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 […]
- On OSCE Engagement with Ukraine April 22, 2014Today, we are grateful for this Organization and applaud its efforts to support the people of Ukraine and assist a country in transition as it seeks to enhance security, stability, democracy, and prosperity. The OSCE has served as a forum for dialogue and a platform for action. We have together deployed a Special Monitoring Mission—which […]
- Fact Sheet: U.S. Crisis Support Package for Ukraine April 21, 2014President Obama and Vice President Biden have made U.S. support for Ukraine an urgent priority as the Ukrainian government works to establish security and stability, pursue democratic elections and constitutional reform, revive its economy, and ensure government institutions are transparent and accountable to the Ukrainian people. Ukraine embarks on this re […]
- Secretary Kerry Op-Ed: Working with the Vatican Against Modern Slavery April 20, 2014Last month, I traveled to Rome with President Obama, where I was honored to meet His Holiness Pope Francis. As an altar boy six decades ago, I never imagined that I would find myself crossing the threshold of the Vatican to see the Bishop of Rome. My wife, Teresa, and I took our own pilgrimage […]