White House on U.N. Human Rights Council Vote on Sri Lanka

The United States welcomes today’s passage of the UN Human Rights Council resolution on “promoting reconciliation, accountability, and human rights in Sri Lanka …

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EOV on Resolution “Integrity of the judicial system”

Despite the resolution’s overarching goal of promoting the integrity of the judicial system throughout the world, sensible requests to expand the focus of the text beyond military tribunals to the broader issues related to judicial independence and separation of powers have been refused. The refusal to seriously consider these revisions calls into question whether the lead sponsor was negotiating in good faith.

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EOP on Resolution “The negative impact of the non-repatriation of funds of illicit origin to the countries of origin on the enjoyment of human rights”

This resolution does not reflect valuable progress made by relevant experts in the UNCAC’s Conference of States Parties and its Open-Ended Intergovernmental Expert Working Group on Asset Recovery to develop and share good practices, promote implementation of the convention and effective asset recovery, and set common goals through recommendations and resolutions.

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EOP on Resolution “Question of the realization in all countries of economic, social and cultural rights”

We interpret this resolution’s references to the obligations of States as applicable only to the extent they have assumed such obligations, and with respect to States Parties to the Covenant, in light of its Article 2(1). The United States is not a party to that Covenant, and the rights contained therein are not justiciable as such in U.S. courts.

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EOP on Resolution “Right to food”

It contains numerous references to “the world food crisis,” yet no such global crisis exists. Factors such as long-term conflicts, lack of strong governing institutions, and systems that deter investment and innovation contribute significantly to the recurring state of food insecurity in some parts of the world. We regret that this resolution does not even mention those issues.

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Statement by Secretary Kerry: UN Human Rights Council Vote on Sri Lanka Reconciliation

Today’s vote in the UN Human Rights Council sends a clear message: The time to pursue lasting peace and prosperity is now; justice and accountability cannot wait.

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Human Rights Council Adopts U.S.-Led Resolution on Freedom of Opinion and Expression

Given the importance of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, the resolution recognizes that the effective exercise of this right is a critical component for the enjoyment of other human rights and fundamental freedoms, and that it constitutes a fundamental pillar of any democratic society.

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HRC Adopts Resolution on Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability, and Human Rights in Sri Lanka

Paula Schriefer Head of the U.S. Delegation to the Human Rights Council

The resolution highlights this Council’s growing concern over persistent sexual and gender-based violence; enforced disappearances; extrajudicial killings; torture; violations of the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly; threats to judicial independence and the rule of law; as well as intimidation of and reprisals against human rights defenders, members of civil society, lawyers and journalists.

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General Debate on the Human Rights Components of Peacekeeping Missions

While we celebrate the successes of the UN’s human rights units, we are concerned about the challenges they continue to face. The work of the rule of law, police and human rights units’ activities should be better integrated within each mission.

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U.S. Statement at the Adoption of the UPR Working Group Report for Israel

We are concerned that some states issued recommendations to Israel that clearly fall outside the scope and mandate of this Council and the UPR review process and should only be addressed by the Israeli and Palestinian parties jointly as part of a process of direct bilateral negotiations.

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