Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Libya

Report by the Commission of Inquiry and Chairperson Cherif Bassiouni documents evidence of the serious crimes committed in large part by the Qaddafi government, including the use of excessive force against peaceful demonstrators, arbitrary detention and enforced disappearances, torture and continued targeted attacks against civilians, mosques, hospitals, and humanitarian ships.

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U.N. Expert Calls Internet Freedom Fundamental but Often Violated

Report by HRC Special Rapporteur says that in the 21st century that has to include freedom on the Internet – a freedom it says many countries are increasingly failing to honor.

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The Human Voice of Freedom: Panel Discussion on the Internet and Human Rights

The Human Voice of Freedom

This interactive discussion, to be webcast via CO.NX (see link below) will feature human rights activists from across the world, along with highly regarded experts in the field of social media, to discuss the importance of a free Internet to the promotion of human rights and freedom of expression.

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Item 3: Protection and Promotion of Human Rights

President Obama reiterated the support of the U.S. for human rights and fundamental freedoms, including free speech, the freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom of religion, equality for men and women under the rule of law, and the right to choose leaders. President Obama also reaffirmed that these principles are universal rights—to be enjoyed by all persons, regardless of where they live.

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The Obama Administration is committed to reducing and eliminating violence against women

We thank Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo for her report on her 2011 visit to the United States. The Special Rapporteur’s trip drew welcome attention to the issue of eliminating violence against women, a goal towards which the United States has devoted substantial resources at home and abroad.

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U.S. Statement: Internet access and violence against women

States must ensure that Internet access is available, even during times of political unrest. It is unacceptable for a government to suspend user accounts on social networking sites, or to cut off access entirely, for engaging in non-violent political speech. The United States encourages the Special Rapporteur to further examine the role of states in disabling national or regional Internet access for political reasons.

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U.S. Thanks SR Heyns for his Report to the Council on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions

We also thank Special Representative Ruggie for his report and express our great appreciation for his work advancing the field of business and human rights during his mandate.

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US Welcomes Focused Reporting in High Commissioner's Report to 17th HRC

The United States welcomes the breadth of reporting from the High Commissioner’s office this session. We appreciate your focused attention on recent events, including reporting on Syria, Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, and Cote d’Ivoire.

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Human Rights Council Unequivocally Condemns Use of Lethal Violence Against Peaceful Protests in Syria

Press Statement by Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe Following the Adoption by the Human Rights Council of a Resolution on the Current Human Rights Situation in Syria April 29, 2011 The Human Rights Council (HRC) today adopted a resolution establishing an urgent fact finding Mission by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to […]

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Ambassador Donahoe Speaks with the Press at HRC Special Session on Syria

This past week the facts on the ground in Syria focused our attention and galvanized the international community to act. So today’s Special Session is very important for two reasons, and we have two goals in holding this session.

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