All articles from: March, 2007

U.S. Statement on Special Rapporteurs Human Rights Reports

Thank you, Mr. President. In his report, Professor Alston discusses the important legal issue of the relationship between human rights law and international humanitarian law. Unfortunately, however, he tends to misrepresent the United States position in a number of respects. For example, we do not believe that human rights law ceases to apply entirely in times of armed conflict or that every counterterrorism action is governed by international humanitarian law.

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Ambassador Tichenor Statement on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations Report

Thank you, Mr. President. The United States would like to thank Professor Ruggie for his report, which seeks to track emerging issues, ideas, proposals and trends throughout the world on this broad topic.

The United States remains committed to promoting voluntary corporate social responsibility initiatives in a variety of sectors throughout the world. We believe that these voluntary initiatives are a positive complement to rule of law and can also help foster human dignity and improved working conditions, environmental safeguards, and good governance.

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Statement by Ambassador Tichenor on Burundi Human Rights Report

The United States welcomes the report by Mr. Okola on human rights developments in Burundi. This report notes many of the challenges facing the people of Burundi during a critical period of transition. The United States commends the government of Burundi for its cooperation with the Independent Expert, and we pledge our continued support to Burundi in its effort to establish a stable and peaceful environment for its citizens.

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Statement by Ambassador Tichenor on Report of Human Rights in Burma

The United States recognizes the extraordinary work of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Burma/Myanmar, and would congratulate Mr. Pinheiro for his efforts in view of Burma’s refusal to cooperate. As we receive his report, Burma remains one of the most repressive countries in the world, and the situation is deteriorating.

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Ambassador Tichenor Statement to Human Rights Council on the Palestinian Territories Report

Thank you, Mr. President.

We thank the Special Rapporteur for his work. The United States shares the international community’s concerns regarding the hardships faced by Palestinians. We disagree strongly, however, with the assertion that the Quartet, an organization whose membership includes the United Nations, is party to human rights abuses against the Palestinian people. The goal of the Roadmap, to which the international community has agreed, is creation of a future Palestinian state through peaceful negotiations and renunciation of terrorism.

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U.S. Statement: Inter-Active Dialogue with High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour

Thank you, Mr. President.

The United States welcomes this opportunity to engage with High Commissioner Arbour on the important work undertaken by her office.

Thank you for your report Madame High Commissioner, the United States salutes and supports the vital work you and your staff perform in the field, often times at risk to their well-being in places like Darfur.

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