The U.S. successfully led two resolutions at this session: one on freedom of opinion and expression and another focusing on accountability for human rights abuses and violations in Sri Lanka.
The resolution highlights this Council’s growing concern over persistent sexual and gender-based violence; enforced disappearances; extrajudicial killings; torture; violations of the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly; threats to judicial independence and the rule of law; as well as intimidation of and reprisals against human rights defenders, members of civil society, lawyers and journalists.
We stand with the people of Ukraine at this moment of crisis. We strongly support the new Ukrainian government. That government was overwhelmingly approved by the democratically elected parliament, representing all regions of the country, and supported by all major political parties in Ukraine.
The United States remains deeply concerned about deplorable human rights situations, especially in, but not limited to: Syria, the DPRK, and Iran.
The United States is deeply concerned about the Syrian government’s violent offensive on the Old City of Homs and […]
The Geneva meeting on the situation in Ukraine agreed on initial concrete steps to de-escalate tensions and restore security for all citizens.
UN Report: Misinformation, propaganda and incitement to hatred in Ukraine need to be urgently countered
Misinformation, propaganda and incitement to hatred need to be urgently countered in Ukraine to avoid the further escalation of tension […]
The leaders underscored that Russia will face significant additional costs if it continues this behavior.
The U.S. successfully led two resolutions at this session: one on freedom of opinion and expression and another focusing […]
U.S. deeply committed to protecting the rights of children and to preventing violence against children
We look forward to continuing to work with other nations and international partners to ensure justice systems are child-sensitive […]
National security is too often interpreted overly broadly and is used as a pretext to restrict protests which are […]
Actions which help move the parties toward peace remain the surest way to protect the human rights of Palestinians […]
President Obama underscored to President Putin that the U.S. continues to support a diplomatic path in close consultation with […]
- North Korea’s Systematic, Widespread and Gross Human Rights Violations Demand International Action April 18, 2014Today, members of the UN Security Council met to discuss the findings of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea and to hear compelling personal testimony from survivors Shin Dong-hyuk and Hyeon Seo-lee. While the members of the Security Council have spent countless hours considering the threat North Korea’s nuclear program […]
- Geneva Statement on Ukraine April 17, 2014The following Joint Statement was released by the United States, the European Union, Ukraine, and Russia. Begin Text: The Geneva meeting on the situation in Ukraine agreed on initial concrete steps to de-escalate tensions and restore security for all citizens. All sides must refrain from any violence, intimidation or provocative actions. The participants str […]
- Secretary Kerry Remarks with EU High Representative Catherine Ashton after Their Meeting April 17, 2014SECRETARY KERRY: Well, good afternoon, everybody. Or good evening, actually, I guess. I’m very, very grateful to be joined here today by the High Representative Cathy Ashton, my friend and colleague, and a terrific partner in this and in other efforts. And I thank her for her leadership throughout this particular initiative. Diplomacy requires willing […]