Remarks on the UN Human Rights Council

Remarks by Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State and Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Treaty Room Washington, DC June 19, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon. The Trump administration is committed to protecting and promoting the God-given dignity and freedom of every human being. Every individual has rights that are inherent and inviolable. They are ...
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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Bangladesh

As delivered by Huda Ibrahim 30th Session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group Geneva, May 14, 2018 The international community appreciates the Government of Bangladesh for hosting Rohingya refugees and welcomes its commitment to a voluntary, safe, and dignified repatriation process that includes the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and relevant international agencies. However, ...
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The Need for an Integrated Approach to the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for the Full Realization of Human Rights, Foc

The United States recognizes that the 2030 Agenda can help countries work toward global peace and prosperity, and that each country has its own development priorities and must work towards implementation in accordance with its own national policies and priorities.
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High Level Interactive Dialogue on the Situation of Human Rights in the Central African Republic (CAR)

We remain deeply concerned by reports of widespread abuses by armed groups, such as unlawful killings; involuntary disappearances; torture; pervasive sexual violence, including against men and boys; unlawful restrictions on freedom of movement; and the continued use of child soldiers by armed groups.
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Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi and the Report of the High Commissioner on Burundi

The United States thanks the Commission of Inquiry for its work. In Burundi, where the situation remains grave, the Government and actors affiliated with it continue to commit serious human rights violations and abuses, some of which the Commission found provide reasonable grounds to believe may amount to crimes against humanity.
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Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar and the Myanmar Fact-Finding Mission

The United States is deeply concerned by Myanmar’s cessation of cooperation with the Special Rapporteur and continued non-cooperation with the Fact-Finding Mission. The government should immediately resume cooperation with the Special Rapporteur and allow the Fact-Finding Mission access to Myanmar.
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Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

We remain deeply concerned about the well-being of the North Korean people, who face egregious human rights violations and abuses, including those involving extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture, arbitrary arrest and detention, sexual and gender-based violence, and forced labor.
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U.S. Strongly Supports Efforts to Hold Accountable Those Responsible for Atrocities

Interactive Dialogue on the Joint Study of the Special Adviser of the SG on the Prevention of Genocide and the SR on Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence 37th Session of the Human Rights Council Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America Delivered by David G. Mandel-Anthony, March 2, 2018 Thank ...
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U.S. Statement on the 70th Anniversary of the UDHR and the 25th Anniversary of the VDPA

On this 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and 25th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Program of Action (VDPA), the United States celebrates the importance of these declarations, reaffirms our commitment to the principles enshrined in them, and reflects on the challenges to the universal realization of human rights and ...
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Press Releases: Violence and Death of Burundi Nationals in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Press Releases: Violence and Death of Burundi Nationals in the Democratic Republic of Congo 09/20/2017 11:20 AM EDT Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 20, 2017 The U.S. government is dismayed by the violence and death of more than 30 Burundian nationals and a Congolese soldier in Kamanyola, in the Eastern Democratic ...
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General Statement on Technical Assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo Concerning the Events in Kasai

As we have previously stated, the United States is deeply concerned by the violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) Kasai Provinces as well as by the political uncertainty in the country, resulting from the DRC government’s failure to hold elections in accordance with the DRC Constitution.
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Explanation of Vote on Resolution on Protection of the Family

The United States believes that discussions at the United Nations must consider all types of loving families that exist today, be those families headed by one mother and father, a single parent, a same-sex couple, grandparents, or the many other family structures that provide essential support for raising children and assisting in caring for the ...
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U.S. Explanation of Position on Resolution on Violence Against Women

A/HRC/35/L.15 Explanation of Position by the United States of America Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America, as delivered by Jason Mack UN Human Rights Council – 35th Session Geneva, June 22, 2017 The United States strongly supports the spirit of this resolution and joins other members of this Council in condemning all acts ...
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Interactive Dialogue with the Working Group on Discrimination Against Women in Law and Practice

The Working Group’s report on good practices emphasizes that laws are essential in addressing discrimination against women. But they need to be accompanied by sustained implementation efforts, robust civil society advocacy, gender-sensitive discrimination education, and attitudinal and behavioral change to result in real improvements.
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Item 4: Human Rights Situations Requiring Council Attention

Item 4:  General Debate on Human Rights Situations Requiring Council Attention Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America Human Rights Council 34th Session As Delivered by William J. Mozdzierz Head of the U.S. Delegation Geneva, March 14, 2017 Mr. Vice President, The United States remains deeply concerned about the human rights situations in ...
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Fact Sheet: Key Outcomes of U.S. Priorities at the UN Human Rights Council’s 33rd Session

Although the United States is not a voting member of the UN Human Rights Council this year – taking a mandatory year off, while standing for election on October 28 for the 2017-2019 term – it is sustaining robust engagement in the Council and working with countries from all regions to address urgent human rights ...
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Joint Statement on Venezuela at the Human Rights Council

We also share the concerns presented by the High Commissioner about the grave and repeated reports of repression of the voices of the opposition and members of the Venezuelan civil society, those of arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances and use of excessive force against peaceful protesters and journalists; as we request the early release of persons ...
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Update by the OHCHR Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine

Item 10: Oral Update on Ukraine Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America As Delivered by Ambassador Keith Harper U.S. Representative to the Human Rights Council Thank you Mr. Vice President, The United States thanks the OHCHR Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU) for their continued robust reporting on the situation ...
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United States Urges Commitment to Protection of Political Rights and Non-violence in the DRC

The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is obligated, under international law and its own constitution, to respect and ensure the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly for its people. We are concerned about recent arrests and harassment of youth activists, and underscore the responsibility of the Government of the Democratic ...
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Ambassador Harper: Statement at the General Debate with the High Commissioner

Item 2:  General Debate with the High Commissioner Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America As Delivered by Ambassador Keith Harper Human Rights Council June 29, 2016 Mr. Vice President,   We thank the High Commissioner for his interim report requested last September detailing the progress Sri Lanka has made, and the ...
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The U.S. Renews its Commitment to Combating Forced Labor and the Worst Forms of Child Labor

To achieve this goal, the United States is determined to prevent goods produced by forced labor from entering our market. The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 strengthened the prohibition on the importation of goods made, in whole or in part, with forced or indentured child labor. We will continue to work with ...
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John Kerry Condemns the Barbaric Murder of a Locally-Hired Employee of the U.S. Mission in Bangladesh

The men and women of the U.S. State Department join me today in condemning the barbaric murder of Mr. Xulhaz Mannan, a locally-hired employee of our embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and another of his activist friends. We are profoundly saddened by the loss of one of our own in such a senseless act of violence, ...
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Ambassador Harper: End of Session Statement and Explanation for all HRC31 Resolutions

The United States strongly supports the new mandate on South Sudan. The wholesale disregard for human lives and rights has gone on too long, and must stop. We are pleased the Council adopted a consensus resolution on North Korean human rights that established a panel of experts to explore appropriate approaches to accountability.
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Release of Azerbaijani Human Rights Lawyer Intigam Aliyev

The United States welcomes the decision by the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan to conditionally release human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev. This follows the March 17 release of more than a dozen other individuals. We urge the government to release other individuals who have been incarcerated for exercising their fundamental freedoms and to end restrictions on ...
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U.S. Statement Introducing Resolution on Human Rights in South Sudan

Introduction: Resolution on Human Rights in South Sudan Human Rights Council, 31st Session United States Delegation, delivered by Ambassador Keith Harper March 23, 2016   As demonstrated by the OHCHR report issued early this month, the human rights situation in South Sudan is one of the gravest situations we face at the Human Rights Council. ...
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US Statement at Dialogue with the Independent Expert on the Central African Republic

Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert  on the Central African Republic Statement by the United States of America 31st Session of the Human Rights Council March 21, 2016 Geneva, Switzerland Delivered by Amanda Wall   The United States thanks the Independent Expert for her continued work on the human rights situation in the Central African ...
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Joint Statement on Freedom of Expression and Peaceful Transitions Within Democracies

JOINT STATEMENT HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL 31 AGENDA ITEM 3 March 11, 2016   FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, IN THE CONTEXT OF PEACEFUL TRANSITIONS WITHIN DEMOCRACIES [Please note that a shorter version of this statement was delivered, due to time constraints, but this full version is posted.] Thank you, Mr. Vice President. I have the honor to ...
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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Palau

We commend Palau for the steps taken to deter acts of domestic violence and protect survivors, including passing the Palau Family Protection Act in 2012, conducting public education efforts to combat abuse against children and women, extending the minimum wage to foreign workers, and allowing potential trafficking victims to break abusive contracts while pursuing legal ...
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Reports of Mass Graves and Serious Human Rights Abuses in Burundi

The United States is deeply alarmed by reports, including those from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, of serious human rights violations and abuses in Burundi, including eyewitness reports of mass graves, a sharp increase in alleged enforced disappearances and torture, and reports of sexual ...
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Gravely Concerned About Burundi Crisis, U.S. Imposes New Sanctions, Calls for Immediate Talks

United States Imposes New Sanctions, Calls for Immediate Burundi Talks    Press Statement Mark C. Toner Deputy Department Spokesperson Washington, DC December 18, 2015   The United States is gravely concerned about the ongoing crisis in Burundi and the potential for additional violence and has imposed new targeted sanctions against four individuals whose actions threaten ...
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U.S. Deeply Concerned by Recent Clashes in Oromia Region of Ethiopia

The United States Concerned By Clashes in Oromia, Ethiopia Press Statement Mark C. Toner Deputy Department Spokesperson Washington, DC December 18, 2015   The United States is deeply concerned by the recent clashes in the Oromia region of Ethiopia that reportedly have resulted in the deaths of numerous protestors. We greatly regret the deaths that ...
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HRC Statement Reaffirms Right to Freedom of Expression Including Creative and Artistic Expression

Latvia, Uruguay, and the United States led this joint statement which was joined by 57 states and delivered by Ambassador Janis Karklins, Permanent Representative of Latvia to the United Nations in Geneva. Joint Statement – Reaffirming the Right to Freedom of Expression Including Creative and Artistic Expression Human Rights Council Session 30 As Prepared for ...
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Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery

The United States welcomes this opportunity to thank the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery. We welcome the Special Rapporteur’s latest report on the roles of States and businesses in the elimination of contemporary forms of slavery from global supply chains.
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Ambassador Hamamoto: Remarks at the Power of Empowered Women Event

In recognition of the 15th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, we are interested in shining a light on the important role women are playing in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and in peace-building and peace-keeping, and we offer our support as we continue to push for women’s equal participation and an increased ...
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The Human Rights of Women: Eliminating and Preventing Domestic Violence

Around the world – including in the United States – violence against women and girls of all ages impedes economic development, threatens peace and prosperity, and inhibits full participation in civic life. Our efforts to prevent domestic violence and assist survivors are ongoing and too often inadequate. Punishment of those who batter their partners, children, ...
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U.S. Expresses Concern Over the Conviction of Shaikh Ali Salman in Bahrain

Concern Over the Conviction of Shaikh Ali Salman in Bahrain Press Statement John Kirby Department Spokesperson Washington, DC June 16, 2015     The U.S. Government is deeply concerned by the June 16 conviction and sentencing by a Bahraini court of Shaikh Ali Salman, the Secretary General of al Wifaq. As we have consistently said, ...
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Panel Discussion on the Right to Education by Every Girl

Panel discussion: Right to Education by Every Girl As Prepared for Delivery 29th Session of the UN Human Rights Council June 16, 2015 – Geneva The following statement was not delivered due to time constraints, but is included in official HRC Secretariat records. Thank you, Mr. Chairperson. The United States thanks the panelists for contributing ...
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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Maldives

We are concerned that recent developments, in which fair trial guarantees have not been upheld, call into question the independence and impartiality of the judiciary. We are particularly concerned by the use of politically-motivated prosecutions against critics of the courts and the government. The supreme court’s proceedings against the domestic Human Rights Commission are also ...
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