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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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Amabssador Haley at a UN Security Council Thematic Debate on Human Rights
Apr 18, 2017 | U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Nikki Haley

Thirty years ago, my predecessor, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, made the case that human rights have a special place in foreign policy. It had been just two years since the General Assembly passed its outrageous resolution equating Zionism with racism. Moynihan thought tolerance and compassion could use a win at the UN, and as usual, he was right. The first argument he offered for paying more attention to this subject was that human rights are inalienable ...Read More

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Ambassador Haley on Reports of Detentions and Killings in Chechnya
Apr 17, 2017 | U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Nikki Haley

We continue to be disturbed by reports of kidnapping, torture, and murder of people in Chechnya based on their sexual orientation and those persecuted by association. If true, this violation of human rights cannot be ignored – Chechen authorities must immediately investigate these allegations, hold anyone involved accountable, and take steps to prevent future abuses.

We are against all forms of discrimination, including against people based on sexual orientation. When left unchecked, discrimination and human ...Read More

UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Somalia
Apr 13, 2017 | U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Michele J. Sison

The cycle of violence in Somalia and the region cannot be broken without good governance. We strongly support President Farmaajo’s and Prime Minister Khayre’s focus on combatting corruption, and welcome the new Federal Government of Somalia’s financial disclosure and code of conduct requirements for ministers. ...Read More
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International Roma Day
Apr 7, 2017 | Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson

On behalf of the United States, I wish all Roma everywhere a happy International Roma Day.

On April 8, we celebrate the rich cultural heritage and many societal contributions of the Roma, including the over one million Americans of Romani descent.

To commemorate this day, the United States reaffirms our commitment to the inclusion and equal treatment of all Roma people, wherever they call home.

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Secretary Tillerson Remarks on China Summit
Apr 6, 2017 | Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson

Similarly, the United States will protect our citizens and our institutions against cyber attacks. On other areas of disagreement, such as human rights and religious freedom, the United States will be firm in representing our core democratic values and advocating for the right of all people to live in freedom. ...Read More

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