rights

Secretary Kerry: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and 16 Days of Activism

Simply put, we must all do more to end violence against women in all its forms, wherever and whenever it occurs, and it starts by acknowledging it. There can be no conspiracy of silence.

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Strengthening the Role of Health Systems in Responding to Violence Against Women

Ambassador Hamamoto

Violence against women is a public health challenge, it is a gender equity challenge and, of course, violence against women is at its core a challenge to human rights.

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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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