Ambassador Keith Harper, U.S. Representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council, read the following statement on behalf of a cross-regional group.
Thank Mr. President. I am delivering this statement on behalf of a like-minded cross-regional group of 40 states.
We share the well-founded concern about the situation facing Christians and members of other minority communities in the Middle East expressed in the previous statement. Cognizant that Muslims comprise the majority of victims of terrorism and persecution in the Middle East, we speak separately to underscore that our concern extends to all people facing persecution, without regard to religion or ethnicity.”
The statement above was signed by the following countries.