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

U.S. Mission to the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland

U.S. Representative to the Human Rights Council Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe

2012-03-22

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

Human Rights Council 19th Session, Geneva, Switzerland

Charles O. Blaha, Delegation of the United States of America

2012-03-22

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

Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations

2012-03-22

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

United States Mission to the OSCE, Vienna, Austria

Ian Kelly, Ambassador

2012-03-22

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

United States Mission to the OSCE, Vienna, Austria

Ian Kelly, Ambassador

2012-03-22

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

UN Human Rights Council 19th Session, Geneva, Switzerland

United States Mission Geneva

2012-03-22

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

UN Human Rights Council 19th Session, Geneva, Switzerland

United States Mission Geneva

2012-03-22

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

UN Human Rights Council 19th Session, Geneva, Switzerland

United States Mission Geneva

2012-03-22

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

State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland

2012-03-22

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

U.S. Response to OSCE Committee Chairs

Ambassador Ian Kelly, U.S. Mission to the OSCE

2012-03-22

Translated: English Русский عربي We welcome to the Permanent Council today the chairs of the three committees. Gentlemen, you have offered us useful, optimistic reports of the work that we... Read More

Cote d’Ivoire’s Engagement with HRC’s Mechanisms Contribute Positively to the Task of Reconciliation

Human Rights Council 19th Session, Geneva, Switzerland

Osman Tat, Delegation of the United States of America

2012-03-21

Madame President, The United States thanks the Independent Expert on Human Rights Doudou Diene for his work in Cote d’Ivoire. We also would like to acknowledge and thank President Ouattara... Read More

UPR Can Effect Real Change Around the World

Item 10 Human Rights Council 19th Session, Geneva, Switzerland

Kelly Landry, Delegation of the United States of America

2012-03-21

Madame Chair, The United States believes the Universal Periodic Review has the potential to effect real change in countries throughout the world. Therefore, when it came time for our national... Read More

Secretary Clinton on Syria and Afghanistan, with Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Zalmai Rassoul

Washington, DC

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

2012-03-21

SECRETARY CLINTON: Good morning, everyone. I am very pleased to welcome back to the State Department Foreign Minister Rassoul. He and I have worked closely together for several years. We... Read More

Situation in Syria: More Images

2012-03-20

For the latest statements from US officials on Syria, and a note from Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford, see Situation in Syria. New Images Posted June 28, 2012 Map: Numbers... Read More

WH Blog: On Nowruz, President Obama Speaks to the Iranian People

Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting Ben Rhodes

2012-03-20

On Nowruz, President Obama Speaks to the Iranian People In a video message earlier today, President Obama sent his best wishes to all who are celebrating Nowruz. Nowruz is a... Read More

Civil Society is Crucial to Protection and Promotion of Democracy and Human Rights

Agenda Item 8 Human Rights Council 19th Session, Geneva, Switzerland

Charles O. Blaha, Delegation of the United States of America

2012-03-20

The Vienna Declaration and Program of Action states, “Democracy is based on the freely expressed will of the people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems and... Read More

President Obama on Marking Nowruz

President Barack Obama

2012-03-20

A link to the video can be found here in English, Persian, and Arabic. Today, Michelle and I extend our best wishes to all those who are celebrating Nowruz around... Read More

Fact Sheet: Licensing Policy on Internet Freedom in Iran

U.S. Department of Treasury, Press Center

2012-03-20

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today issued guidance and licensing information to further support the free flow of information to citizens... Read More

Assistant Secretary Feltman on the 7th Anniversary of the Cedar Revolution

Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Jeffrey D. Feltman

2012-03-20

I want to thank all the Lebanese-American groups for organizing this event, and I appreciate seeing so many distinguished colleagues, guests, and friends – especially our elected representatives. It is... Read More

Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America on Human Rights and HIV/AIDS

UN Human Rights Council 19th Session, Geneva, Switzerland

Margaret Wang, Delegation of the United States of America

2012-03-20

The United States applauds the 2011 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS: Intensifying Global Efforts to Eliminate HIV/AIDS, which builds on previous momentum and provides a framework for moving us toward greater... Read More



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