Human Rights Council

Death of Pakistani Human Rights and Democracy Advocate Asma Jahangir

We join Pakistan and others around the world in mourning the untimely death of Pakistani human rights and democracy advocate, Asma Jahangir.

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U.S. Statement at the Interactive Dialogue on Ukraine

Once again, the United States condemns the widespread abuses by Russian occupation authorities in Crimea and Russia’s forces in eastern Ukraine. We thank the Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine for its continued work and reporting, and we also thank the government of Ukraine for its continued close cooperation with this mechanism.

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U.S. Explanation of Vote – U.N. Human Rights Council Special Session on Burma


We are pleased to have cosponsored and voted for this important resolution, and we thank Bangladesh for their leadership in bringing this resolution forward.

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U.S. Statement at the UN Human Rights Council Special Session on Burma


The United States again calls on Myanmar authorities to respect the rights of its entire population, provide unhindered UN, humanitarian and media access throughout Burma, especially in Rakhine State, ensure justice for victims and accountability for those responsible for human rights violations and abuses, and take all necessary measures so that all persons can safely and voluntarily return to their places of origin.

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Statement on Anti-Israel Report and Comments by UN Special Rapporteur ‎Michael Lynk

The United States is deeply disturbed by recent comments from UN Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk calling for academic and economic boycotts against Israel.

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Accountability for Human Rights Abuses in Rakhine State, Burma

Actions by the United States in the pursuit of accountability and an end to violence.

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Statement by Ambassador Haley on the Election of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the UN Human Rights Council

Today’s election is yet another example of why the Human Rights Council (HRC) lacks credibility and must be reformed in order to be saved.

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Spokesperson Heather Nauert Addresses Vote Related to the Death Penalty at UNHRC36


The United States unequivocally condemns the application of the death penalty for conduct such as homosexuality, blasphemy, adultery, and apostasy.

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Key Outcomes of U.S. Priorities at the UN Human Rights Council’s 36th Session

At the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, September 11-29, U.S. leadership was active and effective in shaping the international response to urgent human rights situations.

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U.S. Explanation of Vote: Resolution on the Question of the Death Penalty

The United States is disappointed that it must vote against this resolution. As in previous years, we had hoped for a balanced and inclusive resolution that would better reflect the position of states that continue to apply the death penalty lawfully.

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