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    HumanRights.gov is Moving to State.gov

    Starting on August 1, 2017, you can find all U.S.-government related human rights content at state.gov/j/drl/. You can also follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/stateDRL/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/State_DRL).

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    The Nelson Mandela Rules: Honoring a Prisoner Turned World Leader

    Mandela — who slept on a thin mattress, performed intense lime quarry labor, and was allowed no visits from his children while incarcerated — believed prisoners deserve as much respect as free citizens. Later in his life, he declared: “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”

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  • Key Outcomes of U.S. Priorities at the UN Human Rights Council's 35th Session

    Key Outcomes of U.S. Priorities at the UN Human Rights Council's 35th Session

    At the 35th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), U.S. leadership proved critical to shaping the international response to urgent human rights situations. U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Haley attended the opening of the session and confirmed the U.S. commitment to human rights while reinvigorating discussions on reform of the HRC. In her address in the HRC chamber and a speech at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Ambassador Haley laid out the U.S.’ position on future involvement with the Human Rights Council. She highlighted the need for reform of the HRC to make it more effective and accountable, including by eliminating the biased agenda item focused solely on Israel.

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Media Literacy and Press Freedom in the 21st Century
Jul 19, 2017 | DipNote Bloggers

A journalist poses in front of a quote by Phil Graham.

Caption: A journalist poses in front of a quote by Phil Graham while touring the Washington Post’s newsroom in Washington, D.C.

While touring the Washington Post’s storied newsroom, a group of visiting foreign journalists paused to reflect on a quotation emblazoned above them on ...Read More

Five Best Practices to Address Hate Crime and Bias-Motivated Violence Targeting the LGBTI Community
Jul 7, 2017 | DipNote Bloggers

The State Department recognizes LGBTI Pride Month as part of an effort to affirm fundamental freedoms of association and expression and that LGBTI persons continue to face violence and discrimination when they express these freedoms. We believe that when all persons are protected on the basis of equality, they can live with dignity, build stronger communities, and promote peace and democratic values around the world. ...Read More
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On the Passing of Liu Xiaobo
Jul 13, 2017 | Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson

Today, I join those in China and around the world in mourning the tragic passing of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died while serving a lengthy prison sentence in China for promoting peaceful democratic reform. Mr. Liu dedicated his life to the betterment of his country and humankind, and to the pursuit of justice and liberty.

My heartfelt condolences go out to Liu’s wife Liu Xia and all of his loved ones. ...Read More

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Explanation of Vote Following the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2366 on Colombia
Jul 10, 2017 | U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Michele Sison

We recognize the road ahead will pose challenges, but I assure you that the United States is fully committed to the implementation of the peace accord and to the promotion of security, justice, prosperity, and respect for human rights for all Colombians. ...Read More
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Ambassador Nikki Haley’s Statement on Burma Blocking United Nations Human Rights Fact-Finding Mission
Jul 10, 2017 | U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Nikki R. Haley

Recently, Burmese officials announced their government would deny visas to members of a human rights fact-finding mission, established by the Human Rights Council earlier this year, to investigate human rights violations committed by security forces in Burma.

"No one should face discrimination or violence because of their ethnic background or religious beliefs. It is important that the Burmese government allow this fact-finding mission to do its job. The international community cannot overlook ...Read More

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