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U.S. Joins Consensus on Resolution to Protect Human Rights of Persons with Albinism
March 26, 2015

Item 3:  Resolution Entitled “Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of Human Rights by Persons with Albinism” A/HRC/28/L.10

Explanation of Position by the Delegation of the United States of America

Human Rights Council 28th Session

March 26, 2015


Thank you Mr. President.  The United States is pleased to join consensus on this resolution which establishes an Independent Expert to promote and protect the human rights of persons with albinism.

We believe that States must take effective measures to protect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons, such as those with albinism, including effective prosecution of perpetrators of violence.  Future discussions on how to prevent attacks against persons with albinism can be greatly informed by examining the root causes of discrimination.

We note the relevance of international instruments, including the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in addressing issues of stigma and violence, including against these persons and indeed all persons with disabilities.  In that regard, we are pleased that this resolution underscores that persons with albinism have the same human rights as all other persons.  In particular, we note that all persons are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law.

We encourage the future mandate holder to coordinate closely with other mandate holders addressing relevant thematic issues, including but not limited to the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The absence of a sunset clause in this resolution is regrettable.  In addition to the need to prioritize use of limited resources, a sunset clause would allow the HRC membership to assess the effectiveness of the mandate and determine whether or not it should be continued.

Thank you for your attention.