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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President Obama Speaks on the Tragic Shooting in Orlando

Today, as Americans, we grieve the brutal murder -- a horrific massacre -- of dozens of innocent people. We pray for their families, who are grasping for answers with broken hearts. We stand with the people of Orlando, who have endured a terrible attack on their city.
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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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