All articles from: October, 2016

U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Syria

We reiterate our call for an immediate end to all violations and abuses, as well as accountability for perpetrators of them, especially the egregious, widespread, and continued violations committed by the Asad regime.

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Togo

We note that Togo has remained a regional force for peace in West Africa and continues to promote economic development.

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Secretary of State Kerry: Statement on U.S. Relection to 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.  

U.S. Mission Photo/Eric Bridiers

U.S. engagement has helped transform the Council into a more balanced and credible organization and has helped focus the global spotlight on grave violations and abuses of human rights around the world.

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

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

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United States Abstains for 1st Time on UNGA Resolution on Cuba Embargo

Ambassador Samantha Power: “Instead of isolating Cuba, as President Obama has repeatedly said, our policy isolated the United States… After 50-plus years of pursuing the path of isolation, we have chosen to take the path of engagement.”

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Combating Trafficking in Persons: U.S. Department of State’s Leadership During the Obama Administration

This fact sheet offers a snapshot of the State Department’s accomplishments in tackling the crime of modern slavery during the Obama Administration.

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U.S. Statement at the Special Session of the Human Rights Council on Aleppo


Theodore Allegra: Airstrikes by Russia and the Asad regime are the cause of this devastation, and they are the cause of this suffering…These shocking acts in Aleppo beg for an appropriate investigation and those who commit them must be held accountable.

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Joint Statement From Secretary Kerry and U.K. Foreign Secretary Johnson on the Situation in Aleppo

John Kerry: “Suffice it to say that all of us are more than concerned and deeply, deeply disturbed by and outraged by what is happening in Aleppo, which is in the year 2016, in the beginning of the 21st century, a horrendous step back in time to a kind of barbarianism, a use of force that is of insult to all of the values that the United Nations and most countries believe should guide our actions.”

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Release of the First Annual Report from the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking


On October 18, the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking unveiled its first annual report containing specific policy recommendations, providing the federal government with survivor-informed analysis to combat human trafficking.

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Ambassador Wood: Remarks at UNGA Thematic Discussion on Other Weapons of Mass Destruction

The United States shares the concerns that have been expressed by other UN Member States regarding the threat of chemical and biological terrorism.

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