Special Sessions of the HRC

U.S. Deeply Concerned by Widespread Violations and Abuses of Human Rights in the CAR

Peter Mulrean, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., U.S. Mission, Delivers statement at Special Session on the CAR

The U.S. looks forward to the prompt establishment of the COI, which will play a critical role in ensuring that those responsible for serious violations and abuses will be held accountable.

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Ambassador Donahoe Media Stakeout Before Urgent Debate on Syria

Ambassador Donahoe

“The Assad regime and its supporters who commit crimes against the Syrian people should know that the world is watching.”

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U.S. Statement at UN Rights Council Urgent Debate on Syria

Ambassador Donahoe

The U.S. stands with the Syrian people and members of the international community in calling for an immediate end to the Assad regime’s ongoing and egregious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law.

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Remarks by Ambassador Donahoe at the Special Session on Syria Stakeout

Ambassador Donahoe at the UN

“The Assad regime is engaged in a war on its own people. It is the duty and responsibility of this Council to speak out and do what it can to defend the humanity and basic civil rights of the Syrian people.”

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US Condemns Assad Regime’s Assault on Syrian People, calls for immediate access for Commission of Inquiry


The United States joins with many other nations gathered here today to again demand an end to the Assad regime’s outrageous and ongoing crimes against innocent men, women and children. The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the heinous crimes committed in Houla last weekend.

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UN Human Rights Council Responds to the Arab Awakening


The Human Rights Council is not and will never be a perfect institution, but the Arab Awakening provided it an opportunity to grow and to have a real impact. Going forward, our job is to ensure the Council continues to improve, and to live up to its responsibility to support the aspirations for freedom and dignity of people throughout the world.

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Secretary Clinton congratulates HRC for Mandating Human Rights Investigation in Syria

The Commission of Inquiry will investigate all violations of international human rights law by Syrian Authorities and help the international community address the serious human rights abuses in Syria and ensure that those responsible are held to account.

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Ambassador Donahoe Says HRC Vote Shows Growing Consensus that Assad has Lost Legitimacy to Govern

Vote Count at the HRC

There is a very strong and growing consensus in the international community that Assad has lost legitimacy to govern and must step down. The outcome manifests the extent to which he is now isolated.

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Ambassador Donahoe: The Syrian People Cannot Wait

Ambassador Donahoe at the HRC Special Session on Syria

Our message to the Syrian Government is clear: We will not turn a blind eye as you deliberately and ruthlessly imprison, torture, and kill your own citizens.

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Ambassador Donahoe Speaks out on Syria Ahead of Special Session of HRC

Ambassador Donahoe speaks to the media outside the HRC on the situation in Syria (U.S. Mission photo, Eric Bridiers)

Everyone knows that the human rights crisis has deteriorated significantly in the last few weeks. The High Commissioner for Human Rights has come out and indicated that there are credible allegations of systematic and widespread human rights violations that may amount to crimes against humanity.

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