Universal Periodic Review

Addendum of the United States of America to the Report of the Working Group on its Universal Periodic Review

The U. S. government has carefully reviewed the 343 recommendations received during its Universal Periodic Review. This response reflects our continuing efforts, in consultation with civil society, to promote, protect, and respect human rights for all.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Libya

We acknowledge the immense difficulties you face in protecting human rights. The deepening security and political crisis and the disintegration of rule of law have paralyzed efforts to promote and protect human rights in Libya.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Jamaica

We commend Jamaica’s commitment to the UPR process demonstrated by its progress on recommendations accepted in the first round as well as its overall commitment to democracy.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Croatia

We commend Croatia’s commitment to the promotion of human rights. With Croatia’s accession to the EU, we hope that Croatia will continue to serve as a model showing that ensuring respect for human rights is key to democratic development and long term economic growth.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of the Marshall Islands

We acknowledge the Republic of the Marshall Islands’ continued commitment to human rights and to strengthening laws protecting human rights.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Honduras

We congratulate Honduras for its efforts toward its own goal of opening an OHCHR office, and for its historic accord with Transparency International, which outlines cooperation on combating corruption, promoting transparency, and developing public integrity. We also commend Honduras for passing a law to protect human rights defenders.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Andorra

We commend Andorra’s exemplary human rights record and longstanding commitment to democracy and the promotion and protection of human rights.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Bulgaria

We commend the Government of Bulgaria’s efforts to improve its democratic elections and its general respect for freedom of assembly, including for the purpose of protest, since its last review.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Panama

We welcome Panama’s commitment to ratify various human rights agreements and to promote equal opportunities for women and their organizations.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Maldives

We are concerned that recent developments, in which fair trial guarantees have not been upheld, call into question the independence and impartiality of the judiciary. We are particularly concerned by the use of politically-motivated prosecutions against critics of the courts and the government. The supreme court’s proceedings against the domestic Human Rights Commission are also worrisome.

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