All articles from: June, 2017

Secretary Tillerson’s Remarks at the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

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“Human trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time. It splinters families, distorts global markets, undermines the rule of law, and spurs other transnational criminal activity.

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Opening Remarks to the International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification (IPNDV) Joint Working Group Meeting-Geneva


Ambassador Wood: “I want to welcome all the partners in attendance here this morning to Geneva. I am thrilled to host another joint working group meeting here at the U.S. Mission.”

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U.S. Statement at UNAIDS 40th PCB Meeting


Chargé d’Affaires Allegra: Together, we are making rapid progress toward eliminating HIV/AIDS, but the next few years are perhaps the most crucial for UNAIDS and the greater global response. We look forward to working together to ensure success.

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Key Outcomes of U.S. Priorities at the UN Human Rights Council’s 35th Session


At the 35th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva from June 6-23, U.S. leadership proved critical to shaping the international response to urgent human rights situations.

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General Statement on Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while Countering Terrorism

The United States is pleased to co-sponsor the resolution on protecting human rights while countering terrorism, and urges all states to support this resolution without amendment and by consensus.

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U.S. Clarifies Position on Issues in Various Resolutions at 35th Human Rights Council

The United States makes the following statement to clarify its position on issues that were present in various resolutions during the current Human Rights Council session.

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Explanation of Position on Resolution on the Contribution of Development to the Enjoyment of all Human Rights

We reject any suggestion that development goals could permit countries to deviate from their human rights obligations and commitments.

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General Statement on Technical Assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo Concerning the Events in Kasai

As we have previously stated, the United States is deeply concerned by the violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) Kasai Provinces as well as by the political uncertainty in the country, resulting from the DRC government’s failure to hold elections in accordance with the DRC Constitution.

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Explanation of Position on Resolution on National Policies and Human Rights

Our statement to be delivered at the end of Item Three will explain our position on this resolution on national policies and human rights.

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Explanation of Vote on Resolution on Promotion of the Right to Peace

As we have stated previously, the United States does not agree with attempts to develop a collective “right to peace.”

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