All articles from: March, 2014

Statement by the United States at the March 26, 2014, DSB Meeting

Statement by the United States at the meeting of the World Trade Organization dispute settlement body, Geneva, March 26, 2014

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U.S. Co-Sponsors Resolution on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar

We are deeply concerned by the recent mob violence in Sittwe targeting UN offices and international NGOs, which has resulted in the destruction of property and the emergency relocation of international aid workers, including American citizens, to safe havens.

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US Urges HRC to “Stand Firm” in Demanding that Iran Address Continuing Pattern of Human Rights Abuses

While there has been some welcome change in rhetoric from the Iranian government, there has been no significant improvement in Iran’s overall human rights situation.

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U.S. Urges Renewal of Mandate of Syria Commission of Inquiry

With the passage of this resolution, the Human Rights Council continues to fulfill the important role of drawing global attention to the atrocities taking place in Syria and collecting the evidence necessary to ensure future accountability for these acts.

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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 ongoing both under the auspices of the Council and in other venues.

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Amb. Power on U.N. General Assembly Resolution on Ukraine

The resolution adopted by the General Assembly is a clear call from the international community for all states to desist and refrain from actions that undermine Ukraine’s national unity and territorial integrity

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White House on U.N. Human Rights Council Vote on Sri Lanka

The United States welcomes today’s passage of the UN Human Rights Council resolution on “promoting reconciliation, accountability, and human rights in Sri Lanka …

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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 lead sponsor was negotiating in good faith.

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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 such in U.S. courts.

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