Human Rights Council

EOP on Boko Haram Special Session Resolution

The United States joins consensus on the resolution presented at this special session in solidarity with the countless individuals affected by Boko Haram-related violence.

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U.S. Statement at Special Session of the HRC on Boko Haram

The United States joins in condemning the shocking atrocities being committed in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger by Boko Haram.

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Ambassador Harper: Statement on the Death of Somali Ambassador Bari-Bari

One could not meet Yusuf without being struck by his kindness, his compassion, and his unrelenting commitment to the promotion of human rights for all.

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Key U.S. Outcomes at the UN Human Rights Council 28th Session

The outcomes of the 28th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) underscored the importance of robust U.S. engagement at the Council.

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U.S. Explanation of Vote with Regard to the Right to Development

The concerns of the United States about the existence of a “right to development” are long-standing and well known. The “right to development” does not have an agreed international meaning.

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Joint Statement on Independence of the OHCHR Cosigned by the United States

The independence of the thought and action of the High Commissioner and his office is crucial for the advancement of the human rights agenda.

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U.S. Co-sponsors Resolution Expressing Deep Concern about Human Rights Violations in North Korea

The DPRK is among the world’s most pervasive deniers of freedoms and violators of human rights.

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EOP on item 8: Resolution Entitled “Contribution of the Human Rights Council to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem of 2016.”

The importance of respect for human rights is front and center in the UN drug conventions, a cornerstone of all international drug control policy, as well as in all the declarations and resolutions from the General Assembly and the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND). There is no dispute on the role of respect for human rights in drug control efforts. That is why we join consensus on this resolution.

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General Comment on item 10: Resolution Entitled “Technical Assistance and Capacity Building in strengthening human rights in Iraq in light of the Abuses committed by ISIL and associated groups,”

We thank the Iraqi delegation for presenting this important resolution on “Technical Assistance and Capacity Building in strengthening human rights in Iraq in light of the Abuses committed by ISIL and associated groups.” We are pleased to co-sponsor this text and strongly encourage its consensus adoption.

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General Comment on item 4: Resolution Entitled “Situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran,”

The United States will again co-sponsor this important resolution on the “Situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran,” and urges all members to support it.

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