Human Rights Council

Ambassador Harper: Statement at the Presentation of the Independent Experts’ Report on Burundi

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We firmly believe that this crisis can and must be resolved, or Burundi risks descending into further conflict, including the possibility of mass atrocities. The dialogue currently led by the East African Community (EAC) and mediated by former Tanzanian President Mkapa represents the best avenue for reaching a peaceful resolution to the crisis and restoring stability in Burundi.

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Human Rights Council Interactive Dialogue on the Democratic Republic of Congo

The past two years have seen increased repression and the closing of political space by the Democratic Republic of Congo government.

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Ambassador Harper: Statement at the General Debate on the Vienna Declaration & Programme of Action

The Vienna Declaration calls for democracy, justice, equality, and the rule of law. The United States is concerned about backsliding on these key principles necessary for the protection and full enjoyment of human rights.

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Dialogue with Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent

Ambassador Harper: The United States has made great progress toward countering racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related forms of intolerance, but we acknowledge much remains to be done. Although we may not agree with all of its factual or legal conclusions, we thank the Working Group for its findings from its constructive visit.

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U.S. Statement at the Panel on Integration of a Gender Perspective

At the U.S. Mission in Geneva, we promote gender integration and encourage others to do so as well through the Future She Deserves initiative, which aims to leverage Geneva-based institutional mechanisms and multilateral fora to improve opportunities for women and girls. The Future She Deserves focuses on ensuring adolescent girls’ access to health services, preventing and responding to gender-based violence, empowering women and girls economically, and promoting leadership opportunities and gender parity within the UN.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Thailand

We are also pleased the Royal Thai Government has agreed to return civilian trials to civilian courts, and we encourage the Government to expand this order to include the nearly 500 civilian cases currently pending in military courts.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Tanzania

While we note that the Government formally accepted our recommendation to respect and guarantee the universal right of its citizens in Zanzibar to elect their government through genuinely free and fair elections, we are deeply concerned that respect for human rights and the protection of democracy for all citizens is declining in Tanzania.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Tajikistan

We call upon the Tajik Government to repeal legislation facilitating the blockage of Internet content and telecommunications more generally. Under this law, the State Committee for National Security has the authority to interrupt Internet and other telecommunication services during so-called “security operations.”

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Swaziland

Although we are pleased with the Kingdom of Swaziland’s support for these recommendations, we remain deeply concerned that the latest set of reforms of the Suppression of Terrorism Act and Public Order Act continue to suppress individuals’ exercise of their freedom of association and right of peaceful assembly.

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Item 5: Joint Statement by Canada, Mexico, and the United States on Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls

At the recent North American Leaders Summit, the United States, Canada, and Mexico made a trilateral commitment to address the scourge of violence against indigenous women and girls that exists across North America. We resolved to work together to share lessons learned and improve coordination on violence against indigenous women and girls.

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