Human Rights Council

U.S. Statement on Human Rights Situations Requiring Council Attention

HRC must focus attention on Syria, Iran, DPRK, Sudan, South Sudan, Cuba, China, Venezuela, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Egypt and Russia.

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UN Report Highlights Ongoing Human Rights Violations by Asad Regime

Ambassador Harper Addresses HRC on Syria September 16

The Asad regime’s violations described in the most recent COI report include murder, hostage-taking, enforced disappearances, torture, rape, sexual violence, targeting civilians, and indiscriminate bombing.

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U.S. Speaks Out Against Violence Within the Family

Freedom from violence is a cornerstone of a just and stable society. Our countries are committed to preventing violence within the family by protecting those who are vulnerable to this violence, assisting survivors, and bringing perpetrators to justice.

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US Concerned About Shrinking Space for Civil Society Around the Globe

Increased restrictions on freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly and association have led to violence and the denial of other human rights. In particular, we are concerned about governments that use detention to stifle dissent.

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Interactive Dialogue on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances

In particular, the United States notes the disturbing reports that Burundian villagers and fishermen discovered as many as 40 corpses, some bound and wrapped in plastic, in Lake Rweru, a lake that straddles the Burundian border with Rwanda, between July and August.

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Promotion and Protection of the Right to Privacy

We welcome this panel discussion and other recent events under the Council’s auspices.

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United States engages with Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

The United States agrees that criminal prosecutions of human rights violators and those who violate international humanitarian law play a critical role in restoring confidence in the rule of law.

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The U.S. welcomes the HRC discussion on the Administration of Justice

We stress the importance of judicial oversight, including remedies such as habeas corpus to challenge the basis of detention and causes of action for redress of rights violations during detention.

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Ambassador Harper Speaks at Symposium on Abductions by North Korea

Ambassador Harper Speaks at Symposium on Abductions by North Korea

No longer can the world say this is conjecture or speculation or politically-motivated accusations from one or another. The documentation is too well done. It is too persuasive.

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HRC Holds Dialogue with Independent Expert on Older Persons and Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery

Modern slavery has many names: trafficking in persons, involuntary servitude, debt bondage, forced labor, domestic servitude, sex trafficking and forced prostitution.

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