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Item 9: Interactive Dialogue on High Commissioner's systemic racism report

Madam Vice-President, We thank the High Commissioner for the presentation of her report on systemic racism and welcome her agenda towards transformative change for racial justice and equality. We echo the concerns raised in the report on the deeply…
Delegates attend a session on racism and police brutality, a resolution in the wake of the death of George Floyd, at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland on June 19, 2020.
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Item 2: Interactive Dialogue on High Commissioner’s annual report

High Commissioner, last session you underlined the importance of an “independent and comprehensive assessment of the rights situation” in Xinjiang, and indicated your Office was assessing reports of “arbitrary detention, ill-treatment and sexual…
Delegates sit at the opening of the 41th session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, June 24, 2019.
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Submission to the UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons

This submission is based on Human Rights Watch research on human rights issues impacting older women,[1] including domestic violence, abuse, and neglect in residential institutions for older people, abuses during armed conflict, and health disparities…
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Human Rights Watch Statement - Item 9 General Debate

Madam President, We thank the High Commissioner for her update on the implementation of resolution 43/1, and welcome the joint statement delivered by the United States on combatting racism and racial discrimination. We echo concerns raised on the…
Demonstrators kneel outside the Long Beach Police Department in Long Beach, California during a protest on May 31, 2020. 
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Item 9 General Debate - HRC45

Madame President, Human Rights Watch welcomes the first oral update on the implementation of resolution 43/1, which underlines structural racism’s devastating impacts on human rights. Structural racism is caused by government policies,…
Demonstrators gather at the Minnesota governor's mansion Monday, June 1, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn. Protests continued following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. 
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The United States ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, wrote a letter to Human Rights Watch and 17 other human rights organizations blaming them, in part, for the US decision to leave the UN Human Rights Council. It contained…
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks in the U.N. Security Council at U.N. headquarters in New York City, U.S., February 28, 2017.
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Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions

We welcome the first report of the Independent Expert on SOGI-related violence and discrimination. We recognize that some States opposed creation of the mandate, but are encouraged that it was reaffirmed by the General Assembly with support from all UN…
Delegates arrive for the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, February 27, 2017.
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Item 2 – Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner on his Annual Report

We share the High Commissioner’s concerns about current threats to human rights values, and to the international framework itself. Whether the Council can rise to these challenges will depend on a number of factors. First, leadership: many…
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Statement delivered under Item 6

Human Rights Watch urges the United States to improve how it implements accepted UPR recommendations. While the United States has properly sought to engage civil society prior to its review, as well as during its consideration of recommendations, we are…
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During its Consideration of the Fourth Periodic Report of the United States

Human Rights Watch submitted this statement in advance of the United Nations Human Rights Committee’s upcoming pre-sessional review of the United States. We hope that the points raised in this submission will inform the Committee’s understanding of the US…
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The US Government's Relationship with the UN Human Rights Council

A little more than two years ago Human Rights Watch welcomed the decision by the United States to seek a seat on the UN Human Rights Council. Having worked to advance human rights at the Council since its creation in 2006, we were intimately familiar with…
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Oral Statement at the 16th Session of the Human Rights Council

When the UN Human Rights Council met to adopt the US Universal Periodic Review, HRW Geneva Advocacy Director Julie de Rivero was one of only 10 representatives of non-governmental organizations to make an oral statement. The text of that statement follows…
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Submission to the 9th UPR session (November 2010)

Executive SummaryEquality and DiscriminationRight to Life, Liberty, and Security of PersonAdministration of JusticeMigrants, Refugees, and Asylum SeekersHuman Rights and CounterterrorismAppendix of Human Rights Watch Reports and Research Executive…
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Submission to the 8th session of the UPR (May 2010)

I. Summary Since independence from France in 1958 the human rights of ordinary Guineans have been systematically undermined under the successive leaderships of Ahmed Sékou Touré until 1984, and then Lansana Conté until his death in December 2008. The…