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Item 6 Consideration of UPR Reports – Adoption of the Report of the UPR Working Group on Yemen
September 24, 2009

UN Human Rights Council 12th Session
Statement by the Delegation of the United States

Geneva, September 24, 2009

As prepared (not delivered in plenary)

Thank you, Mr. President,

The United States welcomes the Government of Yemen’s efforts to address discrimination and violence against women.

However, the United States notes the concern documented in the Working Group report by a number of delegations about attacks and threats against journalists, and the negative impact this has on freedom of expression in Yemen. The United States appreciates Yemen’s expressed commitment to take necessary measures to ensure full enjoyment of press freedom.

Finally, the United States supports the recommendations in the Working Group report with respect to religious minorities, and the need for full protection of their rights under the law and in practice.

Thank you, Mr. President.