Human Rights Council

U.S. Presents Resolution on Burundi at Human Rights Council Special Session

We are pleased that the resolution calls on the High Commissioner to urgently deploy a team of independent experts on a mission to Burundi to investigate alleged violations and abuses of human rights.

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Ambassador Harper: HRC Special Session on Burundi – Now is the Time to Stand Against Violence

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The United States is committed to the goal of restoring peace and stability in Burundi.

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US Deeply Alarmed at Spiraling Violence in Burundi, U.S. Supports HRC Special Session

We believe that a Human Rights Council Special Session is urgently needed to address the human rights crisis in Burundi, and ask for the support of all delegations for a resolution that sends a powerful signal to those committing human rights abuses and violations on all sides.

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Ambassador Harper: Migration Challenges – We Must Identify and Protect the Truly Vulnerable

“Improved migration and border management are key, but we need to ensure that efforts to shut down smuggling do not have the unintended consequence of shutting out those seeking asylum or protection against persecution or torture.”

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Remarks by Ambassador Keith Harper at the OHCHR Briefing on the Situation of Human Rights in Ukraine

The situation in eastern Ukraine and Russian-occupied Crimea remains dire. As the OHCHR report notes, Russia-backed separatists are committing widespread human rights abuses in the east.

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Statement by the U.S. Delegation to the HRC on the Venezuelan President’s Address

We regret that a head of state would use this Council for blatant domestic political purposes as it risks damaging the credibility of this body.

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Perspectives on Human Rights and “the Right to Development”

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As the development agenda seeks to become more sustainable and address poverty reduction, we have also begun to see a convergence of human rights and development.

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Key U.S. Outcomes at the UN Human Rights Council 30th Session

The outcomes of the 30th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva underscored the importance of robust U.S. engagement at the Council, where the United States continues to work with countries from all regions to address urgent human rights concerns.

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U.S. Joins Consensus on Human Rights in the Administration of Justice

We also welcome the adoption of the revised United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, or “the Mandela Rules,” and appreciate this resolution’s emphasis on those non-binding rules.

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Statement on Co-Sponsorship of Equal Participation in Political and Public Affairs

This important and timely resolution calls attention to the growing number of ways in which citizens participate in political and public affairs and it reminds states to eliminate barriers, in law and in practice, to full and effective participation.

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