EOP on Resolution “Promotion of the enjoyment of the cultural rights of everyone and respect for cultural diversity”

We wish to register our concern that the concept of cultural diversity, particularly when espoused in a human rights context, could be misunderstood. Cultural diversity and efforts to promote it should not be used to undermine or limit the scope of human rights, nor should it infringe on the enjoyment by individuals of their human ...
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U.S. Statement on Resolution “Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related

Our priority is to help ensure that all states live up to their obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) and implement practical measures to fulfill the promise of that Convention and other instruments barring racial discrimination. Unfortunately, we are concerned that the mandate of the Special ...
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EOV on Resolution on the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft or Armed Drones in Counter-Terrorism and Military Operations

We do not believe that the examination of specific weapons systems is a task for which the Human Rights Council is well suited, and we do not support efforts to take this body in that direction, much less in a resolution that in many key respects does little more than to duplicate work that is ...
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EOV on Resolution “Integrity of the judicial system”

Despite the resolution’s overarching goal of promoting the integrity of the judicial system throughout the world, sensible requests to expand the focus of the text beyond military tribunals to the broader issues related to judicial independence and separation of powers have been refused. The refusal to seriously consider these revisions calls into question whether the ...
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EOP on Resolution “The negative impact of the non-repatriation of funds of illicit origin to the countries of origin on the enjoyment of human rights”

This resolution does not reflect valuable progress made by relevant experts in the UNCAC’s Conference of States Parties and its Open-Ended Intergovernmental Expert Working Group on Asset Recovery to develop and share good practices, promote implementation of the convention and effective asset recovery, and set common goals through recommendations and resolutions.
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EOP on Resolution “Question of the realization in all countries of economic, social and cultural rights”

We interpret this resolution’s references to the obligations of States as applicable only to the extent they have assumed such obligations, and with respect to States Parties to the Covenant, in light of its Article 2(1). The United States is not a party to that Covenant, and the rights contained therein are not justiciable as ...
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EOP on Resolution “Right to food”

It contains numerous references to “the world food crisis,” yet no such global crisis exists. Factors such as long-term conflicts, lack of strong governing institutions, and systems that deter investment and innovation contribute significantly to the recurring state of food insecurity in some parts of the world. We regret that this resolution does not even ...
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HRC Adopts Resolution on Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability, and Human Rights in Sri Lanka

The resolution highlights this Council’s growing concern over persistent sexual and gender-based violence; enforced disappearances; extrajudicial killings; torture; violations of the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly; threats to judicial independence and the rule of law; as well as intimidation of and reprisals against human rights defenders, members of civil society, lawyers ...
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PEPFAR Countries, U.S. Working Toward AIDS-Free Generation

Our agencies opened a new collaborative chapter by signing a memorandum of agreement to advance the sustainability of PEPFAR programs. This agreement launches a three-year partnership between the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the State Department’s Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, which manages PEPFAR, that will tap into what we each do best.
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Concern About Situation of Minorities in Crimea; International Monitoring Teams Should Have Access

We strongly support the efforts of the Council of Europe and OSCE in arranging monitoring visits to Ukraine for the purpose of providing impartial reporting that will clarify the situation regarding ethnic and linguistic minorities in Ukraine and answer those who claim that there is a campaign against Russian-speakers in Eastern Ukraine.
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Discussion with the Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in Burma

The United States reiterates its serious concern about the crisis in Rakhine State. We strongly support the Special Rapporteur’s recommendation to reverse the increasing segregation of Rakhine and Rohingya communities, investigate credible allegations of widespread and systematic human rights violations and hold perpetrators accountable.
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Statement on the Death of Chinese Activist Cao Shunli

Death of Chinese Activist Cao Shunli Press Statement Jen Psaki Department Spokesperson Washington, DC March 15, 2014 The United States is deeply disturbed by reports that rights activist Cao Shunli has passed away at a hospital in Beijing. We offer our condolences to her family. Chinese authorities detained Cao Shunli in Beijing on September 14 ...
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Response to Joint Statement on the International Year of the Family at the HRC

Press Statement Paula Schriefer Head of the U.S. Delegation to the Human Rights Council On the Joint Statement on the International Year of the Family at the HRC March 7, 2014 The United States agrees with the sponsors of today’s Human Rights Council joint statement on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the International ...
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Secretary Kerry: Remarks at Press Availability in Kyiv

Today, Ukrainians are demanding a government with the consent of the people. And I have to say that we all greatly admire the restraint that the transitional government has shown as it makes this transition. They have shown restraint, despite an invasion of Ukrainian homeland and a Russian Government that has chosen aggression and intimidation ...
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