Human Rights

United States | Republic of Korea Chuseok Holiday

United States – On behalf of the Government of the United States of America and the American people, I would like to wish the Korean people a very warm Chuseok holiday. During this time for homecoming and family gatherings, good food, and friendly gifts, we join you in giving thanks for the many blessings of … Continue reading United States | Republic of Korea Chuseok Holiday

MINSK, Belarus | UN reports uptick in civilian casualties in Ukraine

MINSK, Belarus— The United Nations says the number of civilian casualties in the conflict in eastern Ukraine has surged in the past three months. Fighting between Ukrainian government troops and Russia-backed separatists has killed more than 10,000 people since 2014. Hostilities have subsided since both sides signed a truce in 2015 but sporadic fighting persists … Continue reading MINSK, Belarus | UN reports uptick in civilian casualties in Ukraine

United States | Nicaragua’s Independence Day

United States – On behalf of the government of the United States, I send best wishes to the people of Nicaragua on the 197th anniversary of your independence on September 15. The United States stands with the people of Nicaragua as they call for freedom in the face of violent suppression at the hands of … Continue reading United States | Nicaragua’s Independence Day

ATLANTA | Jimmy Carter cautions Democrats not to scare off moderates

ATLANTA — Former President Jimmy Carter sees little hope for the U.S. to change its human rights and environmental policies as long as Donald Trump is in the White House, but he has a warning for his fellow Democrats looking to oust the current administration: Don’t go too far to the left. “Independents need to … Continue reading ATLANTA | Jimmy Carter cautions Democrats not to scare off moderates

CAIRO | UN rights commissioner blasts Egypt’s 75 death sentences

CAIRO— The U.N. human rights commissioner says it will be an “irreversible miscarriage of justice” if the death sentences issued by an Egyptian court against 75 people, including top Muslim Brotherhood leaders, are carried out. In a Sunday statement, Michelle Bachelet voiced concern over the sentences passed the previous day along with 47 life sentences … Continue reading CAIRO | UN rights commissioner blasts Egypt’s 75 death sentences

U.S. Department of State News: Vietnam’s Conviction of Peaceful Activist Le Dinh Luong

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State released the following statement: We are deeply concerned that a Vietnamese court has convicted Le Dinh Luong to 20 years in prison and 5 years probation under vague charges of “attempting to overthrow the people’s administration.” The trend of increased arrests and harsh sentences for peaceful activists in Vietnam … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Vietnam’s Conviction of Peaceful Activist Le Dinh Luong

GENEVA  | UN rights chief warns UN could ‘collapse’ without change

GENEVA  — The outgoing U.N. human rights chief says the Security Council’s five permanent members wield too much power at the United Nations, warning the world body could “collapse” if that doesn’t change. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein decried the sense among some U.N. member states that the “pentarchy” of Britain, China, France, Russia and the United … Continue reading GENEVA  | UN rights chief warns UN could ‘collapse’ without change

U.S. Department of State News: Release of Ilgar Mammadov

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State released the following statement: The United States welcomes the decision of the Azerbaijani Court of Appeal to release Republican Alternative Party Chairman Ilgar Mammadov, whose conviction and imprisonment for over five years raised serious concerns about the rule of law in Azerbaijan.  We call on the government to drop … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Release of Ilgar Mammadov