Universal Periodic Review

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

We commend Singapore for its efforts to promote social inclusion of members of ethnic and religious groups‎; however we are concerned about respect for individuals’ civil and political rights in Singapore, including those of LGBTI persons.

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Sierra Leone

We commend Sierra Leone’s continued progress, in light of the serious obstacles placed on the country due to the Ebola crisis, on increasing protections for migrant laborers and fostering accountability for police through the establishment of the Independent Police Complaints Board.

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

The United States commends Latvia for continuing to promote a tolerant and integrated society. We applaud the efforts the Latvian government has made toward restituting Jewish communal properties, and encourage further progress on achieving a comprehensive solution to meet the commitments made in the Terezin Declaration.

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

We note the recent presidential election, which led to an historic runoff, and welcomed the participation of both international and local election observers.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of the Solomon Islands, 24th Session

We commend the Solomon Islands for its commitment to democracy, as demonstrated by its free and fair national elections in 2014, and for taking steps to respect its international human rights obligations.

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

Somalia has made significant political progress since its previous UPR in 2011. The formation of the federal government in 2012 laid the foundation for building an inclusive federal system. This progress must continue.

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

We commend Palau for the steps taken to deter acts of domestic violence and protect survivors, including passing the Palau Family Protection Act in 2012, conducting public education efforts to combat abuse against children and women, extending the minimum wage to foreign workers, and allowing potential trafficking victims to break abusive contracts while pursuing legal claims against former employers.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Belgium

The United States notes Belgium’s efforts to combat discrimination, including discrimination in the housing market, but is concerned with continued specific instances of discrimination against members of minority groups.

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

We commend Paraguay’s efforts to strengthen the UPR process by implementing a national database system for recommendations, training government officials on the UPR, and engaging with civil society.

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

We congratulate Estonia for submitting its National Report and for its demonstrated commitment to the UPR process.

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