United States Welcomes Engagement by Human Rights Council on Abuses in DRC

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The United States welcomes today’s engagement by the Human Rights Council on the issue of the mass rapes that occurred in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) between 30 July and 2 August. The United Nations Security Council has clearly recognized the importance of protecting the women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from all forms of violence.

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Statement by the United States on the Tomuschat Committee Report

We appreciate that the Tomuschat Committee did not jump to conclusions on Israeli motives or recommend follow up in the UN, however we remind the HRC that the United States opposed the creation and mandate of this committee, which stems from the deeply flawed Goldstone report. We have detailed those concerns and need not repeat them here.

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Item 6: General Debate on the Universal Periodic Review Process

The United States believes the Universal Periodic Review is a positive contribution to the international Human Rights agenda and an essential component of the Human Rights Council.

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Item 4: General Debate on Human Rights Situations Requiring Council Attention

We begin by commending the many countries that have engaged with the HRC special procedures this year for working with the international community to address human rights and domestic political challenges in their countries.

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Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in Sudan

We thank Justice Othman for his dedication and work in monitoring and raising awareness about the human rights situation in Sudan. We note that his report thanks the Government of National Unity, the Government of Southern Sudan, UNMIS and UNAMID and the UN agencies in Sudan for their cooperation and valuable assistance provided.

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Interactive Dialogue with the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Children in Armed Conflict

The United States believes strongly in the protection of children from abuse and exploitation in armed conflict. We are dismayed at the continuing reports of children being killed, maimed, raped, sexually abused, forced to bear arms as child soldiers, forced into sexual slavery, used for exploitative labor purposes, and other deplorable acts at young ages.

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Ambassador Donahoe: Statement on Item 2, Human Rights Council 15th Session

The United States would like to once again commend the work of the High Commissioner and her team, and to offer our support for the important work of the OHCHR and its field missions. We would also like to take a moment to recognize the courage and persistence of human rights defenders worldwide. We draw inspiration from the work they do to defend and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms in their communities every day.

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