HRC Affirms that Human Rights Must Also Be Protected on the Internet (Resolution Text)

Press Conference Following Adoption of the Resolution

Text of the landmark resolution upholding the principle of freedom of expression and information on the Internet adopted by consensus by the HRC on July 5, 2012.

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U.S. Introduces Human Rights Council Resolution on The Right to a Nationality

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As many as 12 million people around the world are stateless. Without recognition as citizens by any government, stateless persons often lack access to legal employment, birth registration, marriage and property ownership, and face travel restrictions, all of which can increase the risk of exploitation and abuse, including trafficking in persons.

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OHCHR Support Can Help Mitigate Impact of Crises, Stabilize Government Institutions, Improve the Lives of Citizens

Kyrgyzstan, Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia, Libya, and Somalia have set positive examples of how cooperation with the OHCHR on technical assistance and capacity-building can enhance a government’s ability to protect and promote the human rights of its citizens.

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Open and Free Expression Exposes Bigotry and Hatred to the Forces of Reason and Criticism

We cannot agree with the idea that criminalizing speech or prohibiting expression are effective approaches to combating the roots of racial discrimination and bigotry.

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U.S. Statement at the Dialogue with the Independent Expert on Human Rights in Haiti

The institutional challenges that affect human rights and the rule of law in Haiti are difficult, but not insurmountable.

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U.S. Co-sponsors Joint Statement on Women’s Rights, Peace and Security

Times of transition present a period of immense vulnerability for women, but also a unique window of opportunity. Human rights violations and abuses must be prevented and the foundation for women’s longer term empowerment must be laid.

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International Community Stands Ready to Assist Governments in Protecting, Promoting Human Rights

Across the Middle East, and around the world, governments are being called on to ensure the human rights and aspirations of their citizens, to follow through on their promises to uphold those rights, and to hold accountable those who have committed serious human rights violations – including by effectively prosecuting officials responsible for those violations. The international community stands ready to assist those who seek our help.

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U.S. Continues to be Deeply Troubled By Human Rights Council’s Biased, Disproportionate Focus on Israel

We urge this Council to take a balanced, objective and constructive approach to the human rights situation in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. It is our sincere hope that this Council will eliminate this agenda item, as we have called for in the past.

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Human Rights Defenders and NGOs Must Never Be Made to Feel Threatened at HRC

We must ensure that no one who seeks to engage the Council is ever made to feel threatened while here or once they have returned home.

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Promotion and Protection of Human Rights Allows Multicultural Society to Flourish

The United States is firmly committed to the promotion and protection of human rights everywhere, including in multicultural contexts.

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