Ambassador Hamamoto: Remarks at the Power of Empowered Women Event

In recognition of the 15th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, we are interested in shining a light on the important role women are playing in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and in peace-building and peace-keeping, and we offer our support as we continue to push for women’s equal participation and an increased ...
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The Human Rights of Women: Eliminating and Preventing Domestic Violence

Around the world – including in the United States – violence against women and girls of all ages impedes economic development, threatens peace and prosperity, and inhibits full participation in civic life. Our efforts to prevent domestic violence and assist survivors are ongoing and too often inadequate. Punishment of those who batter their partners, children, ...
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U.S. Expresses Concern Over the Conviction of Shaikh Ali Salman in Bahrain

Concern Over the Conviction of Shaikh Ali Salman in Bahrain Press Statement John Kirby Department Spokesperson Washington, DC June 16, 2015     The U.S. Government is deeply concerned by the June 16 conviction and sentencing by a Bahraini court of Shaikh Ali Salman, the Secretary General of al Wifaq. As we have consistently said, ...
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Panel Discussion on the Right to Education by Every Girl

Panel discussion: Right to Education by Every Girl As Prepared for Delivery 29th Session of the UN Human Rights Council June 16, 2015 – Geneva The following statement was not delivered due to time constraints, but is included in official HRC Secretariat records. Thank you, Mr. Chairperson. The United States thanks the panelists for contributing ...
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Clustered Interactive Dialogue: Working Group on Transnational Corporations and Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons

The United States is pleased to support the Working Group on human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises. We welcome the Working Group’s newest member, [Mr.] Dante Pesce [Pronounciation key: DAHN-tay PEH-sheh]. We were proud to host the Working Group on an official visit in 2013, and provide input to the Working Group’s ...
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Item 3: Clustered Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteurs on Migrants and Minority Issues

Combating discrimination and intolerance against Romani individuals are priority human rights issues for the United States. As Secretary Kerry stated earlier this year on the occasion of International Roma Day, the United States is committed “to the inclusion and equal treatment of all Roma people, wherever they call home.”
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2015 World Day Against Child Labor: Education not Exploitation

2015 World Day Against Child Labor: Education not Exploitation Press Statement John Kirby Department Spokesperson Washington, DC June 12, 2015 On this World Day Against Child Labor, there is a growing consensus and commitment to ending exploitative child labor around the world. More children are in schools today than ever before, because the international community ...
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Ambassador Hamamoto’s Opening Remarks at Governing Council: UNCC is a UN Success Story

The UNCC is a little-known UN success story. Established by the Security Council after Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi regime illegally invaded Kuwait, the UNCC showcases the UN’s work to discourage future unlawful acts of aggression, and to contribute to the post-conflict restoration of justice and peace between neighboring states.
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Under Secretary Sarah Sewall Visit to Geneva

Under Secretary Sewall will then travel to Geneva later this month where she will participate in the UN Human Rights Council and meet with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. She will deliver remarks at the Geneva Center for Security Policy, and meet with civil society leaders to discuss a range ...
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