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  • Key U.S. Outcomes at the UN Human Rights Council 28th Session

    Key U.S. Outcomes at the UN Human Rights Council 28th Session

    The outcomes of the 28th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) underscored the importance of robust U.S. engagement at the Council, where the United States continues to work with countries from all regions to address urgent human rights concerns. Secretary of State John Kerry’s statement to the Council during the high-level segment reaffirmed that U.S. leadership has helped to keep the Council at the forefront of international efforts to promote and protect human rights. Seventy-eight states also made a groundbreaking commitment to countering violent extremism.

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  • Medal honoring Raoul Wallenberg

    Remembering Wallenberg's Legacy

    Raoul Wallenberg's story teaches us about the curetly of the perpetrators involved in the holocaust, the worst of mankind, and about the best of mankind. It teaches us about the difference that one person can make and about a legacy that continues to inspire change to this day.

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  • Ambassador Power on the Continued Detention of Chinese Women's Rights Activists

    Ambassador Power on the Continued Detention of Chinese Women's Rights Activists

    U.S. remains concerned at the continued detention of Wu Rongrong, Wei Tingting, Wang Man, Zheng Churan and Li Tingting (also known as Li Maizi). These women—who are becoming known to the world as the “Beijing+20 Five” —were arrested in advance of International Women’s Day for courageously taking action to help end sexual harassment.

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U.S. Co-sponsors Resolutions Expressing Deep Concern about Human Rights Violations in North Korea
Mar 27, 2015 | U.S. Mission to the UN Human Rights Council

The DPRK is among the world’s most pervasive deniers of freedoms and violators of human rights. As such, Member States should vote YES on this resolution, which condemns the systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights in the DPRK. Thank you, Mr. President. ...Read More
Human Rights Council Resolution on Continuing Grave Deterioration of Human Rights in Syria
Mar 27, 2015 | U.S. Representative to the UN Human Rights Council

The COI, despite denials of access, continues to provide critical reporting on the ongoing gross violations and abuses in Syria. The United States strongly supports the renewal of the COI’s mandate and urges other states to do so as well. We also applaud the courageous Syrian human rights defenders who, despite the grave risks, continue to document atrocities committed by all sides and share their findings with the international community. United with the Syrian community and the international community, we reiterate our call, for an immediate end to all violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law, especially those egregious, widespread, and continued violations committed by the Asad regime. The United States supports the text as presented, and urges all members to reject the proposed amendment to operative paragraph 13. That list of militia groups, whose participation in the conflict in Syria has exacerbated the situation there, has previously appeared in Syria resolutions at this Council and at the UN General Assembly, and those groups have also been named by the COI in its reporting. We urge all member states to vote “NO” on that proposed amendment and “YES” on the resolution as presented. ...Read More
U.S. Strongly Supports ILO Focus on Gender Based Violence in the Workplace
Mar 26, 2015 | U.S. Mission to the UN Human Rights Council

The resources and expertise of this organization are uniquely suited to addressing the appalling abuses that millions of workers face everyday in the workplace. We urge the Governing Body to place this item on the agenda of the International Labor Conference. ...Read More
U.S. Remarks at the Commemorative Meeting on the Occasion of the Internatinal Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery
Mar 26, 2015 | U.S. Deputy Representative to the United Nations

Today’s observance occurs during the first year of the International Decade of People of African Descent. The United States comes to the Decade with a full and robust commitment to ensuring the rights of persons of African descent, and to combating racism and discrimination against them, indeed, it is our commitment to members of all groups. So let us take this day to remember the victims of the transatlantic slave trade. Together, we abolished the transatlantic slave trade, and we must act in accordance with our international and domestic obligations to do the same for modern-day slavery. ...Read More
U.S. Looks forward to First Forum on Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in 2016
Mar 26, 2015 | Delegation of the United States of America

We look forward to the first forum in 2016 on the theme of “Widening the democratic space: the role of youth in public decision-making,” and to the other forum meetings to come. The United States will vote proudly in favor of this resolution. ...Read More

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