Statement by President Obama on UN International Day in Support of Torture Victims

Twenty-five years ago, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention Against Torture, and twenty-two years ago this very day, the Convention entered into force. The United States' leading role in the negotiation of the Convention and its subsequent ratification and implementation enjoyed strong bipartisan support. Today, we join the international community in reaffirming unequivocally ...
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WTO Trade Policy Review of Morocco – U.S. Statement

The United States welcomes the participation of the delegation of Morocco, headed by Minister Maazouz, and including Ambassador Hilale, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Morocco in Geneva, in the government's fourth Trade Policy Review. We value the work produced by the WTO Secretariat and the government of Morocco. Each of the reports has helped ...
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U.S. Joins UN Human Rights Council

First, Mr. President and other officers of the bureau, please accept the congratulations of the United States on your election. We look forward to working closely with you. We would also take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation to Ambassador Martin Umohoibhi for the leadership he so consistently demonstrated during his tenure and the ...
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Explanations of Position on Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children and Human Rights in Sudan

We would like to comment on two resolutions. With respect to resolution L.13 on the Guidelines for Alternative Care of Children, the United States strongly believes in creating healthy, supportive, and safe environments in which children can thrive and grow, particularly those children who lack parental care. We welcome the spirit embodied in the Guidelines ...
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Item 9: Response to the Report of Special Rapporteur Doudou Diene

The United States is pleased to respond to the report of Special Rapporteur Doudou Diene's mission to the United States of America last year. My government welcomed the Special Rapporteur's visit and appreciated the opportunity for constructive dialogue. We arranged numerous meetings with various federal government agencies involved in enforcing the nation's civil rights laws ...
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Item 9: Racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance

The United States is committed to pursuing the elimination of racial discrimination at home and abroad. The United States has struggled to overcome the legacies of racism, intolerance and the effects of past discriminatory policies and persistent racist beliefs. Today we are a multi-racial and multi-ethnic democracy in which individuals have the right to be ...
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Human Rights Council 11th Session – Agenda Item 8, General Statement

The Vienna Declaration and Program of Action reaffirm the universality of human rights and fundamental freedoms - confirming that the protection of the individual remains paramount. Among the most prominent accomplishments of the Declaration is the support it offers to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights - support the United States strongly ...
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HIGH LEVEL PANEL ON HUMAN RIGHTS, SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY

The United States is pleased to co-sponsor this important discussion on sexual orientation and gender identity and to have the opportunity to highlight our support for the UN General Assembly Statement on "Human Rights, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity." We are committed to the principle of human dignity enshrined in that Statement and in the ...
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Item 6 Consideration of UPR Reports – Report of the UPR Working Group on Canada

The United States appreciates Canada's efforts to settle Aboriginal land claims, with a view toward accelerating the process. The United States also welcomes the attention to recommendations that Canada review the effectiveness of anti-trafficking laws and coordinate law enforcement efforts among national, provincial, and state authorities. We would welcome any further information available on such ...
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Item 6 Consideration of UPR Reports – Report of the UPR Working Group on Senegal

The United States appreciates the comprehensive approach that Senegal took in the preparation of its national report, and its willingness to consider and implement a number of the recommendations made during the Working Group Interactive Dialogue. The United States appreciates Senegal's commitment to further strengthen its efforts to eliminate economic exploitation of children, including by ...
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Item 6 Consideration of UPR Reports – Report of the UPR Working Group on Mexico

The United States appreciates Mexico's frank appraisal of the challenges facing the government to overcome poverty, social discrimination, gender inequality, corruption, impunity and extreme violence. The United States also acknowledges with appreciation Mexico's efforts, in spite of these challenges, to advance the promotion and protection of human rights. We support recommendations in the Working Group ...
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Item 6 Consideration of UPR Reports – Report of the UPR Working Group on Mauritius

UN Human Rights Council 11th Session Statement by the Delegation of the United States June 11, 2009 Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you to the Mauritian delegation and H.E. Ambassador Servansing. The United States would like to recognize the commitment of the Government of Mauritius to promoting human rights, as evident in its efforts to ...
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Item 6 Consideration of UPR Reports – Report of the UPR Working Group on Azerbaijan

The United States applauds Azerbaijan's establishment of national action plans to protect human rights and to combat trafficking. We encourage the government to ensure their effective implementation. We support a number of the recommendations made by delegations in the Working Group report regarding the importance of Azerbaijan's full respect for freedom of expression and the ...
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Item 6 Consideration of UPR Reports – Report of the UPR Working Group on Nigeria

The United States thanks Nigeria for its participation in the UPR process and welcomes Nigeria's efforts to strengthen governmental protections for human rights through adoption of its National Action Plan on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights. The United State joins other delegations in noting that torture and abuse of detainees by security forces, ...
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Panel Discussion – In Pursuit of the Dream: Race and Tolerance in the United States in the 21st Century

The U.S. sponsored a Panel discussion June 5 on the sidelines of the 11th Session of the Human Rights Council. The Panel entitled “In Pursuit of the Dream: Race and Tolerance in the United States in the 21t Century, was moderated by the President of the Human Rights Council Ambassador Uhomoibhi of Nigeria. The U.S. ...
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Interactive Dialogue on the Effects of Foreign Debt and Extreme Poverty – Item 3

The United States takes note of the reports of the independent expert on the effects of foreign debt and other international financial obligations on human rights and development as well as the report on extreme poverty and human rights. We appreciate the opportunity to comment on both. The United States has long recognized the potentially ...
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Report by the High Commissioner for Human Rights and OHCHR Reports on Extreme Poverty and Armed Conflict

June 5, 2009 We thank the High Commissioner for her report and presentation on situations throughout the globe and her reports on human rights and armed conflict and extreme poverty. This week and this month in particular, the United States recalls the courage of those who stand to defend and promote human rights and fundamental ...
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Election of Professor Dinah Shelton to the IACHR

The United States is pleased to note the election of Professor Dinah Shelton to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Professor Shelton, a skilled legal scholar, joins the seven-member commission dedicated to reviewing cases on human rights within the framework of the inter-American system's legal instruments. Her three-year term begins in January 2010. Professor ...
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START Treaty Talks in Geneva – Daily Briefing Excerpt

From the State Department Daily Briefing, June 3, 2009 QUESTION: Yes, may I ask you about START negotiations with Russia? Yesterday — MR. CROWLEY: You may ask. (Laughter.) QUESTION: Yesterday, Russian president’s spokeswoman said that the agreement on START is achievable by – at least the framework agreement is achievable by the time President Obama ...
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Item 3: Report of the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions

We appreciate this opportunity to respond to Professor Alston's presentation on the United States. During the Special Rapporteur's country visit to the United States from June 16-30 of 2008, my government was pleased to offer access to senior officials from many different U.S. government agencies, including the Departments of State, Justice, Defense, and Homeland Security, ...
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Item 3: “Business and human rights: Towards Operationalizing the “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework”

The United States wishes to thank the Special Rapporteurs and the Special Representative for their reports. The United States greatly values the opportunity provided by the interactive dialogues to explore important human rights issues in greater depth, and regrets that time allows for only limited consideration of these three important issues. We will focus our ...
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