Human Rights Council

U.S. Statement at the Informal Session with High Commissioner Zeid on Recent Missions

Mr. High Commissioner, the United States would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your Office for your on-going and critical work in promoting the protection of human rights around the world. Your voice is a vital one.

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of South Sudan

We remain gravely concerned about the deplorable human rights situation in South Sudan.

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Republic of Haiti

The United States and looks forward to transparent, credible, and fair elections in Haiti on November 20.

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Republic of Moldova

We note recent reform laws approved by the legislature, including those on prosecutorial reform and judicial independence. We appreciate the delegation’s updates on implementation of these and other reform priorities.

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Uganda

We commend Uganda for its treatment of refugees, which can serve as a model worldwide.

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Timor-Leste

We are encouraged by the steps taken to prosecute those in the security forces who used excessive force or inappropriately treated detainees. We note however that impunity continues to be a problem.

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Venezuela

The United States remains troubled by the human rights situation in Venezuela in light of: lack of respect for separation of powers; actions to bypass the elected National Assembly; suspension of the constitutionally-permitted recall referendum and of regional elections; criminalization of dissent; and continuing media restrictions.

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Lithuania

The United States commends Lithuania’s longstanding commitment to the promotion of human rights, both domestically and internationally.

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Zimbabwe

We would like to reiterate the importance of adhering to the rights enshrined in the 2013 Constitution of Zimbabwe, and that are protected under Zimbabwe’s international human rights obligations. We are concerned by severe restrictions on the freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly, and association – including the use of excessive force by police, bans on demonstrations, and government threats to crack down on activists.

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Iceland

The United States commends Iceland’s longstanding commitment to the promotion of human rights both domestically and internationally, and especially for its progressive steps in the areas of tolerance, gender equality, and rights of LGBTI persons.

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