Joint Statement on Combating Intolerance, Discrimination and Violence

Joint Statement from the Ministerial Session on Implementation of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18 calls upon all relevant stakeholders throughout the world to take seriously the call for action set forth in Resolution 16/18, which contributes to strengthening the foundations of tolerance and respect for religious diversity as well as enhancing the promotion and ...
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US Welcomes Study on the Participation of Indigenous Peoples in Decision Making

We appreciate in particular the focus on good practices of indigenous peoples’ participation in different levels of decision-making. The examples highlighted in the report give us much to think about as we work to improve the participation of Native Americans in decisions that affect both them and the overall well-being of the United States.
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Assistant Secretary Posner Testifies at Congressional Hearing on Syria

The Government of Syria continues to carry out a pattern of gross human rights violations despite promises to stop. As Secretary Clinton said yesterday, from the U.S. perspective, President Assad “has lost legitimacy.” She said: “President Assad is not indispensible, and we have absolutely nothing invested in him remaining in power. Our goal is to ...
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U.S. Named Finalist for Environmental Award

This year a jury will choose three policies that they believe best contribute to the conservation and sustainable development of forests. Twenty policies from sixteen countries were nominated and the United States joins five other countries on the list of finalists: Bhutan, The Gambia, Nepal, Rwanda, and Switzerland.
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U.S. Urges UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to Condemn Falk’s “Hateful Speech”

Special Rapporteurs are supposed to be impartial, objective, and demonstrate personal integrity. Mr. Falk’s behavior is not consistent with these qualities, and his lack of judgment in posting this cartoon is stunning, even if he has subsequently removed it from his blog. Notwithstanding his retraction, that Special Rapporteur Falk should have even temporarily endorsed such ...
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US Deeply Concerned by Ongoing Attacks Against Peaceful Protestors in Syria

There is no justification, no excuse for the Syrian security forces to begin yet another crackdown, killing protesters and arresting people suspected of political opposition. We urge the government of Syria to immediately halt its intimidation and arrest campaign, pull its security forces back from Hama and other cities, and allow the Syrian people to ...
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“Too Little, Too Late: Child Protection Funding in Emergencies”

The United States is also committed to preventing and responding to sexual exploitation and abuse of beneficiary populations –particularly displaced children who are at increased risk of victimization – and will continue in our programming to highlight education for refugee and other displaced children and adolescents, as a way to minimize the long-term impact of ...
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