Update by the OHCHR Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine

Item 10: Oral Update on Ukraine Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America As Delivered by Ambassador Keith Harper U.S. Representative to the Human Rights Council Thank you Mr. Vice President, The United States thanks the OHCHR Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU) for their continued robust reporting on the situation […]

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Ambassador Harper: Statement at the General Debate on the Vienna Declaration & Programme of Action

The Vienna Declaration calls for democracy, justice, equality, and the rule of law. The United States is concerned about backsliding on these key principles necessary for the protection and full enjoyment of human rights.

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Dialogue with Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent

Ambassador Harper: The United States has made great progress toward countering racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related forms of intolerance, but we acknowledge much remains to be done. Although we may not agree with all of its factual or legal conclusions, we thank the Working Group for its findings from its constructive visit.

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U.S. Statement at the Panel on Integration of a Gender Perspective

At the U.S. Mission in Geneva, we promote gender integration and encourage others to do so as well through the Future She Deserves initiative, which aims to leverage Geneva-based institutional mechanisms and multilateral fora to improve opportunities for women and girls. The Future She Deserves focuses on ensuring adolescent girls’ access to health services, preventing and responding to gender-based violence, empowering women and girls economically, and promoting leadership opportunities and gender parity within the UN.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Thailand

We are also pleased the Royal Thai Government has agreed to return civilian trials to civilian courts, and we encourage the Government to expand this order to include the nearly 500 civilian cases currently pending in military courts.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Tanzania

While we note that the Government formally accepted our recommendation to respect and guarantee the universal right of its citizens in Zanzibar to elect their government through genuinely free and fair elections, we are deeply concerned that respect for human rights and the protection of democracy for all citizens is declining in Tanzania.

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Tajikistan

We call upon the Tajik Government to repeal legislation facilitating the blockage of Internet content and telecommunications more generally. Under this law, the State Committee for National Security has the authority to interrupt Internet and other telecommunication services during so-called “security operations.”

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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Swaziland

Although we are pleased with the Kingdom of Swaziland’s support for these recommendations, we remain deeply concerned that the latest set of reforms of the Suppression of Terrorism Act and Public Order Act continue to suppress individuals’ exercise of their freedom of association and right of peaceful assembly.

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Ambassador Harper: Half-Day Panel Discussion on Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls

The United States thanks the panel for its presentation. We greatly support and welcome continued UN attention to violence against indigenous women to address its causes and consequences, including at the upcoming 2017 Commission on the Status of Women and by UN Women.

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Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on the Rights on Indigenous Peoples and EMRIP Chair

Ambassador Harper: “The United States strongly supports the mandate of the Special Rapporteur, but we do not agree with all conclusions and recommendations on how international investment affects Indigenous Peoples in her most recent report.”

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