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EOV on item 3: Resolution Entitled “Human Rights, Democracy, and the Rule of Law,”
March 26, 2015

Item 3:  Resolution Entitled “Human Rights, Democracy, and the Rule of Law,” A/HRC/28/L.24

Explanation of Vote on Amendment by the Delegation of the United States of America

Human Rights Council 28th Session

Geneva, March 26, 2015


Thank you, Mr. President.

We regret the decision by some states to put forward an amendment to this resolution after the process of negotiations led by the core group has been extremely open and transparent.

We are seriously concerned that this amendment attempts to stifle the voices of civil society and restrict the space to provide differing views on the topics of human rights, democracy, and the rule of law.  We are dismayed to see that the amendment is aimed at restricting civil society participation at the forum on a “no-objection basis.”  The voices of civil society are vital to vibrant democracies and their participation in the forum should be welcome.

The United States strongly opposes the amendment before us today and will vote in favor of the resolution.  We urge all Council members to do the same.

Thank you, Mr. President.