All articles from: September, 2016

Ambassador Harper: Closing Statement at the 33rd Session of the Human Rights Council

The United Nations Human Rights Council opened its 33rd Session today.  The U.S. Delegation, headed by Ambassador Keith Harper, looks forward to working with partners to highlight critical human rights siutations around the world.  

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The U.S. congratulates the Council for the groundbreaking appointment of the independent expert on violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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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 more than $5.9 billion since the start of the crisis, reflects the continued generosity of the American people and demonstrates steadfast U.S. commitment to helping address the unprecedented magnitude of suffering and urgent needs.

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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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Ambassador Harper: Statement at the General Debate on Technical Assistance & Cooperation

We note the High Commissioner’s recent report on Yemen. We are particularly concerned by the loss of life, damage to critical infrastructure, and disruption of humanitarian assistance caused by the conflict between the Government and the Houthis.

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Ambassador Harper: Statement on the Report of the Special Rapporteur for Cambodia

The United States expresses its appreciation for the report of the Special Rapporteur. We are pleased to see the successes cited in the report, including the meeting of Millennium Development Goals, sustained economic growth, and improvements in education and health care.

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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 arrested for political reasons.

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Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on Somalia

Let me begin by affirming that the United States remains committed to supporting Somalia’s transition toward peace, prosperity, and democracy.

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Item 10: Dialogue with the Independent Expert on Sudan

We welcome the Independent Expert and his recent report. We support his call on the Government of Sudan to create an environment conducive to credible and inclusive national political dialogue with the active participation of all stakeholders in order to advance peace, reconciliation and governance reforms in the Sudan.

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Ambassador Michael Punke’s Statement at the WTO Trade Policy Review of the Russian Federation

Ambassador Punke: I would like to join others in welcoming Director Medvedkov and his distinguished delegation from Moscow for Russia’s first Trade Policy Review.

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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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