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Interactive Dialogue with Working Group on Arbitrary Detention
September 19, 2022

Interactive Dialogue with Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America
As Delivered by Logan Krusac

Human Rights Council – 51st Session

Thank you.

And thank you to the Working Group for your continued efforts.

The United States shares the Working Group’s alarm about reprisals against detainees whose cases the Working Group has addressed. It is imperative that countries take all measures possible to prevent reprisals in order to allow transparent and effective investigations into human rights abuses.

We continue to call on the international community to collectively press for the immediate release of all those who are arbitrarily detained around the world.

In particular, we call attention to the growing body of credible reports of Russia’s unacceptable use of arbitrary detention during its filtration operations against the people of Ukraine. We are seeing family separation, forced deportations, and other abuses as part of these filtration operations.

OHCHR also reports similar practices in the High Commissioner’s independent August 31st report on the human rights situation in Xinjiang. This is appalling, tragic, and cannot go unanswered. We call on Chinese authorities to release all arbitrarily detained individuals immediately.

Question: What steps can member states take to prevent reprisals and increase accountability with regard to arbitrary detention?