Item 8: General Debate on the Vienna Declaration & Program of Action

The Vienna Declaration and Program of Action recommends actions to “promote democracy, development and human rights,” with special emphasis on “strengthening of a pluralistic civil society and the protection of groups which have been rendered vulnerable.” The Vienna Declaration and Program of Action also recommends increasing the allocation of resources to programs that uphold the ...
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Support for Human Rights Council Resolution on Sri Lanka

The United States worked in close consultation with the United Kingdom, Montenegro, and Macedonia, and in partnership with the Government of Sri Lanka, to draft the resolution. We look forward to the adoption of the text, which will support reconciliation and justice in Sri Lanka, help ensure a non-recurrence of conflict, and strengthen democratic governance ...
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Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues

The United States agrees that states bear the primary responsibility for protecting and promoting the human rights of all individuals within their societies, including members of minority groups. We share your concerns about the disturbing patterns of attacks and violence against members of religious minorities and their places of worship worldwide, and about the need ...
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Item 4: Human Rights Situations Requiring Council Attention

Item 4:  General Debate on Human Rights Situations Requiring Council Attention Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America Human Rights Council 34th Session As Delivered by William J. Mozdzierz Head of the U.S. Delegation Geneva, March 14, 2017 Mr. Vice President, The United States remains deeply concerned about the human rights situations in ...
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Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Eritrea

We strongly encourage the Government of Eritrea to engage fully with the international community and UN, and we call on the Government to grant the Special Rapporteur access to the country. We have previously noted the Government’s willingness to work on several Universal Periodic Review Recommendations and welcome its cooperation with the international community in ...
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U.S. Statement on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran

Human Rights Council 34: Interactive Dialogue with Asma Jahangir, Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran Statement of the United States of America As Delivered by William J. Mozdzierz Head of Delegation Director for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Bureau of International Organization Affairs Geneva, Switzerland March 13, 2017 Thank you Mr. President. The United ...
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U. S. Statement at Panel Discussion on Preventing Maternal Mortality and Morbidity

The United States remains gravely concerned about the incidence of maternal mortality and morbidity worldwide and believes the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals is a critical foundation to addressing these challenges. Maternal mortality and morbidity is a family tragedy, but it also has far-reaching impacts on households and communities.
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