Special Sessions of the HRC

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

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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

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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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U.S. Statement at the Special Session of the Human Rights Council on South Sudan

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We welcome this special session, which is urgently needed to address the grave human rights crisis in South Sudan. We thank our fellow core group members, Albania, Paraguay, and the United Kingdom, for their leadership.

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Human Rights Council Special Session on South Sudan

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We are concerned that insecurity appears to be spreading and that the government of South Sudan appears to be preparing for large scale attacks in Central Equatoria in the coming days or weeks.

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U.S. Statement at the Special Session of the Human Rights Council on Aleppo

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Theodore Allegra: Airstrikes by Russia and the Asad regime are the cause of this devastation, and they are the cause of this suffering…These shocking acts in Aleppo beg for an appropriate investigation and those who commit them must be held accountable.

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Ambassador Harper: HRC Special Session on Burundi – Now is the Time to Stand Against Violence

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The United States is committed to the goal of restoring peace and stability in Burundi.

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US Deeply Alarmed at Spiraling Violence in Burundi, U.S. Supports HRC Special Session

We believe that a Human Rights Council Special Session is urgently needed to address the human rights crisis in Burundi, and ask for the support of all delegations for a resolution that sends a powerful signal to those committing human rights abuses and violations on all sides.

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EOP on Boko Haram Special Session Resolution

The United States joins consensus on the resolution presented at this special session in solidarity with the countless individuals affected by Boko Haram-related violence.

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U.S. Explanation of Vote on the HRC Resolution on the situation in Gaza

The United States is deeply troubled by the resolution presented for adoption today. We will vote against it.

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U.S. Statement at the HRC Special Session on Gaza

The United States remains gravely concerned over the recent violence that has impacted Palestinian and Israeli civilians. We and others are working intensively to secure an immediate cessation of hostilities based on a return to the November 2012 cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas.

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