All articles from: March, 2008

Statement on Behalf of Group B to Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO

Thank you Mr. Chairman.

First, on behalf of Group B, let me express our great admiration and warmly congratulate you, Mr Chairman, for your stewardship in creating the proper conditions and positive atmosphere for convening this extraordinary session of the General Assembly. I personally and on behalf of Group B would like to say publicly that you, Mr. Ambassador, have been a model and an exemplar of integrity, dignity and probity of sound judgement in bringing together all of the genuine, heartfelt positions of various groups so that a productive way forward can be achieved and which is at hand today, and we thank you for that, sir. We are confident that you will continue to ably and justly guide our discussions as we move towards adoption of WIPO’s Program and Budget for 2008/2009 later today.

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Statement by Ambassador Tichenor to Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO

First, on behalf of the United States, let me express our satisfaction with the agreement we have reached today, and reiterate my personal thanks and admiration for your stewardship in guiding this extraordinary session of the General Assembly to a consensus-based outcome.

I also extend my thanks to my fellow representatives to WIPO for the constructive spirit displayed during this meeting. I also thank the staff of the International Bureau, and especially the interpreters, for their role in the successful outcome of this meeting.

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Statement on Intercultural Dialogue to the Human Rights Council 7th Session

Thank you, Mr. President.

And thank you to the panelists for their contributions for bringing this timely subject to the Council’s attention.

The United States welcomes the opportunity to participate in this dialogue on human rights. We welcome this opportunity because lack of understanding and suspicion often separate us, and cloud from our view the essential truth that our common humanity unites us all.

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U.S. Statement on Burma Special Rapporteur’s Report at Human Rights Council

My government appreciates the most recent report of the Special Rapporteur for Burma and expresses our serious concern for the ongoing human rights situation there.

The Special Rapporteur was permitted to visit Burma in November 2007, albeit under constrained circumstances. Unfortunately, the regime refuses to permit the follow-up visit that this Council directed through its resolution in December. Nor has the regime responded to Prof. Pinheiro’s correspondence regarding alleged detentions, killings, and forced disappearances. As the Special Rapporteur has indicated in his most recent report dated March 7, 2008, the Than Shwe regime continues to arrest pro-democracy activists and others who advocate for greater freedom and respect for human rights.

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U.S. Statement on DPRK and Myanmar at the Human Rights Council 7th Session

My government appreciates the most recent report of the Special Rapporteur for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, as well as that for Burma. We regret that these rapporteurs have faced significant lack of cooperation from the governments of these countries in carrying out their mandates. While it is important to be able to visit countries of concern and to speak both with government officials and with civil society on the ground about human rights issues, the reports under discussion in today’s interactive dialogue demonstrate that valuable information can be brought to light through other credible sources as well.

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U.S. Statement on High Commissioner's Report to the Human Rights Council

I would like to thank you, Madame High Commissioner, for the dedication and energy with which you have carried out your responsibilities as High Commissioner for Human Rights these last four years.

Although probably no country, including the United States, has agreed with all of your views on each and every issue during your tenure as High Commissioner, we have always respected you for your integrity and your independence. Such characteristics are crucial to the ability of anyone in such a demanding position to promote and protect human rights — in the face of fierce scrutiny and sometimes of staunch opposition from UN Member States — and we hope the Secretary General will select someone who possesses the same essential qualities to fill the role after your departure.

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U.S. Statement on Item 7 at 7th Session of the Human Rights Council

President Bush and Secretary Rice have pledged the unwavering commitment of the United States Government to work with Israel and the Palestinians to reach their goal of a peace agreement in 2008 to realize the vision of two democratic states living side by side in peace.

The United States recognizes Israel’s need to defend itself. At the same time, the United States is concerned about the recent violence and regrets any and all loss of any innocent life in both Israel and Gaza alike as a result of the escalation of violence.

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Statement by Ambassador Tichenor at the Human Rights Council 7th Session

Thank you, Mr. President.

Over the next weeks and years, this Council will face the opportunity – indeed, the imperative – to focus on both the important thematic issues of our time and the countries or regions of the world where human rights most urgently need our attention. My government has long supported the use of cooperation and technical assistance as a means to build a country’s capacity to address human rights concerns.

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