All articles from: June, 2016

U.S. Fully Committed to Furthering the Rights of Minority Women

The United States is fully committed to furthering the rights of minority women and eliminating societal barriers that impede full enjoyment of their human rights. The U.S. government places great importance on women’s issues in general and has worked to elevate women’s status in the United States.

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Ambassador Pamela Hamamoto at Launch of MICIC Guidelines to Protect Migrants in Countries Experiencing Conflict or Natural Disaster

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Ambassador Pamela Hamamoto emphasizes the importance of multi-stakeholder effort and commitment to advance the protection of migrants.

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Tragedy of Orlando Should Also be a Call to Action to End Violence and Discrimination Against LGBTI Persons

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We must live up to the Universal Declaration’s opening line that all persons are born free and equal. No person can or should be excluded from this assertion. Orlando should remind us of that.

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The Announcement on the Colombia Peace Process is Welcome News to All Who Desire Peace

Secretary Kerry: “I congratulate President Santos and his negotiating partners for this milestone in their ongoing effort to conclude a conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that has plagued their nation for 52 years, the longest running war in our hemisphere.”

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Item 5: Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) Review

The United States welcomes OHCHR’s report, which outlines reforms proposed by states, experts, indigenous peoples, and other civil society actors. The report identifies several areas of convergence from which we can draw in the coming months.

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Statement by the United States at the June 22, 2016, DSB Meeting

Statement by the United States at the Meeting of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body as delivered in Geneva on June 22, 2016.

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USAID Releases the 2016 Acting on the Call Report

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Alongside the report, USAID announced a new $9.2 million program – Integrating Community Health – which will leverage an additional $10 million investment from other sources and is designed to strengthen the role of community health in USAID’s efforts to end preventable child and maternal deaths.

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The United States is Announcing New Humanitarian Assistance for Iraq

In light of recent events in Iraq, and in response to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ recent appeals for emergency needs in Fallujah, the United States is announcing an additional $20 million in humanitarian aid to UNHCR’s Iraq response. This will be part of a larger package of humanitarian assistance that will be announced later this year.

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Item 4: General Debate on Human Rights Situations Requiring Council Attention

The United States remains deeply concerned about the human rights situations in Syria, Burundi, South Sudan, DPRK, and Russia, which we address in more detail elsewhere during this session.

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Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on South Sudan

The United States believes there is a pressing need for justice and accountability in South Sudan. We fully support the peace agreement’s provision for the Hybrid Court for South Sudan, to be established by the African Union, as well as the Commission for Truth, Reconciliation, and Healing.

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