All articles from: September, 2012

U.S. Explanation of Vote: Right to Development Resolution

The United States’ commitment to international development as a mainstay of our foreign policy is clear. Nevertheless, we have long-standing questions regarding the right to development.

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U.S. Explanation of Vote – Rhetoric to Reality

The United States remains fully and firmly committed to combating racism, racial discrimination, and related forms of intolerance. We believe the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (“CERD”) provides comprehensive protections in this area and constitutes the relevant international framework to address all forms of racial discrimination.

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EOP: Technical Assistance for Sudan in the Field of Human Rights

The United States thank the Council for its efforts. We agree that the Independent Expert’s mandate should be continued and we are convinced that it must be strengthened.

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U.S. Explanation of Position: Hazardous Wastes

The United States recognizes the serious effects that improper management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes may have on the effective enjoyment of human rights.

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International Religious Freedom Report 2011

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International Religious Freedom “Religious freedom provides a cornerstone for every healthy society. It empowers faith-based service. It fosters tolerance and respect among different communities. And it allows nations that uphold it to become more stable, secure and prosperous.”  – Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton The annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom – the International […]

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US Hosts Briefing by IUCN DG Marton-Lefrevre on World Conseration Congress

The United States is proud of its association with the IUCN. There are 91 IUCN members in the United States, including the Department of State and six other U.S. Government agencies and over 50 non-governmental organizations. We look forward to continuing that relationship for many years to come.

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COI Will Continue Its Work Documenting Widespread Crimes Against the People of Syria

The UN Human Rights Council voted September 28 to renew the mandate of the International Commissioner of Inquiry, an important step towards ensuring that those responsible for crimes against the Syrian people will ultimate face justice.

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Resolution on “Assistance to Somalia in the field of human rights”

The United States welcomes the new institutions in Somalia and the election of President Hassan Sheikh Mahamud as the culmination of the road map process.

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U.S. Statement on Business and Human Rights

We continue to stress the importance of States’ implementation of their obligations under human rights law with respect to their own conduct.

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Explanation of Vote: Promotion of the human rights of peasants

The United States is deeply concerned about the challenges faced by people living and working in rural areas around the world. The Advisory Committee report cites the United Nations Millennium Development Project Task Force on Hunger, which shows that 80 percent of the world’s hungry live in rural areas and that 50 percent of the world’s hungry are subsistence farmers.

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