All articles from: September, 2016

U.S. Statement at the WTO DSB’s First Dedicated Session on the Issue of Reappointments of Appellate Body Members

Statement by the United States at the WTO Dispute Settlement Body’s First ‘Dedicated Session’ on the Issue of Reappointments of Appellate Body Members.

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Ambassador Harper: Statement at the Presentation of the Independent Experts’ Report on Burundi

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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 stability in Burundi.

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Human Rights Council Interactive Dialogue on the Democratic Republic of Congo

The past two years have seen increased repression and the closing of political space by the Democratic Republic of Congo government.

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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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Statement by the United States at the September 26, 2016, DSB Meeting

Statement by the United States at the Meeting of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body as delivered in Geneva on September 26, 2016.

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Ambassador Harper: Statement at the General Debate on the Vienna Declaration & Programme of Action

The Vienna Declaration calls for democracy, justice, equality, and the rule of law. The United States is concerned about backsliding on these key principles necessary for the protection and full enjoyment of human rights.

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Dialogue with Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent

Ambassador Harper: The United States has made great progress toward countering racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related forms of intolerance, but we acknowledge much remains to be done. Although we may not agree with all of its factual or legal conclusions, we thank the Working Group for its findings from its constructive visit.

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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 and responding to gender-based violence, empowering women and girls economically, and promoting leadership opportunities and gender parity within the UN.

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Ambassador Power: Remarks at UN Security Council Briefing on Syria

This Council can at the very least have the courage to say who is responsible for this. And, in a single voice, tell Russia to stop.

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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 FY 2012.

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