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Item 10 General Debate – Strengthening Capacity to Promote and Protect Human Rights | HRC 49
March 31, 2022

Item 10 General Debate

Statement as Prepared for Delivery by Daniel Kronenfeld

Delegation of the United States of America

Human Rights Council – 49th Session

March 30, 2022

Thank you, Vice President.

The United States supports proactive cooperation with OHCHR to access technical assistance and strengthen capacity to promote and protect human rights. OHCHR monitoring, evaluation, and reporting on human rights challenges is crucial to provide effective support.

The United States encourages countries to implement technical assistance and capacity-building while including minority groups and women and girls in all their diversity, consistent with the ideals of this Council.

OHCHR’s monitoring in Ukraine has proved invaluable in revealing Russian forces’ egregious human rights abuses.

I also would like to highlight El Salvador, where OHCHR has provided technical assistance to draft a report on the compliance of state institutions with economic, social, and cultural rights in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, in cooperation with civil society and in accordance with the Criminal Prosecution Policy developed with OHCHR’s technical assistance, the Office of the Attorney General has brought to court emblematic unpunished cases from the country’s armed conflict, such as the perpetrators of the El Mozote and El Calabozo massacre.

We appreciate OHCHR’s efforts to promote human rights and facilitate accountability processes throughout the world. We encourage countries like Tajikistan to take advantage of this expertise.

We recommend all countries cooperate with OHCHR and the independent mandate holders to facilitate unfettered access to countries and regions of concern and to build capacity to promote and protect human rights.

Thank you.