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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Samoa
November 2, 2021

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

Read by Meryn Schneiderhan

39th Session

The United States welcomes the delegation from Samoa.

We recommend Samoa:

1. Decriminalize consensual sexual relations between men and strengthen protections from societal violence and discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex persons;

2. Amend existing laws to prohibit all of the worst forms of child labor and align with ILO standards on child labor and minimum age for employment;

3. Strengthen existing legal frameworks and enforcement of laws addressing sexual and gender-based violence, including the investigation and prosecution of perpetrators of sexual exploitation of children.

We commend Samoa’s commitment to advance protections for human rights.