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    2016 Human Rights Report

    Promoting human rights and democratic governance is a core element of U.S. foreign policy. These values form an essential foundation of stable, secure, and functioning societies. Standing up for human rights and democracy is not just a moral imperative but is in the best interests of the United States in making the world more stable and secure. The 2016 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (The Human Rights Reports) demonstrate the United States’ unwavering commitment to advancing liberty, human dignity, and global prosperity.

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Nine Year Imprisonment of Bahai Leaders in Iran
May 15, 2017 | State Department Spokesperson, Heather Nauert

Nine years ago, seven leaders of Iran’s Bahai community were arrested and convicted of espionage, insulting religious sanctities, and propaganda against the Islamic Republic for activities related solely to their belief in and practice of their faith. They were unjustly sentenced to 20 years in prison. Fariba Kamalabadi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Behrouz Tavakkoli, Vahid Tizfahm, and Mahvash Sabet remain behind bars today, serving an unjust sentence for exercising their freedoms of religion, ...Read More

UPR 27th Session-Intervention for Poland
May 9, 2017 | U.S. Delegation to the UN Human Rights Council

As delivered by Sheila Leonard

Thank you Mr. President.

The United States welcomes the Polish delegation to the UPR Working Group.

We commend the progress made by Poland in addressing our 2012 UPR recommendation to institute law enforcement outreach to LGBTI communities and to increase hate crimes reporting. We also commend senior government officials for recent statements condemning anti-Semitism.

We remain deeply concerned about judicial independence, especially regarding Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal. We urge the government ...Read More

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Secretary Tillerson on World Press Freedom Day
May 3, 2017 | Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson

Today, on World Press Freedom Day, we reaffirm our commitment to promoting the fundamental principles of a free press around the world. We honor those men and women who work tirelessly, often at great personal risk, to tell the stories we would not otherwise hear. They are the guardians of democratic values and ideals.

The United States has a strong track record of advocating for and protecting press freedom. The U.S. Department of State offers ...Read More

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Universal Periodic Review–27th UPR Session
May 1, 2017 | U.S. Delegation to the UN Human Rights Council

U.S. interventions to the fourteen countries participating in Session 27: Bahrain; Ecuador; Tunisia; Morocco; Indonesia; Finland; United Kingdom; India; Brazil; Philippines; Algeria; Poland; Netherlands; and South Africa ...Read More
Secretary Tillerson at the United Nations Security Council Ministerial Session on D.P.R.K.
Apr 28, 2017 | Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Thank you, Secretary General, for that most helpful briefing. I shall now make a statement in my capacity as Secretary of State of the United States, and I thank you for the opportunity to address the Security Council.

According to UN Security Council Resolution 2321, a stated objective of this council is North Korea’s abandonment of its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

For the past 20 years, well-intentioned diplomatic efforts to halt ...Read More

UPR Working Group Information