All articles from: November, 2016

Remarks by Ambassador Hamamoto at 241st Marine Corps Ball

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“Marines, I have been looking forward to your annual Ball, as it gives us the opportunity to pay tribute to the essential role you play at our Mission. We are deeply grateful for the safety and security you provide, and we all appreciate your loyal service to our country.”

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Republic of Moldova

We note recent reform laws approved by the legislature, including those on prosecutorial reform and judicial independence. We appreciate the delegation’s updates on implementation of these and other reform priorities.

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

We commend Uganda for its treatment of refugees, which can serve as a model worldwide.

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Timor-Leste

We are encouraged by the steps taken to prosecute those in the security forces who used excessive force or inappropriately treated detainees. We note however that impunity continues to be a problem.

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

The United States remains troubled by the human rights situation in Venezuela in light of: lack of respect for separation of powers; actions to bypass the elected National Assembly; suspension of the constitutionally-permitted recall referendum and of regional elections; criminalization of dissent; and continuing media restrictions.

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Acting Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Tom Countryman Travels to Belgium and Switzerland

Acting Under Secretary Countryman will join the U.S. Delegation to the 8th Biological Weapons Review Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, November 7-10.

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U.S. Statement at the WTO Trade Policy Review of Sri Lanka

This review comes at a historic moment for Sri Lanka. With the end of a long civil war and a renewed commitment to democratic values, we see opportunity for prosperity to regain and consolidate its foothold in your nation. With enlightened governance, sound economic policies, and peace, we see a bright future for all Sri Lankans.

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

The United States commends Lithuania’s longstanding commitment to the promotion of human rights, both domestically and internationally.

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

We would like to reiterate the importance of adhering to the rights enshrined in the 2013 Constitution of Zimbabwe, and that are protected under Zimbabwe’s international human rights obligations. We are concerned by severe restrictions on the freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly, and association – including the use of excessive force by police, bans on demonstrations, and government threats to crack down on activists.

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

The United States commends Iceland’s longstanding commitment to the promotion of human rights both domestically and internationally, and especially for its progressive steps in the areas of tolerance, gender equality, and rights of LGBTI persons.

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