Universal Periodic Review

U.S. Statement at the UPR of Thailand

We are also pleased the Royal Thai Government has agreed to return civilian trials to civilian courts, and we encourage the Government to expand this order to include the nearly 500 civilian cases currently pending in military courts.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Tanzania

While we note that the Government formally accepted our recommendation to respect and guarantee the universal right of its citizens in Zanzibar to elect their government through genuinely free and fair elections, we are deeply concerned that respect for human rights and the protection of democracy for all citizens is declining in Tanzania.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Tajikistan

We call upon the Tajik Government to repeal legislation facilitating the blockage of Internet content and telecommunications more generally. Under this law, the State Committee for National Security has the authority to interrupt Internet and other telecommunication services during so-called “security operations.”

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Swaziland

Although we are pleased with the Kingdom of Swaziland’s support for these recommendations, we remain deeply concerned that the latest set of reforms of the Suppression of Terrorism Act and Public Order Act continue to suppress individuals’ exercise of their freedom of association and right of peaceful assembly.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Hungary

Hungary is yet to expand access to public information and improve transparency and accountability. We urge the Government to work with the Open Government Partnership and civil society on reforms to increase the public’s freedom to seek, receive, and impart information. This is key to shining light on corruption and promoting openness and integrity.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Sudan

We welcome the Government’s decision to accept the recommendation to create an environment that supports inclusive dialogue, instituting legal reforms to promote respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Ireland

The United States commends Ireland for its leadership in co-facilitating the September United Nations high-level event on refugees and migration, and for working to include language on the importance of protecting and promoting human rights in the outcome document of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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U.S. Recommendations at the Universal Periodic Review of Thailand

The United States is troubled by the restrictions on the exercise of fundamental freedoms, including freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, since the May 2014 coup.

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Trinidad and Tobago

The United States commends Trinidad and Tobago for its commitment to human rights and its efforts to assist those with disabilities and provide greater safeguards for those with HIV/AIDS

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Swaziland

The United States is deeply concerned by the continued suppression of individuals’ exercise of their freedoms of association and peaceful assembly, and looks forward to progress on reforms of the Suppression of Terrorism Act and Public Order Act.

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