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Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the SR on the Rights to Peaceful Assembly
and Association and the SR on the Right to Education
June 7, 2017

HRC 35, A.I. 3: Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Peaceful Assembly and Association and the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education 

Human Rights Council 35th Session

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

U.S. Statement
As Delivered by Sheila M. Leonard

Thank you, Mr. Vice President.  The United States welcomes the newly appointed Special Rapporteur on the rights of freedom of peaceful assembly and association, Ms. Ciampi.

The United States has long supported promotion and protection of the rights to peaceful assembly and to freedom of association, which are essential components of democracy. We remain concerned that these vital rights are under constant threat.  We welcome the work of the Special Rapporteur and are hopeful that implementation of her mandate will continue to improve the environment for honest discussion of the threats posed to these fundamental freedoms.

The United States also acknowledges the work of Dr. Boly Barry, the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, and notes her report. We strongly support the right to education and are firmly committed to providing equal access to education.

We appreciate the report’s recommendation of more coordinated partnerships so that parents, local communities, non-state actors such as NGOs and the private sector, and others can work together to strengthen education for students.  Education is best when individuals, organizations, and communities work collaboratively on education policies and programs to help students fulfill their potential.

We appreciate that among her key priorities, the Special Rapporteur has highlighted the critical importance of eliminating violence so that both teachers and students can succeed. Educational spaces need to be safe and free from bullying, violence, and discrimination. 

Ms. Ciampi, what are your specific plans for addressing the growing threats to the rights to freedom of association and peaceful assembly?

Dr. Boly Barry, in your view, what are some best practices of engaging with civil society in order to achieve quality education opportunities for students?