Human Rights Council

Item 8: Best Practices and Strategies for the Implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Ambassador Harper: In December 2010, President Obama announced U.S. support for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In partnering with tribal leaders to address the challenges that tribal communities face, U.S. government agencies, White House offices, and others are guided by the Declaration and its emphasis on self-governance, autonomy, empowerment, and decision-making.

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EMRIP Item 5: Health and Indigenous Peoples, with a Focus on Children and Youth

Alcohol and substance abuse, mental health issues, and suicide continue to be among the most severe health and social problems that American Indians and Alaska Natives face. Behavioral health disorders – mental and substance abuse – also pose concerns for Native youth who have higher rates of suicide attempts and completions and early initiation of substance use in the United States.

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EMRIP Item 4: U.S. Statement on Indigenous Persons with Disabilities

The United States is pleased that EMRIP is considering the rights of indigenous persons with disabilities at its current session. This is a topic of great importance to us. While the United States has many policies and programs in place to help all persons with disabilities, some U.S. organizations focus on specific populations within that group.

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EMRIP Item 3: Enhanced Participation for Indigenous Peoples’ Representatives and Institutions at the UN

Ambassador Harper: The US is pleased at the widespread support during the UN consultations for a separate category of participation for indigenous institutions. We interpret “indigenous institutions” in UN documents to include indigenous governments.

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Item 3: Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) Review

The World Conference outcome document invites the Human Rights Council to review the mandates of its indigenous mechanisms to better achieve the ends of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We welcome the opportunity to do so.

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Ambassador Harper: General Statement at the Conclusion of the Human Rights Council

We congratulate the Council on the creation of an Independent Expert to address violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. We believe this mechanism is a key step forward to address this important human rights issue.

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Fact Sheet: Key U.S. Outcomes at the UN Human Rights Council 32nd Session

Although the United States is not a voting member of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) this year – taking a mandatory year off, while standing for re-election in the fall – it is sustaining robust engagement with the Council, working with countries from all regions to address urgent human rights situations and issues. At this session, focusing on women’s rights, U.S. leadership helped to keep the HRC at the forefront of global efforts to promote and protect human rights.

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Statements Presenting the Resolution on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association

Ambassador Harper: Unfortunately, these freedoms are under increasing threat across the globe.

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Item 10: General Debate on Technical Assistance & Cooperation

Ambassador Harper: The United States encourages governments facing human rights challenges to allow for the establishment of OHCHR country offices to help them address those challenges.

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Secretary Kerry: Statement on HRC Resolution on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Secretary Kerry: Statement on HRC Resolution on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

The United Nations Human Rights Council today adopted its third UN resolution on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons, creating an Independent Expert on violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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