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U.S. Joins Resolution Welcoming Observance of June 13 as International Albinism Awareness Day
June 26, 2014

Explanation of Position: A/HRC/26/L.7 on Albinism
Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America
UN Human Rights Council – 26th Session
As Delivered by Rachel Spring
Geneva, June 26, 2014

Thank you Mr. President.

The United States joins the consensus on the resolution welcoming the observance of 13 June as International Albinism Awareness Day.

We note the relevance of international instruments, including the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in addressing issues of stigma and violence against all persons with disabilities.

We believe that States must take effective measures to protect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons with disabilities, such as those with albinism.

Future discussions on how to prevent attacks against persons with albinism can be greatly informed by examining the root causes of discrimination against persons with disabilities.  Thank you.