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U.S. Explanation of Votes on Item 7 Resolutions

The United States strongly and unequivocally opposes the existence of the Human Rights Council’s Agenda Item Seven.

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Statement by the U.S. Introducing the Resolution on Sri Lanka at the Human Rights Council

The Human Rights Council adopted by consensus a resolution on Sri Lanka reflecting continued strong commitment to peace, justice, and reconciliation for all the people of Sri Lanka.

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Press Statement: Opposition to UN Human Rights Council Agenda Item Seven

No other nation has an entire agenda item dedicated to it at the Council. The continued existence of this agenda item is among the largest threats to the credibility of the Council.

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Support for Human Rights Council Resolution on Sri Lanka

The United States worked in close consultation with the United Kingdom, Montenegro, and Macedonia, and in partnership with the Government of Sri Lanka, to draft the resolution. We look forward to the adoption of the text, which will support reconciliation and justice in Sri Lanka, help ensure a non-recurrence of conflict, and strengthen democratic governance and freedoms for all Sri Lankans.

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Joint Statement on the Human Rights Situation in Syria

We cannot rest until a long-term political solution to the conflict is found and those responsible for violations and abuses of human rights are held to account.

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Secretary of State Tillerson To Travel to Tokyo, Seoul, and Beijing

Secretary Tillerson will meet with senior officials to discuss bilateral and multilateral issues […]

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HRC Dialogue with the Special Rapporteurs on Human Rights Defenders and on Torture

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Clustered ID with the SR on Human Rights Defenders and the SR on Torture Erin M. Barclay Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Statement by the United States of America As Prepared for Delivery Human Rights Council, 34th Session March 2, 2017 Mr. Vice President, The United States would like to thank […]

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United States Condemns Attack on Special Monitoring Missions in Eastern Ukraine

We call on Russia and the separatist forces it backs to immediately observe the cease-fire, withdraw all heavy weapons, and allow full and unfettered access to the OSCE monitors.

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U.S. Press Statement on Declaration of Famine in South Sudan

An estimated 5.5 million people—nearly half of South Sudan’s population—will face life-threatening hunger this year.

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Recent Killings in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The United States is deeply concerned by video footage that appears to show elements of the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo summarily executing civilians, including women and children.

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