Human Rights Council 13th Session, Geneva
Statement by the United States of America
March 17, 2010
The United States favorably notes the establishment by the Government of Cyprus of the Directory of Professional Standards, which we believe is an important step for the training of police on issues concerning human rights, racism, and diversity (33, 6). We encourage Cyprus to ensure application of these professional standards as a mechanism for promoting accountability among security forces. Also, we believe the increased usage of the Independent Authority for the Investigation of Allegations against the Police is a positive step in combating police abuses (76, 14). We encourage communication with the public and dissemination of information about these mechanisms to promote professionalism in the security forces (31, 17).
We also welcome the steps Cyprus has taken in tackling issues of gender inequality and domestic violence. We applaud the establishment of the Women’s Multicultural Centre to raise finances for community initiatives and the increased financial and administrative support of the National Machinery for Women’s Rights (20, 5; 18, 4). We look forward to further dialogue on the issue of domestic violence and curbing its reported increase (78, 18).
We would appreciate your continued attention on the recommendations concerning discrimination, particularly against Turkish Cypriots living in government-controlled areas, Roma, and other ethnic minorities, as well as violence and intolerance directed at lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals. (67,12).
Thank you, Mr. President.