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Syria Resolution Highlights Growing Unity of International Community, Isolation of Three Who Voted Against

L 38 Rev 1 Syria – As Adopted March 23 by the Human Rights Council This session of the Human Rights Council opened with an Urgent Debate on Syria and... Read More

HRC Adopts Resolution on Combatting Intolerance and Discrimination

The United States welcomes the consensus adoption of the resolution on combating intolerance, discrimination, and violence against persons based upon religion or belief. This marks the one-year anniversary of this... Read More

U.S. Support for Egypt

Today, Secretary Clinton has certified to Congress that Egypt is meeting its obligations under its Peace Treaty with Israel. The Secretary has also waived legislative conditions related to Egypt’s democratic... Read More

U.S. Support to Regional Efforts to Counter the Lord’s Resistance Army

In May 2010, President Obama signed into law the Lord’s Resistance (LRA) Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act, which reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to support regional partners’ efforts to end... Read More

President Obama Proclamation on Cesar Chavez Day, 2012

One of our Nation's great civil rights leaders, Cesar Estrada Chavez came of age as a migrant farm worker, witnessing the injustice that pervaded fields and vineyards across California. Facing... Read More

U.S. Engagement Helped Spur Series of Actions at 19th Session of HRC

The United Nations Human Rights Council’s 19th Regular Session helped spur action on a series of important human rights situations around the world, in part due to vigorous U.S. engagement.... Read More

Secretary Clinton on UN Human Rights Council Vote on Sri Lanka Reconciliation

Today’s action by the UN Human Rights Council encourages the Government of Sri Lanka to continue on the path toward reconciliation following 27 years of civil war. The United States,... Read More

Women's Education is Women's Empowerment

Good morning everyone. Thank you Deputy Director Peterson (U.S. Mint) for the kind introduction and thank you Michele Satchell (EEO Program Manager, U.S. Mint) for asking me to deliver today’s... Read More

Statement on LGBT Rights in Russian Federation and Moldova

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. We take this moment to subscribe to the joint statement of Canada, Iceland, Switzerland, and Norway delivered at the Permanent Council on March 15, which articulated... Read More

U.S. Introduces HRC Resolution Promoting Reconciliation and Accountablity in Sri Lanka

The United States is pleased to introduce draft resolution L.2, on Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka for consideration and approval by this Council. This resolution enjoys the broad... Read More

The White House Press Secretary on Mali

The United States strongly condemns the violence initiated by elements of the armed forces of Mali. We call for the immediate restoration of constitutional rule in Mali, including full civilian... Read More

HRC Resolution Important Not Only for People of Sri Lanka, but for Human Rights in General

Ambassador Donahoe: My deepest wish is that this resolution and the result we just observed is an important step in a process of helping the Sri Lankan people move toward... Read More

U.S. Objects to HRC’s Creation of One-sided Fact Finding Mission on Israeli Settlements

The United States continues to be deeply troubled by this Council’s biased and disproportionate focus on Israel, as exemplified by the creation of yet another one-sided United Nations mechanism related... Read More

Ambassador Rice on the Adoption of the Human Rights Council Resolution on Sri Lanka

Today, the UN Human Rights Council took strong action to promote a durable, just and equitable peace in Sri Lanka. The resolution adopted convincingly today promotes reconciliation and accountability after... Read More

U.S. at OSCE on LGBT Rights in Russia, Moldova

We take this moment to subscribe to the joint statement of Canada, Iceland, Switzerland, and Norway delivered at the Permanent Council on March 15, which articulated concerns about the newly... Read More

Ambassador Kelly on Human Rights Situation in Belarus

The United States continues to be deeply concerned about serious violations of human rights, fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law in Belarus. As noted in the May 2011 Decaux... Read More

U.S. Joins Resolution on the Realization of Global Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The United States congratulates the co-sponsors of this resolution and joins consensus on this resolution today. As Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Michael Posner stated in March... Read More

U.S. Joins Consensus on HRC Resolution on the Right to Food

Thank you, Madame President. The United States joins consensus, despite some concerns, on this resolution on the right to food. Improving global food security is a key foreign policy objective... Read More

U.S. Joins Consensus on HRC Resolution on Housing in Disaster Settings

The United States is pleased to join consensus on this resolution that addresses housing in the context of disaster settings. We welcome the focus on adequate housing in the context... Read More

State Dept. on Southern Kordofan, Sudan–South Sudan Talks

Translated: English Français فارسی عربي On Violence in Southern Kordofan and Negotiations Between Sudan and South Sudan The United States is alarmed by the threat of greater violence between the... Read More


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