All articles from: November, 2014

FACT SHEET: U.S.-India Agreement on Trade Facilitation

In recent days, U.S. and Indian negotiators consulted intensively to find ways forward on issues of importance to both countries and to the broader WTO membership.

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Important Agreement Reached Between the U.S. and India on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

The important breakthrough reached between the U,S. and India will unlock progress toward the full and immediate implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, which will lower the costs of trade for developed and developing countries alike.

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U.S. Statement at the Meeting of High Contracting Parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW)

The United States places great value in the CCW as an IHL framework that brings together States with diverse security interests to discuss issues related to weapons which may be deemed to be excessively injurious or that have indiscriminate effects.

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Acting Legal Adviser McLeod: U.S. Affirms Torture is Prohibited at All Times in All Places


There should be no doubt, the United States affirms that torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment and punishment are prohibited at all times in all places, and we remain resolute in our adherence to these prohibitions.

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Assistant Secretary Malinowski: Torture is forbidden in all places, at all times, with no exceptions.

Assistant Secretary Malinowski

The prohibition of torture and cruel treatment is part of our Constitution, and it binds our federal government and all 50 of our states.

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Ambassador Harper: Opposition to Torture is a Fundamental American Value


We see our dialogue with the UN human rights treaty bodies as part of a valuable process to push all nations, including the United States, to do better.

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David Bitkower: Justice Department Plays Critical Role in Upholding US Obligations under Convention Against Torture


We are deeply committed to preventing violations of the prohibition against torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment; to pursuing justice on behalf of victims; and to denying perpetrators safe haven in our country.

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on the U.S. Presentation to the Committee Against Torture

During the course of the two-day review, the U.S. delegation will underscore that all U.S. personnel are legally prohibited under international and domestic law from engaging in torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment at all times, and in all places.

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U.S. Opening Statement at the Conference of the High Contracting Parties to Amended Protocol II to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons

The United States continues to demonstrate its commitment to address the humanitarian consequences that can be caused by landmines and other conventional weapons.

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Outcomes from the ITU 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference #PP14

The U.S. delegation achieved its four primary objectives, and all outcomes were agreed by consensus with other member states.

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