Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence
Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America
As Delivered by Patrick Elliot
Human Rights Council – 51st Session
Thank you, Mr. President.
Thank you. Special Rapporteur for your report and your consultative and victim-centered approach.
The United States welcomes the report’s focus on the role and responsibilities of non-State actors in transitional justice processes. We agree with your recommendation that armed groups should abide by international humanitarian law.
We underscore the primacy of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and call on governments to enhance coordination with the private sector and civil society to address grievances, including the unacceptable use of violence against human rights defenders.
As we reflect on the Guiding Principles, we note the important advances governments, business, and civil society have made in developing and disseminating good practices. We also recognize that there is much work to be done to foster a world in which businesses and countries see that economic success includes regard for individuals and the planet, with respect for human rights at the core.
The United States is open to exploring the negotiation of multilateral instruments that build upon the UN Guiding Principles and reflect principles broadly supported by all relevant stakeholders, including governments, businesses, labor, members of civil society, and other relevant stakeholders.
We look forward to continued dialogue on this issue.
I thank you.