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Item 10 General Debate
October 6, 2022

Item 10 General Debate

Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America

As Delivered by Ambassador Michèle Taylor

Human Rights Council – 51st Session

Thank you, Madam Vice President. And I also would like to thank OHCHR for its presentation to the Council yesterday.

OHCHR monitoring, reporting, and expertise plays a critical role in building capacity to address today’s human rights challenges.

The United States appreciates this important work and encourages countries to work collaboratively and transparently with OHCHR to implement technical assistance. We also urge consistent consideration of equity and inclusion, including ensuring the consideration for and participation of vulnerable and minority groups, women and girls in all their diversity, and civil society.

The United States appreciates Cambodia’s facilitation of the UN Special Rapporteur’s August visit. We ask Cambodia to implement the Special Rapporteur’s recommended 10-point agenda. We remain concerned about the restrictive political environment and hope to see the release of all those unjustly detained, including Cambodian-American citizen Seng Theary, strengthened human rights protections, and the reopening of civic and political space before the 2023 elections.

We welcome the cooperation between Georgia and OHCHR. Georgia’s road to full EU candidacy status was clearly articulated by the European Commission. We encourage the Georgian government to seize this opportunity to achieve Georgia’s stated goal of Euro-Atlantic integration by working closely with partners like OHCHR and diverse Georgian stakeholders, including civil society groups, in a transparent, inclusive, and credible manner to implement the Commission’s recommendations.

Justice, accountability, and redress for human rights abuses and violations are key to ensuring a durable peace that enjoys broad support among Yemenis and the reinstating of the truce would put Yemen on the path toward a durable peace. The United States strongly supports OHCHR reporting in Yemen and the commitment of the Government in bolstering justice and accountability. We call on all parties to the conflict to facilitate access for the investigation of human rights abuses and violations.

Thank you for the discussion on this important work.