U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland Emergency Message: Shooting in Zurich; Avoid Area and Police Activity

U.S. Embassy Bern informs U.S. citizens that on December 19 a gunman shot and wounded three people near the Islamic Center at Eigasse 6, Kreis 4 in Zurich. Police are searching for the gunman. We encourage U.S. citizens in Switzerland to avoid the area around Eisgasse. We urge U.S. citizens in Zurich to contact family ...
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U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the Conflict in Georgia

The United States welcomed the continued successful operation of the Gali and Ergneti Incident Prevention Response Mechanisms (IPRMs), as an independent contribution to peace and stability. The United States also congratulated the EU Monitoring Mission for its efforts to facilitate medical crossings and maintain the incident hotline, work that has helped to reduce tensions along ...
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U.S. Opening Statement at the Fifth Review Conference of the Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW)

The United States places great value in the Conference of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) as an international humanitarian law (IHL) treaty framework that brings together States with diverse security interests to discuss issues related to weapons that may be deemed to be excessively injurious or to have indiscriminate effects.
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Transcript: Secretary Kerry, Foreign Ministers of France, German and Qatar, Discuss the Crisis in Syria

We assembled here to talk with urgency about what additional steps, if any, what creative mechanisms could be employed after a number of years now of different attempts to be able to try to bring the parties together to end the bloodshed, to stop the carnage, the horrific war that is taking place in Syria.
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Secretary Kerry: Remarks at the French Grand Legion of Honor Ceremony With French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault

We’ve weathered great storms together. I know this is a time of uncertainty. I ask you not to be diminished by the crosscurrents that are flowing through the world today because I’m convinced – and I really believe this – I see the world – I see the glass as definitively half full, not half ...
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Costs & Consequences of Violence Against Women Last for Generations – We’re Working to #EndGBV Worldwide

The U.S. Mission in Geneva and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) join the international community in commemorating 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which began on Friday, November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) and ends on December 10 (International Human Rights Day). This year’s theme is “From ...
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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Zimbabwe

We would like to reiterate the importance of adhering to the rights enshrined in the 2013 Constitution of Zimbabwe, and that are protected under Zimbabwe’s international human rights obligations. We are concerned by severe restrictions on the freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly, and association – including the use of excessive force by police, bans on ...
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The United States Congratulates the People of Georgia on Competitive and Well-Administered Elections.

The United States congratulates the people of Georgia on competitive and well-administered October 8 elections that largely respected fundamental freedoms, as assessed by the OSCE Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. These elections affirm Georgia as a leader of democratic reform in the region.
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FACT SHEET: U.S. Leadership to Advance the GHS Agenda: 55 countries show concrete commitment to prevent, detect, and respond

The GHSA is a signature global health and national security priority for President Obama. It was launched in 2014 – before the first cases of Ebola in West Africa came to light – due to leadership of the United States and partners from every region of the world. In only three years, the GHSA has ...
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U.S. Statement at the WTO Trade Policy Review of the Republic of Korea

Economics and trade together make up an important cornerstone of the United States’ relationship with Korea. That relationship has only grown stronger since Korea’s last trade policy review in 2012, when the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) had just entered into force. During the intervening four years, U.S.-Korea trade in goods and services increased from ...
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Fact Sheet: Fiscal Year 2016 Refugee Admissions to the U.S.

The United States is taking the lead in meeting the unprecedented challenge of the global refugee crisis. At the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees in September, President Obama brought together world leaders on the margins of the UN General Assembly to galvanize additional humanitarian support, improve educational and access to lawful work for refugees, and expand ...
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Fact Sheet: Key Outcomes of U.S. Priorities at the UN Human Rights Council’s 33rd Session

Although the United States is not a voting member of the UN Human Rights Council this year – taking a mandatory year off, while standing for election on October 28 for the 2017-2019 term – it is sustaining robust engagement in the Council and working with countries from all regions to address urgent human rights ...
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Fact Sheet: U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Syrian Crisis

The United States is providing more than $364 million in additional lifesaving humanitarian assistance for those affected by the war in Syria, as world leaders gathered during the UN General Assembly to galvanize significant new global commitments to increase support for refugees. This announcement, which brings U.S. humanitarian assistance in response to this conflict to ...
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Assistant Secretary Anne Richard: Briefing on Syria Humanitarian Assistance

Last week, President Obama hosted the Leaders’ Summit on refugees, where 49 countries and several international organizations pledged to assist refugees worldwide by increasing humanitarian assistance, opportunities for formal refugee resettlement and other legal channels of admission, and opportunities for education and lawful employment.
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Joint Statement on Venezuela at the Human Rights Council

We also share the concerns presented by the High Commissioner about the grave and repeated reports of repression of the voices of the opposition and members of the Venezuelan civil society, those of arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances and use of excessive force against peaceful protesters and journalists; as we request the early release of persons ...
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ID on Oral Update of the High Commissioner on the Human Rights Situation in Libya

Oral Update on Libya Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America as delivered by Jessica Carl Human Rights Council 33rd Session Geneva, September 28, 2016 Mr. President, We fully support the efforts of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and UN Special Representative Kobler’s efforts in Libya.  We believe ...
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Ambassador Harper: Statement at the Presentation of the Independent Experts’ Report on Burundi

We firmly believe that this crisis can and must be resolved, or Burundi risks descending into further conflict, including the possibility of mass atrocities. The dialogue currently led by the East African Community (EAC) and mediated by former Tanzanian President Mkapa represents the best avenue for reaching a peaceful resolution to the crisis and restoring ...
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Update by the OHCHR Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine

Item 10: Oral Update on Ukraine Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America As Delivered by Ambassador Keith Harper U.S. Representative to the Human Rights Council Thank you Mr. Vice President, The United States thanks the OHCHR Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU) for their continued robust reporting on the situation ...
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U.S. Statement at the Panel on Integration of a Gender Perspective

At the U.S. Mission in Geneva, we promote gender integration and encourage others to do so as well through the Future She Deserves initiative, which aims to leverage Geneva-based institutional mechanisms and multilateral fora to improve opportunities for women and girls. The Future She Deserves focuses on ensuring adolescent girls’ access to health services, preventing ...
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U.S. Humanitarian Assistance for Libya Totals More Than $121 Million

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced today that the United States is providing nearly $6 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the Libyan people. This funding will help address critical humanitarian needs, including aid for those displaced from Sirte. Today’s announcement brings total U.S. humanitarian assistance for Libyans to more than $121 million since ...
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United States Pledges Nearly $133 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the People of South Sudan

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Gayle Smith announced the additional funding at the “High Level Side Event on South Sudan” on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. This additional funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian aid for the people of South Sudan to nearly $1.9 billion since the ...
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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Tanzania

While we note that the Government formally accepted our recommendation to respect and guarantee the universal right of its citizens in Zanzibar to elect their government through genuinely free and fair elections, we are deeply concerned that respect for human rights and the protection of democracy for all citizens is declining in Tanzania.
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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Tajikistan

We call upon the Tajik Government to repeal legislation facilitating the blockage of Internet content and telecommunications more generally. Under this law, the State Committee for National Security has the authority to interrupt Internet and other telecommunication services during so-called “security operations.”
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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Swaziland

Although we are pleased with the Kingdom of Swaziland's support for these recommendations, we remain deeply concerned that the latest set of reforms of the Suppression of Terrorism Act and Public Order Act continue to suppress individuals' exercise of their freedom of association and right of peaceful assembly.
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Item 5: Joint Statement by Canada, Mexico, and the United States on Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls

At the recent North American Leaders Summit, the United States, Canada, and Mexico made a trilateral commitment to address the scourge of violence against indigenous women and girls that exists across North America. We resolved to work together to share lessons learned and improve coordination on violence against indigenous women and girls.
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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Hungary

Hungary is yet to expand access to public information and improve transparency and accountability. We urge the Government to work with the Open Government Partnership and civil society on reforms to increase the public’s freedom to seek, receive, and impart information. This is key to shining light on corruption and promoting openness and integrity.
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United States Urges Commitment to Protection of Political Rights and Non-violence in the DRC

The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is obligated, under international law and its own constitution, to respect and ensure the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly for its people. We are concerned about recent arrests and harassment of youth activists, and underscore the responsibility of the Government of the Democratic ...
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Interactive Dialogue: Independent Expert on the Rights of Older Persons

Two U.S. responses to UN questionnaires describe our efforts on behalf of older persons. We replied to the March 2015 inquiry from the Chair of the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing, outlining U.S. policies and programs in the areas of health, financial well-being, protection of older persons, social integration, effective data collection and analysis, community ...
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U.S. Opening Statement at the 18th Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to Amended Protocol II to the CCW

The 18th Conference of the High Contracting Parties to Amended Protocol II (Protocol on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Mines, Booby-Traps, and other Devices) to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects U.S. Delegation Opening ...
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Ambassador Hamamoto: Remarks at East-West Sustainability Summit, Honolulu, Hawaii

"Geneva – the operational hub of multilateral diplomacy – provides the foundation for our work, which is built on the need to bridge cultures, to develop a network of both traditional and non-traditional partners, as we address the world’s most significant social, economic, and environmental challenges. And that’s what I want to talk about today ...
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IUCN Congress Opens this Week in Hawaii to Address the Most Pressing Conservation Issues Across the Planet

From September 1-10, the State of Hawaii will host the IUCN World Conservation Congress (WCC) under the theme “Planet at the Crossroads.” At the Congress, the State Department will help showcase the Administration’s accomplishments on a range of international environmental issues, including climate, oceans and wildlife trafficking.
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U.S. on OPCW-UN Report: It is Essential that all State Immediately Cease any Chemical Weapons Use

The report confirms that the Syrian regime is responsible for the repeated use of chemical weapons in Syria. Such use is a violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2118, a violation of Syria’s obligations as a state party to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), and a violation of well-established international standards and norms against chemical ...
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Secretary Kerry Remarks with Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed – South Sudan, Somalia, Syria

"I want to emphasize how deeply the United States values and respects our friendship with Kenya. Today, our annual 2A trade exceeds 1.5 billion and U.S. investors are increasingly attracted to the possibilities here, especially in such sectors as energy, agri-business, and ICT. Our governments work together on a range of issues, including climate change, ...
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John Kerry: We Pay Tribute to all Humanitarians and We Thank Them for Being the Emissaries of the Conscience of the World

Secretary Kerry: "On this World Humanitarian Day, we honor humanitarians, both those who have lost their lives in their efforts to aid and protect the most vulnerable people on earth, and those who continue to brave violence and hardship. The theme of this year’s commemoration is “One Humanity.” It asks all of us to stand ...
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Ocean Acidification Monitoring Public-Private Partnership Launched in Southern Africa

The U.S. Department of State has partnered with the Ocean Foundation, the Heising-Simons Foundation, Schmidt Marine Technology Partners, and the XPRIZE Foundation to launch a public-private partnership, the “OceAn pH Research Integration and Collaboration in Africa (ApHRICA)” project, to advance ocean acidification monitoring in Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, and South Africa.
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The United States Condemns in the Strongest Terms the Vicious Attack in Kabul, Afghanistan

The United States condemns in the strongest terms the vicious attack today in Kabul that killed dozens of Afghans and wounded many more. We send our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those killed and injured, and we offer President Ghani whatever assistance he may require as his government investigates and works to bring ...
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Joint Statement by Foreign and Defense Ministers of the Expanded Small Group of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL / Daesh

The Foreign and Defense Ministers of the Counter-ISIL (Da’esh) Coalition Small Group, Military Coalition and members that have made major non-military contributions met today in Washington at the invitation of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to build momentum and accelerate the multi-front campaign to defeat Da’esh in ...
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FACT SHEET: President Barack Obama’s Commitment to Global Development

Over the past eight years, President Obama has elevated sustainable development to a core pillar of American foreign policy. On Wednesday July 20th, the President will host the White House Summit on Global Development, bringing together development leaders, public and private sector financing partners, civil society, diplomats, and entrepreneurs to mark our global progress and ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Pamela Hamamoto at the 2016 PEPFAR Annual Meeting in Durban

If we are to truly get on the fast track to ending the AIDS epidemic, we need to surround vulnerable populations – in particular adolescent girls and young women – with comprehensive support and services in every aspect of their lives. Time and again, research and experience have shown that holistic, multi-sectoral responses lead to ...
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Statement by President Barack Obama on the Attack in Nice, France

Statement by the President on the Attack in Nice, France On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and other loved ones of those ...
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Statement by President Obama on the One Year Anniversary of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

Today marks one year since the conclusion of the Iran nuclear deal—known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—by representatives of the United States, Iran, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia, and the European Union. Over the last year, the Iran Deal has succeeded in rolling back Iran's nuclear program, avoiding further conflict ...
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Item 8: Best Practices and Strategies for the Implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Ambassador Harper: In December 2010, President Obama announced U.S. support for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In partnering with tribal leaders to address the challenges that tribal communities face, U.S. government agencies, White House offices, and others are guided by the Declaration and its emphasis on self-governance, autonomy, empowerment, and decision-making.
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EMRIP Item 5: Health and Indigenous Peoples, with a Focus on Children and Youth

Alcohol and substance abuse, mental health issues, and suicide continue to be among the most severe health and social problems that American Indians and Alaska Natives face. Behavioral health disorders – mental and substance abuse – also pose concerns for Native youth who have higher rates of suicide attempts and completions and early initiation of ...
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The U.S. Announces Nearly $23 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Ukraine Crisis

The funding announced today will support the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and other international humanitarian organizations as they provide for the basic survival needs of thousands of vulnerable people. This contribution is available to help supply food, clothing, bedding, access to medical care and supplies, shelter materials, repair of key infrastructure, and ...
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Release of the Report with Respect to Human Rights Abuses and Censorship in North Korea

Human rights abuses in the DPRK are among the worst in the world. The government continues to commit extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrest and detention, forced labor, and torture. Many of these abuses are committed in the political prison camps, where an estimated 80,000 to 120,000 individuals are detained, including children and family members ...
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Trafficking in Persons Report 2016

Washington, DC June 30, 2016 “If there is a single theme to this year’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, it is the conviction that there is nothing inevitable about trafficking in human beings. That conviction is where the process of change really begins—with the realization that just because a certain abuse has taken place in the ...
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Ambassador Harper: Statement at the General Debate with the High Commissioner

Item 2:  General Debate with the High Commissioner Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America As Delivered by Ambassador Keith Harper Human Rights Council June 29, 2016 Mr. Vice President,   We thank the High Commissioner for his interim report requested last September detailing the progress Sri Lanka has made, and the ...
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Ambassador Harper’s Statement at the HRC Interactive Dialogue on Burundi

We firmly believe that this crisis can and must be resolved, or Burundi risks losing progress gained since the signing of the Arusha Agreement, and it risks potentially descending into further conflict, including the possibility of mass atrocities. The dialogue currently led by the East African Community and mediated by former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa ...
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Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on Cote d’Ivoire 

We congratulate Cote d’Ivoire on its credible and transparent October 2015 presidential election. We encourage the Government of Cote d’Ivoire to continue to focus on solidifying democracy in a way that is inclusive and promotes open political dialogue and free and equal participation by all its citizens. We stand with Cote d’Ivoire in the effort ...
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U.S. Statement at the HRC Item 9 General Debate

The United States firmly believes that discrimination in all its forms, including racial discrimination, impedes the full enjoyment of human rights. But discriminatory laws and practices grounded in racism do not impact all individuals in exactly the same way. For women of color, for example, racial discrimination can have a compounding effect on a range ...
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Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Belarus

We continue to have significant concerns regarding the human rights situation in Belarus. The government continues to impose restrictions on opposition parties, civil society, and independent media. The government also continues to restrict the right to peaceful freedom of assembly by requiring permission to organize an event, yet routinely denying this permission, and sentencing those ...
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U.S. Welcomes the On-Going Critical Work of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria

Ambassador Harper: "We reiterate the many calls from UN bodies for the Syrian government to cease its egregious abuses against prisoners and disappeared persons, allow for immediate unfettered access to all detainees, provide a list of detention facilities, allow for medical services for all detainees, and release arbitrarily detained persons, including women, and children."
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Secretary Kerry on World Refugee Day: “The United States is determined to find solutions”

The refugees we welcome to the United States will join previous generations who have come to this country to escape violence and persecution – threats to human life and dignity that remain all too real today. History celebrates such moments when we have overcome bias and fear, and opened our doors. Those who have walked ...
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Dialogue with Special Rapporteurs on Internally Displaced Persons and on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions

We thank Special Rapporteur Heyns for his service, and express full support for his mandate. We note our written feedback on the proposed new manual on prevention and investigation of potentially all unlawful deaths. We expressed significant concerns about the process by which this proposed manual has been undertaken, in light of the responsibilities of ...
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Item 3: Report of the Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice and Report of the SR on Violence against Women, its Causes

Ambassador Harper: The United States greatly appreciates the efforts of the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice to emphasize the severity of the effects that discrimination can have on women’s access to healthcare. The United States thanks you for your commitment to furthering the rights of women ...
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Ambassador Harper: Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association Promote Broadmindedness, Diversity, and Tolerance

The promotion and protection of fundamental freedoms and human rights are essential to the long-term stability and health of every state. We agree with Special Rapporteur Kiai that the freedoms of peaceful assembly and of association promote broadmindedness, diversity, and tolerance, and that these rights must be protected for everyone.
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Remarks by Ambassador Hamamoto at Refugee Youth and Future She Deserves Event

Today, I’m excited that we are combining the efforts of The Future She Deserves – our Mission’s signature initiative to promote gender equality – with the Global Refugee Youth Consultation. After what you’ve gone through, many would have lost hope. But you didn’t. You engaged with peers, international organizations, and government leaders. You developed recommendations ...
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Human Rights of Women: Violence Against Indigenous Women

The U.S. Government is taking affirmative steps to address this persistent problem, partnering with indigenous communities as well as tribal, state and local governments to find solutions. Just two days ago, the White House hosted a “United State of Women Summit” which included a focus area on empowering American Indian and Alaska Native women and ...
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United States Intervention for the Annual Full-day Discussion on the Human Rights of Women

As President Obama stated in August 2015, “Treating women as second-class citizens is a bad tradition: it holds you back. There’s no excuse for sexual assault or domestic violence, there’s no reason that young girls should suffer genital mutilation, there’s no place in a civilized society for the early or forced marriage of children.”
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Remarks by the President at United States of Women Summit

"Our country is not just all about the Benjamins—it’s about the Tubmans, too. We need all our young people to know that Clara Barton and Lucretia Mott and Sojourner Truth and Eleanor Roosevelt and Dorothy Height, those aren’t just for Women’s History Month. They’re the authors of our history, women who shaped their destiny."
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Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteurs on Trafficking Persons and on Physical and Mental Health

The United States welcomes this opportunity to thank the Special Rapporteurs for their work, and wish to focus our attention in this interactive dialogue on human trafficking. We appreciate that Ms. Giammarinaro’s report focused on trafficking and conflict, including the trafficking of persons internally displaced by conflict, as these are critically important issues that need ...
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Ambassador Hamamoto: Remarks at Global Refugee Youth Consultations

Wars, conflict and persecution have forced more people than at any other time since World War II to flee their homes and seek refuge and safety elsewhere. Many of them are young people and, we, the humanitarian community, haven’t done enough for them. The unique capacities of young refugees are often overlooked…their aspirations misunderstood…their needs ...
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Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants and Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty

The United States appreciates the continued efforts by Mr. François Crépeau and Mr. Philip Alston to promote human rights around the world. We agree with Special Rapporteur Crépeau’s assessment that trade can serve as a vehicle for advancing human rights, economic development, and social welfare.
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The U.S. Renews its Commitment to Combating Forced Labor and the Worst Forms of Child Labor

To achieve this goal, the United States is determined to prevent goods produced by forced labor from entering our market. The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 strengthened the prohibition on the importation of goods made, in whole or in part, with forced or indentured child labor. We will continue to work with ...
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Fact Sheet – The United States and China: Protecting and Conserving the Ocean

The United States welcomed China’s announcement that it would participate at a senior level in the 2016 Our Ocean conference, to be held in Washington, D.C. September 15-16, 2016. The first two Our Ocean conferences resulted in pledges of over $4 billion toward ocean conservation and commitments to safeguard almost six million square kilometers of ...
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United States and India Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Wildlife Conservation and Combating Wildlife Trafficking

The United States and India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate joint efforts to combat wildlife trafficking and promote other wildlife conservation measures in India. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Catherine Novelli and Indian Ambassador to the United States Arun K. Singh signed the MOU for their ...
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Statement From Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., on the 35th Anniversary of the First Reported Cases of AIDS

Thirty-five years ago, this Sunday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report describing cases of a rare lung infection, Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, in five young, previously healthy, gay men in Los Angeles. One year later, the CDC used the term “AIDS” to describe this condition for the first time. The ...
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Ambassador Samantha Power’s Statement on the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees

The summit will convene heads of state and government who have made new and significant commitments this year to address the needs of the world’s refugees. The collective goals for the summit are to: (1) increase funding to international humanitarian organizations and UN humanitarian appeals; (2) increase opportunities for resettlement and other forms of legal ...
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John Kerry on the Conviction of Hissene Habre for War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity, and Torture

The United States welcomes the Extraordinary African Chambers' issuance of the judgment finding former Chadian President Hissene Habre guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including charges of murder, torture, rape, and sexual slavery, and sentencing him to life in prison. This ruling is a landmark in the global fight against impunity for atrocities, ...
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HHS Secretary Burwell Remarks at World Health Assembly Ministerial Panel on Dementia

HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell World Health Assembly Ministerial Panel on Dementia Geneva, Switzerland May 23, 2016 “We welcome any opportunity to collaborate on innovative care and services models and we will continue to support international efforts to fight dementia through the work of the G7 and WHO.” AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY Introduction I want ...
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The United States Supports the Full Inclusion of Women in Disarmament

Ambassador Wood: "Including women and their perspectives in our conflict prevention efforts, our efforts to end wars and bring about just and sustainable peace, our efforts to protect civilian populations and hold accountable those that commit war crimes and crimes against humanity, is absolutely essential to international peace and stability, and to U.S. national security."
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Ambassador Hamamoto Remarks at IUCN Reception

If 2015 was a year of commitment, 2016 is the year to take action. And the IUCN World conservation Congress is an important step in that direction, offering us all a chance to define the sustainable path for moving the Paris climate agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals from targets to achievements.
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Water is Life – An Art Quilt Exhibition

The United States Mission to the U.N. in Geneva marked World Water Day 2016 with a stunning show of over 40 art quilts. The project in partnership with ‘American Exchange Rome’ and ‘Quilt for Change,’ allows visitors to reflect on the importance of water as a precious source of life and its impact on the ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry Meets with U.S. Mission Geneva Staff

Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry U.S. Mission Geneva, Switzerland May 2, 2016 AMBASSADOR HAMAMOTO: Secretary, it’s so great to have you back here in Geneva. After coming here numerous times over the last couple years, it’s now been about nine months since your last visit, and I will say we were starting to worry that ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Calls With UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura and General Coordinator of the High Negotiations Committee Riyad Hija

The Secretary expressed his deep concern about the deteriorating situation in Aleppo, where the Assad regime continues to escalate the conflict by predominantly targeting innocent civilians and parties to the cessation of hostilities -- not Nusra, as the regime falsely claims. Such attacks are direct violations of the cessation and must stop immediately.
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John Kerry Condemns the Barbaric Murder of a Locally-Hired Employee of the U.S. Mission in Bangladesh

The men and women of the U.S. State Department join me today in condemning the barbaric murder of Mr. Xulhaz Mannan, a locally-hired employee of our embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and another of his activist friends. We are profoundly saddened by the loss of one of our own in such a senseless act of violence, ...
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CITES and Trade Agreements: Partnering to Combat Wildlife Crime and to Achieve Sustainable Development

Maximizing the impact of addressing these environmental threats through partnership and cooperation is a guiding force in recent discussions between Secretary-General John E. Scanlon of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and U.S. Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Michael Punke.
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U.S. Statement at the Trade Policy Review of Ukraine

Since its accession, Ukraine has faced a number of major challenges, including an economic crisis, armed aggression from combined separatist forces in eastern Ukraine, and geopolitical pressures. As a direct result, Ukraine’s economy and its population continue to struggle. Nevertheless, the spirit that inspired the Revolution of Dignity remains strong in Ukraine and the U.S. ...
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United States Provides Additional $29 Million in Humanitarian Assistance for Malian Regional Crisis

This funding will support the work of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Food Program (WFP), and other international organizations in Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger to provide essential protection and assistance, such as health, food, water, livelihoods, and education.
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Remarks at an Informal Meeting on “Syria: War Crimes and the Pursuit of Justice”

Ambassador Samantha Power: "I want to begin by recognizing three other courageous individuals who need no introduction to the Syrians who have spoken, but I think just saying a word about their stories is in keeping with Sima’s summons to us to remember the individuals who we’re actually talking about here in this context."
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Secretary Kerry’s Call with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura

Secretary Kerry spoke with United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura this morning to discuss today’s resumption in Geneva of UN-led Syria negotiations. Secretary Kerry reaffirmed strong U.S. support for the talks to focus on political transition in accordance with the 2012 Geneva Communique and UN Security Council resolution 2254. We look to ...
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2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

2015 Human Rights Report Released! U.S. Department of State Washington, DC April 13, 2016 The United States released its 2015 Human Rights Reports today. The reports, now in their 40th year, document the status of human rights conditions in 199 countries and territories around the world. In remarks to the press, Secretary Kerry discussed the reports and stressed the universality of ...
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Supporting the Safe Return of Those Kidnapped and Abused by Boko Haram

As we approach the second anniversary of the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls from their school in Chibok, the United States again calls for the immediate release, without preconditions, of all hostages held by Boko Haram. The kidnapping of these young women, along with the kidnappings of countless others by Boko Haram, epitomizes ...
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Secretary Kerry Announces Humanitarian Assistance to Help Displaced and Conflict-Affected Iraqis

Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States is providing nearly $155 million in additional humanitarian assistance to displaced and conflict-affected Iraqis within Iraq and throughout the region who are in urgent need of support. This new funding brings total U.S. humanitarian assistance for the Iraq humanitarian response to more than $778 million ...
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Preventing Violent Extremism: The Way Forward – Statement by Under Secretary Sewall

U.S. Statement at the Geneva Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism: The Way Forward Under Secretary Sewall Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland Friday, April 8, 2016   ****** Deepest thanks to the United Nations and the Government of Switzerland for convening us here today. Ten years ago, when U.N. Member States endorsed the first-ever Global Counter-Terrorism ...
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U.S. Statement at the Trade Policy Review of Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s economy currently faces many challenges, and the United States is proud to support Saudi Arabia’s economic growth and reform efforts to overcome them. The United States and Saudi Arabia enjoy a broad, deep and robust friendship and partnership, with cooperation spanning a range of the economic and security issues confronting the Middle East ...
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John Kerry on UN Mine Action Day: “We remain committed to doing more to reduce the impact of landmines.”

Not long ago, nearly 10,000 men, women, and children died or were injured by landmines and unexploded ordnance every year. Today, as we observe UN International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, we can take pride in the fact that U.S. support for conventional weapons destruction programs and our commitment to robust ...
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United States Concerned about Prison Conditions in Burundi

The United States expresses deep concern over the death yesterday of Jacques Bihozagara, a former Rwandan ambassador and government minister, in the Bujumbura, Burundi, prison where he had been detained since 2015. Mr. Bihozagara’s death highlights abiding concerns about inhumane prison conditions in Burundi, as well as persistent credible reports of arbitrary arrests, increased torture, ...
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Fact Sheet – The Nuclear Security Summits: Securing the World from Nuclear Terrorism

President Obama in his Prague remarks identified the risk of nuclear terrorism as the most immediate and extreme threat to global security, and he called for a worldwide effort to secure all vulnerable nuclear materials in four years. He also highlighted the need to break up black markets, detect and intercept materials in transit, and ...
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The United States Announces Additional Pledges in Support of Syrian Refugees

The United States joins UNHCR in calling for new ways nations, civil society, the private sector, and individuals can together address the global refugee challenge. The United States encourages other countries to consider expanding resettlement and other forms of admissions for all refugee populations, ensuring that more of those in need have the opportunity to ...
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Secretary Kerry Honors 14 Women of Courage – Remarks at the International Women of Courage Awards Ceremony

"Each year, we come together on behalf of the Obama Administration and the State Department to recognize women who have made really special, singular contributions to peace, to prosperity, to stability all around the globe. And every one of these women who are here today and those who were celebrated previously have all dedicated their ...
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Ambassador Harper: End of Session Statement and Explanation for all HRC31 Resolutions

The United States strongly supports the new mandate on South Sudan. The wholesale disregard for human lives and rights has gone on too long, and must stop. We are pleased the Council adopted a consensus resolution on North Korean human rights that established a panel of experts to explore appropriate approaches to accountability.
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Release of Azerbaijani Human Rights Lawyer Intigam Aliyev

The United States welcomes the decision by the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan to conditionally release human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev. This follows the March 17 release of more than a dozen other individuals. We urge the government to release other individuals who have been incarcerated for exercising their fundamental freedoms and to end restrictions on ...
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The United States Provides an Additional $20 Million in Response to Europe Refugee and Migration Crisis

The U.S. announces $20 million to support efforts by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and the International Federation of Red Cross/Red Crescent (IFRC) to respond to increased protection, shelter, and other lifesaving assistance throughout Europe, including in Greece, Western Turkey, and the Balkans.
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Statement From Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., on World Tuberculosis Day 2016

On World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, we can commit to ending TB by rapidly adopting the 2015 World Health Organization (WHO) Guideline on When to Start Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) and on Pre-exposure Prophylaxis for HIV, more commonly known as “Test and START,” and strengthening partnerships among countries, multilateral organizations, and civil society.
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U.S. Statement Introducing Resolution on Human Rights in South Sudan

Introduction: Resolution on Human Rights in South Sudan Human Rights Council, 31st Session United States Delegation, delivered by Ambassador Keith Harper March 23, 2016   As demonstrated by the OHCHR report issued early this month, the human rights situation in South Sudan is one of the gravest situations we face at the Human Rights Council. ...
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Ambassador Harper’s Statement at HRC Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on Burundi

We strongly urge the Government of Burundi to allow AU observers complete and free access to investigate allegations of gross human rights violations, including mass graves. We urge the Government to implement President Nkurunziza’s promise to release at least 2,000 detainees, including political prisoners. Burundi should lift all undue restrictions on media and create conditions ...
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US Statement at Dialogue with the Independent Expert on the Central African Republic

Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert  on the Central African Republic Statement by the United States of America 31st Session of the Human Rights Council March 21, 2016 Geneva, Switzerland Delivered by Amanda Wall   The United States thanks the Independent Expert for her continued work on the human rights situation in the Central African ...
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