"While the human rights situation has improved over the past year, Mali remains a fragile country facing numerous challenges relating to transitional justice, security reform, economic recovery, peace building, and reconciliation."
"While Iran has begun to shift its rhetoric on human rights, the United States remains deeply concerned that Iran continues to suppress free expression and civil society, harass members of its ethnic and religious minority populations, and imprison human rights defenders and journalists on politically-motivated charges."
The Department of State is pleased to announce the U.S. Delegation attending the 58th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) to be held, March 10–21, 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York.
They will be accompanied by the following five Public Delegates:
Other members of the U.S. Delegation include technical experts from the Department of State, including the United States Mission to the United Nations and several bureaus and offices; USAID; and the Federal Emergency Management Agency of the Department of Homeland Security; as well as officials from the White House; the U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations; and Representative Barbara Lee, a Congressional Delegate to the UN General Assembly.
The theme of this year’s session is “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.”
Deputy Assistant Secretary Paula Scriefer: …we support their message to all South Sudanese on the importance of respecting human rights. The United States is deeply concerned with reports from South Sudan of extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detention, sexual and gender-based violence, enforced disappearances, and torture.
We acknowledge the extraordinary responsibility undertaken by UNMISS to shelter over 70,000 South Sudanese in seven UN compounds. We also appreciate the work of the Human Rights Division of the UN Mission, and thank the Human Rights Officers for their work. We look forward to their next report and recommendations.
Finally, we are pleased to note that Assistant Secretary General Simonovic will be visiting Ukraine in the coming days and look forward to his reporting. Read More
"This is about accountability. It’s about ending impunity. And it’s about a fight that has gone on for centuries, as long as human beings have been able to think and write and speak and act on their own. The struggle for rights and dignity couldn’t be more relevant to what we are seeing transpire across the globe. The places where we face some of the greatest national security challenges today are also places where governments deny basic human rights to their nations’ people, and that is no coincidence."
““Strong nations recognize the value of active citizens. They support and empower their citizens rather than stand in their way, even when it is inconvenient – or perhaps especially when it is inconvenient – for government leaders.”
- President Barack Obama said this at the Civil Society Roundtable at the UN General Assembly in September 2013.
How does your government support its citizens?- Read the 2013 #HumanRights Report
"After three years of slaughter and savagery, people rightfully will question whether progress is possible, but this resolution holds the promise of something real. The proof is on paper. By naming the areas in Syria where sieges must be lifted, demanding that hospitals, schools and other places where civilians gather must be demilitarized, insisting that aid must be allowed to cross borders and follow the most direct routes to the suffering, and by underscoring that attacks against civilians, including barrel bombing, must end, the international community hasn’t minced words. This is a resolution of concrete steps to answer the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today."
"There is only one measure of success of a comprehensive agreement with Iran, and that is if an agreement means that Iran will never obtain a nuclear weapon and that the international community will have assurance in the exclusively peaceful nature of a nuclear program in Iran. That is our objective. We have begun very tough negotiations that will go on through July. We hope to get to a successful end and to a comprehensive agreement at that time. We have set a framework and a timetable for the negotiations."