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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Czechia
Delivered by Ambassador Michèle Taylor
January 23, 2023

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

42nd Session

Delivered by Ambassador Michèle Taylor

Thank you, Mr. Vice President. It’s so wonderful to see you continuing in this role.

The United States welcomes the delegation from Czechia and heartily congratulates Czechia and your ambassador on assuming the presidency of the Human Rights Council.

In the spirit of constructive engagement, we recommend that Czechia:

  • Strengthen efforts to combat gender-based violence by implementing the government’s Strategy for Equality of Women and Men and devoting adequate resources toward this effort.
  • Review and strengthen efforts to decrease hate crimes, combat discrimination, and protect from violence or threats of violence members of minority groups, including Roma and LGBTQI+ persons.
  • Take steps to ensure that refugees, including Roma, who fled Russia’s war against Ukraine and seek protection in Czechia are not vulnerable to abuse, discrimination, or exploitation, including human trafficking or forced labor.

The United States commends Czechia’s longstanding commitment to the promotion of democracy and human rights.

We wish Czechia a very successful UPR. I thank you.