Human Rights Council, Item 10, General Debate

The United Nations’ mission to promote full respect for all human rights is not solely one of advocacy and reporting – though these are critical. To truly achieve our shared goal, the United Nations must also work to assist governments to identify areas of concern and assist in the design and implementation of human rights ...
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Item 7: General Debate – Human Rights Council

The United States shares the international community’s concern about the humanitarian and human rights situation in Gaza and in Israel. It is important to keep both the humanitarian concerns of the Palestinian people and the security of Israeli citizens in mind when considering this complex situation. Both sides bear a responsibility to, at a minimum, ...
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Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories

The United States has, on many occasions, urged this Council to maintain a balanced, objective, and constructive focus on the situation in Israel and in the Palestinian Territories. While we fully understand the mandate that Special Rapporteur Falk inherited, we remain concerned about the one-sided focus of the report and caution against premature legal conclusions. ...
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Item 5: Human Rights Council Advisory Committee

We consider this session a critical opportunity for States to give feedback to the Committee on its early work. Decision 5/1 mandated the Committee to “provide expertise to the Council in the manner and form requested by the Council.” It stipulated that such expertise was to be rendered “only upon the latter’s request, in compliance ...
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Statement by the U.S. on the Israeli UPR Process – Item 6

We consider efforts to treat one country – any country – differently from all the others unacceptable and we appreciate the work of the Secretariat and the Council President to keep the Council on the right path. The founding principles of this Council are clear: universality, impartiality, objectivity and non-selectivity. These principles are not intended ...
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Statement of U.S. Trade Representative Kirk and EU Trade Commissioner Ashton

The European Union and the United States are partners in the world’s largest trade relationship. Every day, nearly $2.7 billion in manufactured goods, agricultural products and services originating on one side of the Atlantic are delivered on the other side. U.S. and European companies have invested more than $1 trillion in each other’s economies, supporting ...
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Report of the UPR Working Group on Turkmenistan

The United States welcomes Turkmenistan’s new constitution, which provides that judges are no longer subject to the direct control of the president, that the judiciary must uphold civil and political rights and freedoms, and that citizens have the right of petition. However, the judicial system, in practice, still lacks procedures to ensure fair trials, such ...
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Report of the UPR Working Group on Burkina Faso

The United States notes that Burkina Faso has arrested and sentenced several female genital mutilation practitioners and accomplices; we welcome the Government’s commitment to fully eradicate female genital mutilation and share best practices with other countries. The United States also sees the Government’s new anti-trafficking law as a positive development.
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Report of the UPR Working Group on Serbia

The United States expresses continuing concern over the discrimination against minorities in education, employment, housing, and health, and we appreciate Serbia’s commitment to continue current positive steps to promote equality and non-discrimination. Corruption remains a serious problem in Serbia. We recognize the Serbian government’s efforts to bring to justice several judges and prosecutors charged with ...
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Report of the UPR Working Group on Botswana

The United States commends the Government of Botswana for its commitment to democratic principles and appreciates Botswana’s leadership in promoting similar progress in the Southern African Development Community region and the continent as a whole. The United States recognizes Botswana’s investment in improving health care for its citizens and its progress toward improving access to ...
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Situation of Human Rights in Burma

The United States commends the persistent efforts of Special Rapporteur Ojea Quintana to meet with the Burmese government and opposition leaders on his visits to the country. We remain deeply concerned about the incarceration of over 2,000 prisoners of conscience in Burma. We note that the Special Rapporteur was able to visit some prisons, including ...
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Situation of Human Rights in the DPRK

We support the Special Rapporteur’s calls for an end to the punishment of those who seek asylum abroad, an end to public executions, an end to violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms, cooperation on resolving the cases of abducted foreigners, and cooperation with the Special Rapporteur’s mandate. The United States is deeply troubled by ...
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Report of the Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide

Last year the Genocide Convention turned sixty. This six-decade milestone is cause for both celebration and reflection. We, as the international community, must reaffirm and strengthen our commitment to ending genocide, while also admitting soberly that our collective efforts continue to fall short. A crime that breathes such a heavy toll on all of humanity ...
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Human Rights Defenders, Religious Freedom, and Minorities

The report of the Special Rapporteur for Human Rights Defenders reminds us that the Council has the opportunity to strengthen its support for courageous individuals and organizations around the world who stand up for human rights and fundamental freedoms. We support the Special Rapporteur’s efforts to work with regional mandate holders and human rights bodies, ...
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Special Rapporteurs on Torture and on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism

As members of the Council are aware, on January 22, 2009, during his second day in office, President Obama issued three Executive Orders, entitled "Review and Disposition of Individuals Detained at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and Closure of Detention Facilities"; "Ensuring Lawful Interrogations"; and "Review of Detention Policy Options.” These Orders address many of ...
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Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The United States is pleased to participate in this important dialogue on enhancing awareness and understanding of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and thanks the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for preparing this thoughtful thematic study. President Obama encapsulated the starting point for U.S. policy on the human ...
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