U.S. Explanation of Position On Burundi

Independent Human Rights Commission through legislation promulgated by the Burundian President on January 5. We look forward to learning more about Burundi’s efforts to set up the Commission and make it fully functional.

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Secretary Clinton: Adoption of Resolution 16/18 Countering Religious Intolerance a “Landmark Achievement”

Secretary Clinton: The United States welcomes today’s action by the UN Human Rights Council to further the international community’s efforts to combat religious intolerance. The consensus resolution adopted by the Council today represents a significant step forward in the global dialogue on countering intolerance, discrimination, and violence against persons based upon religion or belief. We appreciate the leadership shown by the Organization of the Islamic Conference and member states on today’s landmark achievement.

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The U.S. Supports the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances

The United States supports the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances and encourages all states to engage cooperatively with the Working Group as it undertakes activities in fulfillment of its mandate.

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Human Rights Council Votes to Establish a Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran

Ambassador Donahoe Urges HRC Members to Support Iran Resolution

The Human Rights Council voted March 24 to establish a special rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Iran. Speaking before the vote, Ambassador Donahoe noted that this was the first new country mandate established since the creation of the Human Rights Council in 2006 and said it sent a signal to the victims of abuses in Iran that the world has not forgotten them.

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White House Statement on Ending Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Random Wordle Word Cloud Based on Words in this Statement

President Obama believes that advancing the human rights of minorities and the marginalized is a fundamental American value. The President was pleased to announce during his trip to Brazil that he and President Rousseff agreed to promote respect for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals through the establishment of a special rapporteur on LGBT issues at the Organization of American States. This special rapporteur will be the first of its kind in the international system.

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U.S. Statement on Safe drinking Water and Sanitation Resolution

The United States is committed to promoting access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Yesterday, at the World Bank, Secretary Clinton highlighted the dire situation and the need for action

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EOV on the Composition of Staff of the Office of the OHCHR

The United States strongly supports that the paramount consideration in the employment of staff is securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.

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U.S. EOV on International Solidarity

The United States continues to believe that the issue of International Solidarity is not an issue that this Council should address. There are many other items that are more relevant to this Council, and this mandate diverts attention and resources away from those issues.

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The U.S. Co-sponsors Rights of the Child Resolution

The United States is extremely pleased to co-sponsor the “Rights of the Child resolution: a holistic approach to the protection and promotion of the rights of children working and/or living in the streets” and thanks the co-sponsors for their transparency and flexibility during the negotiations.

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U.S. EOV on Foreign Debt as a Human Rights Problem

The United States has long recognized the potentially harmful effects that excessive debt burdens can have on developing countries, especially Heavily Indebted Poor Countries. As such, debt relief continues to be an essential part of the United States’ foreign aid program.

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