Universal Periodic Review

U.S. Statement at the UPR of Eritrea

We encourage Eritrea to take steps to improve its respect for the rights to the freedoms of expression, assembly, association, and religion.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

We welcome Afghanistan’s acceptance of recommendations to investigate allegations of human rights violations by members of the Afghan National Security Forces, as well as recommendations to allow the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission to safely operate and carry out its mandate in an effective manner.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Qatar

We are concerned about the imprisonment of individuals simply for exercising their freedom of expression, as well as by media restrictions and censorship.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Nicaragua

We are concerned about allegations of institutionalized party favoritism, failures to enforce labor laws, and undue restrictions on access to public information.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Ethiopia

We are deeply concerned that the Charities and Societies Proclamation has severely restricted many local organizations’ ability to conduct important democracy, governance, and human rights work.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Equatorial Guinea

We welcome the February 2014 release of Agustín Esono Nsogo, but remain concerned about the numerous reports of arbitrary detention and politically-motivated violence perpetrated by the military and law enforcement personnel, including the alleged use of torture, excessive force, and extrajudicial killings.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Costa Rica

We are concerned, however, that serious problems persist, including the exploitation of children in agriculture and in commercial sex industries.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Brunei Darussalam

The United States would like to see progress on bringing Brunei’s laws and practices regarding freedom of opinion and expression in line with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Dominica

While Dominica has several programs in place to encourage children to remain in school, we are concerned that critical gaps exist in the legal framework to keep children away from the worst forms of child labor.

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US Urges North Korea to immediately dismantle political prison camps, implement COI recommendations

We remain deeply concerned by what the Commission of Inquiry termed the ongoing “systematic, widespread, and gross human rights violations” committed by government officials and institutions, which the COI concluded may in some cases amount to crimes against humanity.

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