U.S. Statement on Business and Human Rights

We continue to stress the importance of States’ implementation of their obligations under human rights law with respect to their own conduct.

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Explanation of Vote: Promotion of the human rights of peasants

The United States is deeply concerned about the challenges faced by people living and working in rural areas around the world. The Advisory Committee report cites the United Nations Millennium Development Project Task Force on Hunger, which shows that 80 percent of the world’s hungry live in rural areas and that 50 percent of the world’s hungry are subsistence farmers.

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U.S. Explanation of Vote: The Use of Mercenaries

The concerns of the United States related to this resolution are well-known and longstanding. Therefore, we request a vote and will vote no on the resolution.

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Explanation of Position: Water and Sanitation

The United States is pleased to join consensus today on the resolution, “The human right to safe drinking water and sanitation.” We thank the co-sponsors for working with us to reach agreed language.

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Explanation of Position: Terrorist Hostage-Taking

The U.S. share the grave concerns raised regarding kidnapping for ransom by terrorists, abhor such actions, unequivocally condemn impunity for hostage-takers, and firmly support efforts to end the practice of ransom payments.

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Explanation of Vote: Protection of Journalists

We thank the Austrian government for taking the lad on authoring this resolution, which is emblematic of its continued efforts to ensure freedom of expression and the safety of journalists worldwide.

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Explanation of Position: Human Rights Education and Training

The United States is pleased to join consensus on the resolution on the World Program for Human Rights Education.

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Resolution on Freedom of Peacable Assembly and Association Adopted by Consensus

The rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association are essential components of democracy and pillars of a thriving society.

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Explanation of Position: Extreme Poverty

The United States is pleased to join consensus on the resolution “Extreme Poverty and Human Rights”, which adopts the Guiding Principles on extreme poverty and human rights as a useful tool for States in the formulation and implementation of poverty reduction and eradication programs, as appropriate.

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U.S. Opposes Resolution on “Traditional Values:” Could Have Negative Effect on Women, Minorities, Vulnerable Groups

The concept of Traditional Values, not anchored to, or in conformity with, human rights law, undermines the universal principles enshrined in international human rights instruments, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and can have a particularly negative effect on the rights of women, minorities, LGBT individuals, and other vulnerable groups.

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