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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