Special Sessions of the HRC

U.S. Explanation of Vote on the HRC Resolution on the situation in Gaza

The United States is deeply troubled by the resolution presented for adoption today. We will vote against it.

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U.S. Statement at the HRC Special Session on Gaza

The United States remains gravely concerned over the recent violence that has impacted Palestinian and Israeli civilians. We and others are working intensively to secure an immediate cessation of hostilities based on a return to the November 2012 cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas.

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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

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“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

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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

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“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

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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

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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

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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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