Human Rights Council

Item 5: Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) Review

The United States welcomes OHCHR’s report, which outlines reforms proposed by states, experts, indigenous peoples, and other civil society actors. The report identifies several areas of convergence from which we can draw in the coming months.

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Item 4: General Debate on Human Rights Situations Requiring Council Attention

The United States remains deeply concerned about the human rights situations in Syria, Burundi, South Sudan, DPRK, and Russia, which we address in more detail elsewhere during this session.

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Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on South Sudan

The United States believes there is a pressing need for justice and accountability in South Sudan. We fully support the peace agreement’s provision for the Hybrid Court for South Sudan, to be established by the African Union, as well as the Commission for Truth, Reconciliation, and Healing.

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HRC32: Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Eritrea

The United States recognizes that the mechanisms of the HRC, including the Special Rapporteur, are important tools for the international community to strengthen its engagement with Eritrea. We call on the Government of Eritrea to grant access to the Special Rapporteur and urge the government to consider ways that working with the Special Rapporteur could improve the human rights situation in Eritrea.

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Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Belarus

We continue to have significant concerns regarding the human rights situation in Belarus. The government continues to impose restrictions on opposition parties, civil society, and independent media. The government also continues to restrict the right to peaceful freedom of assembly by requiring permission to organize an event, yet routinely denying this permission, and sentencing those who participate in unsanctioned peaceful rallies to pay large fines.

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U.S. Welcomes the On-Going Critical Work of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria

Ambassador Harper: “We reiterate the many calls from UN bodies for the Syrian government to cease its egregious abuses against prisoners and disappeared persons, allow for immediate unfettered access to all detainees, provide a list of detention facilities, allow for medical services for all detainees, and release arbitrarily detained persons, including women, and children.”

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Ambassador Harper’s Statement at the HRC Item 3 General Debate

As we have seen the world over, countries of all stages of democratization are using periodic and genuine elections as a peaceful means of guaranteeing the free expression of the will of the people.

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Dialogue with Special Rapporteurs on Internally Displaced Persons and on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions

We thank Special Rapporteur Heyns for his service, and express full support for his mandate. We note our written feedback on the proposed new manual on prevention and investigation of potentially all unlawful deaths. We expressed significant concerns about the process by which this proposed manual has been undertaken, in light of the responsibilities of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, and about its content.

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Item 3: Report of the Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice and Report of the SR on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences

Ambassador Harper: The United States greatly appreciates the efforts of the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice to emphasize the severity of the effects that discrimination can have on women’s access to healthcare. The United States thanks you for your commitment to furthering the rights of women in relation to healthcare access and to their safety.

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Ambassador Harper: Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association Promote Broadmindedness, Diversity, and Tolerance

The promotion and protection of fundamental freedoms and human rights are essential to the long-term stability and health of every state. We agree with Special Rapporteur Kiai that the freedoms of peaceful assembly and of association promote broadmindedness, diversity, and tolerance, and that these rights must be protected for everyone.

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