Dire Situation in Burundi Must Remain on Human Rights Council Agenda

We believe continued high-level engagement by the African Union and the United Nations, and positive action by all states in the region, are critical to bring Burundi back from the path of violence.

Read more

U.S. Underscores Deep Concern Regarding Terrible Humanitarian Toll on Civilians in Yemen

Ambassador Harper: Should the situation of human rights in Yemen fail to improve, we call upon this Council to take further action.

Read more

U.S. Explanation of Vote on Resolution on Right to Peace

The United States participated actively in the Working Group in order to try to find a constructive path forward on a declaration that affirms the relationship between human rights and peace.

Read more

The grave and deteriorating human rights and humanitarian situation in the Syrian Arab Republic

By passing this resolution, the Human Rights Council will continue to fulfill the important role of drawing global attention to the atrocities taking place in Syria at the hands of the Syrian regime and extremist groups.

Read more

U.S. Explanation of Vote on Resolution on the Rights of Peasants

We do not think that this resolution provides an appropriate focus for addressing the needs of persons in rural areas.

Read more

Resolution on the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The United States firmly believes that full and free participation of indigenous peoples is critical and a precondition to a successful process.

Read more

U.S. Explanation of Vote: HRC Resolution on the Question of the Death Penalty

The United States is disappointed that it must vote against this resolution. As in previous years, we had hoped for a balanced and inclusive resolution that would better reflect the position of states that continue to apply the death penalty lawfully.

Read more

U.S. Explanation of Position: Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples Resolution

The United States strongly supports efforts at the Human Rights Council and throughout the UN system to promote and protect the rights of indigenous peoples.

Read more

Ambassador Harper: Sri Lanka Resolution Supports Path to Lasting Peace

US Ambassador Keith Harper

On behalf of the core group, I am pleased to propose resolution L29 entitled, “Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka”.

Read more

U.S. Item 10 General Debate Statement at Human Rights Council

To truly achieve our shared goal, the United Nations must also work to assist governments to identify areas of concern and assist in the design and implementation of human rights protections.

Read more