Saving Lives, Securing Interests: Reflections on Humanitarian Response and U.S. Foreign Policy

Assistant Secretary Schwartz: "First, there is the moral imperative – the simple policy goal of saving lives. Our supporters in Congress well understand that our entire annual civilian humanitarian assistance funding is only a small fraction of the less than one percent of our federal budget that is dedicated to overseas assistance."
Read More»

US Joins Consensus on Resolution on Reporting by the UN Secretary General on the Death Penalty

Explanation of Vote by the United States 18th Session of the UN Human Rights Council On Resolution 18/117: “Reporting by the UN Secretary General on the question of death penalty” September 28, 2011 The United States is pleased to join consensus on this resolution. International law does not prohibit capital punishment when imposed in accordance ...
Read More»

Fact Sheet: Scope of the CTBT

The United States and other CTBT signatories have a clear understanding of what is prohibited by the CTBT. Once the Treaty enters into force, we will have the opportunity to hold other States Parties accountable to this standard of Treaty obligations when judging compliance.
Read More»

Statement by Ambassador King in the WIPO General Assembly

Ambassador Betty King delivered a statement on behalf of the Group B, industrialized countries, at the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). She stated that “we are pleased with WIPO’s efforts in encouraging innovation and creativity throughout all regions of the world, while promoting a balanced and effective international intellectual property system. ...
Read More»

Efforts to Combat Racism Must also Preserve Robust Freedom of Expression

We are concerned that the Special Rapporteur recommends that States prohibit advocacy of national, racial, or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility, or violence; dissemination of ideas based on racial superiority or hatred; and incitement to racial discrimination. He also invokes the limitations in Articles 19-22 of the ICCPR, apparently to suggest that ...
Read More»

U.S. Urges States to Honor Their Obligations under the Vienna Declaration on Human Rights

As we have witnessed the dramatic events unfolding in parts of North Africa and the Middle East, we again call upon governments to promote and protect human rights in the context of peaceful protests – thus honoring obligations that are clearly reaffirmed as universal in the VDPA. We are deeply troubled by the continued use ...
Read More»

Fact Sheet: National Security Benefits of the CTBT

Since 1992, the United States has observed a unilateral moratorium on nuclear explosive testing. This moratorium is based on our national security assessment that the United States does not need to conduct nuclear explosive tests in order to ensure the safety, security and effectiveness of the nuclear forces we maintain to deter nuclear attacks on ...
Read More»

Human Rights Situation in Belarus has Deteriorated Sharply Since 2010 Elections

The human rights situation in Belarus has deteriorated sharply since the December 2010 elections, which failed to meet international standards. The government initiated a wide-ranging crackdown against the political opposition, civil society activists, independent unions and media during the post-election period. Security forces detained hundreds of peaceful demonstrators. Authorities harassed and raided the offices of ...
Read More»

U.S. Statement at HRC Interactive Dialogue on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The United States supports the sustainable development of energy and mineral resources, including renewable resources. We are proud to say tribes in the United States participate in and benefit from natural resources development as beneficial owners of the resources and as regulators. Generally speaking, tribes are beneficial owners of surface and subsurface natural resources within ...
Read More»

New Era of Engagement: Advancing U.S. Interests at the UN

White House Fact Sheet: The Obama Administration has dramatically changed America’s course at the United Nations to advance our interests and values and help forge a more secure and prosperous world. We have repaired frayed relations with countries around the world. We have ended needless American isolation on a range of issues. And as a ...
Read More»

U.S. and WHO Sign Agreement to Help Developing Countries Meet International Health Regulations

The U.S. Government and the WHO share a commitment to strengthen cooperation in the area of global health security to ensure that the international community effectively manages public health risks. Improving the ability of all nations to detect, report, and respond to infectious diseases quickly and accurately lies at the heart of the global community’s ...
Read More»

Yemen: U.S. Condemns Use of Force Against Civilians, Calls for Peaceful Transition

Today's discussion on Yemen comes against the backdrop of increasingly disturbing reports of additional violence. According to news reports from Saana, yesterday government forces opened fire with anti-aircraft guns and automatic weapons on thousands of protestors. The United States condemns the use of excessive force against peaceful protestors and civilians in Yemen.
Read More»

States Must Give Priority Attention to the Health Situation of Older Persons.

While the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health applies not only to older persons, but to persons of all ages, in general older persons have increased health concerns. They tend to be more susceptible to illnesses, chronic diseases and conditions, and disabilities, and therefore require ...
Read More»

Press Statement by Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake in Sri Lanka

"The announcement that the U.N. Secretary General will transmit the Panel of Experts report to the UNHRC and the UNHCHR underlines the need for a comprehensive national reconciliation process that includes a full, credible and independent accounting of and accountability for those who violated international humanitarian law. We hope that the LLRC report will address ...
Read More»

U.S. Deeply Concerned about Use of Force Against Peaceful Protestors

The United States is deeply concerned about violent repression of peaceful protests in a number of countries around the world. The fundamental freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly, and association are enshrined in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. The violent repression of peaceful protests is a clear violation of those human rights, and those responsible ...
Read More»

Remarks by Secretary Clinton at the Release of the 13th Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

Secretary Clinton remarked that “The protection of religious freedom is a fundamental concern of the United States going back to the earliest days of our republic, and it remains so today. We see many countries where governments deny their people the most fundamental human rights: the right to believe according to their own conscience – ...
Read More»

Ambassador Donahoe Delivers HRC 18th Session Statement on Item 2: General Debate

The United States welcomes the High Commissioner’s opening statement. At this moment, when the world is witnessing many societies in political upheaval and transition, we appreciate and applaud her central point that accountable, transparent institutions that respect human rights are essential for successful political transitions to strong stable governance.
Read More»
Show More ∨