Human Rights Council

Readout of the President’s Call with President Hollande of France

The leaders underscored that Russia will face significant additional costs if it continues this behavior.

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Key U.S. Outcomes at the UN Human Rights Council 25th Session

Human Rights Council

The U.S. successfully led two resolutions at this session: one on freedom of opinion and expression and another focusing on accountability for human rights abuses and violations in Sri Lanka.

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U.S. deeply committed to protecting the rights of children and to preventing violence against children

We look forward to continuing to work with other nations and international partners to ensure justice systems are child-sensitive and that progress is demonstrated more readily in the countries where serious challenges exist to accessing justice.

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The Right to Protest Peacefully is an Essential Enabler of Other Rights and Freedoms

National security is too often interpreted overly broadly and is used as a pretext to restrict protests which are essentially political in nature. In my own country, the demonstrations for racial equality led by Martin Luther King Jr. were wrongly restricted by security officials using such pretexts.

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US Remains Deeply Troubled by HRC’s Stand alone Agenda Item Directed Against Israel

Actions which help move the parties toward peace remain the surest way to protect the human rights of Palestinians and Israelis alike.

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Readout of the President’s Call with President Putin

President Obama underscored to President Putin that the U.S. continues to support a diplomatic path in close consultation with the Government of Ukraine and in support of the Ukrainian people with the aim of de-escalation of the crisis.

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EOP on Resolution “Promotion of the enjoyment of the cultural rights of everyone and respect for cultural diversity”

We wish to register our concern that the concept of cultural diversity, particularly when espoused in a human rights context, could be misunderstood. Cultural diversity and efforts to promote it should not be used to undermine or limit the scope of human rights, nor should it infringe on the enjoyment by individuals of their human rights. This concept should not be used to justify or legitimize human rights abuses.

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EOP on Resolution “Human rights and the environment”

We remain concerned regarding the general approach of placing environmental concerns in a human rights context and about addressing them in fora that do not have the necessary expertise. For related reasons, while we recognize the efforts of the independent expert and UN bodies in this area, we do not agree with a number of aspects of their work.

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U.S. Statement on Resolution “Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance”

Our priority is to help ensure that all states live up to their obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) and implement practical measures to fulfill the promise of that Convention and other instruments barring racial discrimination. Unfortunately, we are concerned that the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance does little to contribute to forward movement on such practical measures.

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U.S. Co-Sponsors Resolution on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar

We are deeply concerned by the recent mob violence in Sittwe targeting UN offices and international NGOs, which has resulted in the destruction of property and the emergency relocation of international aid workers, including American citizens, to safe havens.

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