All articles from: September, 2011

EOP: Mandate of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent

Our concerns about the Durban Declaration and Program of Action are well known and we cannot therefore endorse all efforts undertaken by the WG in this regard.

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US Deeply Disturbed by Sentencing of Medical Professionals in Bahrain

State Department Spokesman Mark Toner said the United States is deeply concerned by the sentencing of 20 medical professionals as well as about trials of civilians, including medical personnel in military courts and the fairness of those proceedings.

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International Cooperation Aims to Boost Public Health Systems

A community health worker in a village in Senegal examines a patient who has recovered from a bout with malaria

The United States and the World Health Organization (WHO) are moving to a higher level of cooperation, combining resources to help other countries boost their public health infrastructure for the good of their own people and the rest of the world.

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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.”

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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 […]

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Nelson Mandela and the Transformative Power of Tolerance and Reconciliation

The United States is profoundly committed to combating racism and eliminating racial discrimination in all forms and all places. Through our own experience, and in learning from the example of Mandela, we know that tolerance and reconciliation are important tools in that effort.

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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.

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Statement by Ambassador King in the WIPO General Assembly

Amabassador Betty King speaking at 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. These efforts will continue to foster the economic, social and cultural development of all countries.”

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Statements by the United States at the September 27, 2011, DSB Meeting

In relation to adoption of the agenda, the United States welcomes Korea’s decision to withdraw its panel request from the agenda of today’s meeting. We consider that Korea has withdrawn its panel request as of right. Korea’s withdrawal of its proposed item is not subject to a consensus decision by the DSB.

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U.S. Statement on the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action

Our concerns about the 2001 Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA) are well-known, including its unfair and unacceptable singling out of Israel and its endorsement of overbroad restrictions on freedom of expression that run counter to the U.S. commitment to robust free speech. But we will always stand ready to work with others in the effort to combat racism, bigotry, and racial discrimination.

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