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U.S. Statement at the HRC 29 on Human Rights and Climate Change
Jul 2, 2015 | UN Human Rights Council – 29th Session

...this resolution raises some serious concerns for the United States. We regret that the sponsors missed an opportunity to discuss climate change issues through a true human rights lens. That means ensuring that States respect their human rights obligations to persons in their territories when they react to climate change. ...Read More
HRC Dialogue with the Independent Expert for Cote d’Ivoire
Jul 1, 2015 | U.S. Representative to the UN Human Rights Council, Ambassador Keith Harper

We applaud the IE’s continued monitoring of the political process, especially in relation to electoral reform, political inclusivity, and voter participation. We also share the IE’s concerns regarding the importance of freedoms of peaceful assembly and expression for all individuals during the electoral period. We support efforts to encourage the government to respect these human rights. ...Read More
A Day to Galvanize Action On Conflict-Related Sexual Violence
Jun 30, 2015 | Foreign Service Officers, Stephenie Foster and Blake Peterson

Earlier this month the United Nations General Assembly declared June 19th the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict. This new international commemoration will provide the international community an additional platform on which to stand in solidarity with the survivors and pay tribute to those working to end sexual violence in conflict.

And it couldn’t come at a more critical time. Sexual violence in conflict -- against women, girls, men and ...Read More

The Role of Youth, Women, Religious Groups, and Civil Society in Preventing Violent Extremism
Jun 30, 2015 | Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Rob Berschinski

Deputy Assistant Secretary Berschinski at the Central and South Asia Regional Conference on Countering Violent Extremism

Now we need to take each instance of radicalization within a local context, but there is a generalizable point to be made that populations that have access to transparent and non-corrupt governance, the rule of law, and the fundamental freedoms of expression, religious belief, association, and assembly tend to have fewer grievances and more outlets for what grievances they do have, and are thus more resistant to the call of violent extremism. ...Read More
USUN at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Implementation of Note S/2010/507 (Wrap-Up Session)
Jun 30, 2015 | Alternate Representative to the UN for Special Political Affairs, Ambassador David Pressman

Yesterday, Burundi recklessly moved forward with elections, despite the African Union, the United Nations Secretary-General, and others urging delay. The risk for mass violence in Burundi remains acute. The elections yesterday were conducted in an environment that was not free, fair, or transparent – these were simply not credible elections. In the face of real risks of instability and grave violence, instead of allowing space for the opposition to speak, to demonstrate, to organize, the government of Burundi has done the reverse: ratcheting up restrictions, locking up opponents, shutting down radio stations, arming youth militias, and intimidating those who disagree. They do this as President Nkurunziza continues to seek a third term in office directly violating commitments undertaken in the Arusha Agreement. The government of Burundi must restore independent media outlets; release political detainees; condemn violence; ensure credible Presidential elections; and allow space for political opposition and civil society to function without fear of retribution. ...Read More
Ambassador Power at a Commemoration Ceremony on the 70th Anniversary of the Signing of the UN Charter
Jun 29, 2015 |

The signatures on the UN Charter that June day were making both a plea for peace and a promise; a promise to future generations that nations would work harder to protect them from the scourge of war; to reaffirm basic human rights and dignity; to establish conditions under which treaties and international law could be maintained; and to promote social progress and better standards of living for everyone.

The signatories themselves may not have agreed on everything, but in drafting the UN Charter, they shared this common vision...a universal prayer for peace, for protecting the weak, and for defending the dignity and rights of all peoples.

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