All articles from: March, 2015

US – UK Joint Statement on the Elections in Nigeria

So far, we have seen no evidence of systemic manipulation of the process. But there are disturbing indications that the collation process may be subject to deliberate political interference.

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40th Anniversary of the BWC Treaty

40th Anniversary of the BWC Treaty

40 years after its entry into force, the Biological Weapons Convention continues to be an essential element in the international community’s efforts to prohibit and eliminate such weapons …

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Key U.S. Outcomes at the UN Human Rights Council 28th Session

The outcomes of the 28th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) underscored the importance of robust U.S. engagement at the Council.

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General Statement on the Right to Development

The concerns of the United States about the existence of a “right to development” are long-standing and well known. The “right to development” does not have an agreed international meaning.

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Joint Statement on Independence of the OHCHR Cosigned by the United States

The independence of the thought and action of the High Commissioner and his office is crucial for the advancement of the human rights agenda.

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U.S. Remains Troubled by Human Rights Council’s Stand-Alone Item Directed Against Israel

Actions which help move the parties toward a two-state solution remain the surest way to protect the human rights of Palestinians and Israelis alike.

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U.S. Strongly Supports ILO Focus on Gender Based Violence in the Workplace

As the ILO has noted previously, gender based violence is “the most prevalent human rights violation in the world” and its existence is a “major challenge to the goal of equality between women and men.”

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U.S. Co-sponsors Resolution Expressing Deep Concern about Human Rights Violations in North Korea

The DPRK is among the world’s most pervasive deniers of freedoms and violators of human rights.

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EOP on item 8: Resolution Entitled “Contribution of the Human Rights Council to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem of 2016.”

The importance of respect for human rights is front and center in the UN drug conventions, a cornerstone of all international drug control policy, as well as in all the declarations and resolutions from the General Assembly and the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND). There is no dispute on the role of respect for human rights in drug control efforts. That is why we join consensus on this resolution.

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General Comment on item 10: Resolution Entitled “Technical Assistance and Capacity Building in strengthening human rights in Iraq in light of the Abuses committed by ISIL and associated groups,”

We thank the Iraqi delegation for presenting this important resolution on “Technical Assistance and Capacity Building in strengthening human rights in Iraq in light of the Abuses committed by ISIL and associated groups.” We are pleased to co-sponsor this text and strongly encourage its consensus adoption.

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