Human Rights Council

U.S. Statement at the UPR of Guinea-Bissau

We commend, Guinea-Bissau’s efforts to implement its law against female genital mutilation or cutting and encourage continued efforts to prevent and respond to all forms of gender-based violence.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Armenia

We commend Armenia for improvements in respecting freedom of expression, as manifested in the Human Rights Defender’s December 2013 special report on obstacles to a fair trial, although more remains to be done.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Kenya

We commend Kenya for its progress in approving the 2010 constitution. We are, however, concerned about efforts that appear to undermine constitutional rights, including elements of new counter terrorism legislation.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Lesotho

We commend Lesotho for its commitment to a national dialogue on constitutional and parliamentary reform and look forward to free, fair, and peaceful national elections in February 2015. We welcome the progress achieved so far in the efforts to uphold democratic principles and restore political stability and security.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Spain

We commend Spain’s longstanding commitment to the promotion of human rights, including the rights of LGBT persons, and its related efforts to fight trafficking in persons.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Laos

We remain deeply concerned about the human rights situation in Laos, including severe restrictions on freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly, association, and religion, as well as the right to take part in periodic and genuine elections.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Guinea

We commend the Government of Guinea’s commitment to respecting, protecting, and promoting human rights while combatting Ebola.

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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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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. 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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