Secretary of State John Kerry will host the leaders of several United Nations and other international humanitarian organizations at the U.S. Department of State on July 23 to discuss the humanitarian response to the ongoing Syrian crisis.
Participants expected for this meeting include Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA); Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); Filippo Grandi, Commissioner-General, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA); Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, World Food Program (WFP); William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM); as well as senior leaders from the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Learn More
The 23rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) underscored the importance of U.S. leadership to keep the HRC at the forefront of international efforts to promote and protect human rights. In this session, the United States ran an important consensus resolution on Freedom of Expression and the Empowerment of Women. As a member of the Council, the United States’ mission remains to highlight key human rights issues while vigorously opposing efforts to shield human rights violators. View Fact Sheet
The United States remains deeply concerned about deplorable human rights situations, especially in Syria, Iran, the DPRK, and Sudan.We deplore these countries’ targeted attacks against civilians—including, in the case of Syria, the regime’s use of advanced weaponry against civilians. Also of concern are their restrictions on religious freedom, freedoms of expression and assembly, and persecution of human rights lawyers and activists and their families. We call on all countries to not forcibly return those seeking to escape human rights violations in DPRK. We also highlight these countries of concern: