Universal Periodic Review

U.S. Statement at the Adoption of the UPR Working Group Report for Israel

We are concerned that some states issued recommendations to Israel that clearly fall outside the scope and mandate of this Council and the UPR review process and should only be addressed by the Israeli and Palestinian parties jointly as part of a process of direct bilateral negotiations.

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NGO Participation is Essential to the UPR Process

The U.S. urges all states to take every possible measure to protect the active engagement of civil society actors in each phase of the UPR process.

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U.S. Statement on Adoption of the UPR WG Report on China

We are concerned that China refuses to cooperate with – and in some cases, impedes – civil society in the UPR process. We note with profound sadness the recent death of Cao Shunli, a civil society leader who sought to engage the Chinese government on these issues and was detained for her efforts.

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U.S. Intervention at the Adoption of the UPR WG Report for Nigeria

US disappointed that Nigeria rejected recommendations from the U.S. and others to establish policies that protect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all Nigerians, including LGBT persons, their families and associates.

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Statement on the Death of Chinese Activist Cao Shunli

Death of Chinese Activist Cao Shunli Press Statement Jen Psaki Department Spokesperson Washington, DC March 15, 2014 The United States is deeply disturbed by reports that rights activist Cao Shunli has passed away at a hospital in Beijing. We offer our condolences to her family. Chinese authorities detained Cao Shunli in Beijing on September 14 […]

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U.S. Calls on Vietnam to Unconditionally Release All Political Prisoners

Vietnam still harasses and detains those who exercise universal rights and freedoms, such as freedoms of expression and association. Vietnam also restricts religious freedom, and harassment of unregistered churches continues.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Dominican Republic

U.S. notes our deep concern about the impact of the recent Constitutional Tribunal ruling and the published regularization plan on the citizenship status of persons in the Dominican Republic. We urge the government to consult with international partners and civil society to address these concerns.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Cyprus

U.S. is concerned that Cyprus still lacks a formal mechanism for identifying and referring victims of trafficking to appropriate services, which impairs the government’s ability to inform victims of their rights or protect them during and after criminal proceedings.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Eritrea

The citizens of Eritrea deserve a government elected in a free, fair and transparent manner, one which respects human rights, including freedom of opinion.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Slovakia

U.S. notes with concern recent extremist activities targeting Roma with violence and threats of violence as well as ongoing societal discrimination against Roma persons, including with respect to employment and occupation.

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