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Deputy Secretary Sullivan Delivers A Keynote Address At The United States Institute Of Peace

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will deliver a keynote address on humanitarian assistance at the United States Institute for Peace at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, 2018.

The event is open to the press. All interested press must RSVP to Paul Johnson, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), at 202-429-7174 or via e-mail at pjohnson@usip.org by Wednesday, March 21 at 5:00 p.m.

Due to the limited space for media at the event, USIP reserves the right to limit the number of representatives of each media outlet attending the event.

The event will be streamed live on USIP’s website. The event will be streamed live on www.state.gov, Facebook.com/usdos, and BNET. Follow @StateDept for more information.

For further information from the Department of State, please contact the Office of Press Relations at (202) 647-2492 or contact PAPressDuty@state.gov.

Human Rights Council 37: Democratic Republic Of The Congo

This UK Statement was delivered at the 37th Session of the Human Rights Council during the Interactive Dialogue on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, held 20 March 2018

The Human Rights Council takes place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

The Human Rights Council takes place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

The United Kingdom expresses its deep concern at the human rights situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Current trends are deeply worrying and point to the erosion of human rights in a country whose people have suffered for too long. Of particular concern is the analysis by the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office in the DRC that 60% of the 744 recorded Human Rights violations in January of this year were committed by State agents. Mr President, this shows that the Government of the DRC needs to do far more to ensure that the police, security services and in particular the armed forces operate according to the highest international standards.

The DRC has now taken up its place on this Council. It is incumbent on all Council members to set the very highest standards of human rights as an example to other nations. We call upon the government of the DRC to ensure that it lives up to its responsibilities as a member of this council.

Key to this is ensuring that elections scheduled to take place on 23 December this year are credible and constitutional. This will pave the way for the first peaceful, democratic transition of power in the independent history of the DRC. In this context we note with concern the continued shrinking of political space, including restrictions on the ability of those opposed to the government to protest peacefully and the failure to implement the St Sylvestre Accord of 31 December 2016 in full. It is imperative that the government fulfils its pledges to its people by implementing confidence building measures, including the release of political prisoners.

We would like to ask the High Commissioner for his views on what the DRC government is doing to ensure the opening up of political space to give the Congolese people faith in their electoral process and how can the international community support these efforts?

Human Rights Council 37: General Debate Item 9

This UK statement was delivered at 37th Session of the Human Rights Council during the General Debate on Item 9, held 20 March 2018

The session takes place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

The session takes place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

As we will celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of all Forms of , the UK would like to reiterate its strong commitment towards the total elimination of all forms of racial discrimination. The UK Government is committed to creating a fair society in which all people, of whatever ethnic origin or background, are valued and able to participate fully and realise their own potential.

The Prime Minister Theresa May launched the UK’s race disparity audit on the Ethnicity Facts and Figures website in October. The new website – a first of its kind in terms of scale, scope and transparency – covers more than 145 topics in areas including health, education, employment and criminal justice. It highlights the differences in outcomes for people of different backgrounds in the United Kingdom.

The Prime Minister has challenged society to “explain or change” disparities. The audit now means that for our society as a whole – for government, for UK public services – there is nowhere for such disparities to hide. The audit has revealed difficult truths, but the UK is keen to shine a light on injustices in order to make the country work for everyone. The website will now become an essential resource in the battle to defeat ethnic injustice which must be confronted at all levels of society – from central Government to local communities. These issues are now out in the open. And the message is very simple: if these disparities cannot be explained then the UK is committed to changing.

Finally, let me reiterate the willingness of the United Kingdom to exchange best practices on these issues with all States and stakeholders across regions.

UK Launches National Action Plan Around Its Programmes In Lebanon

Ambassador Shorter announced the UK's National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security highlighting UK projects in Lebanon to eliminate VAWG and other projects

Roundtable with Lebanese civil society members

Roundtable with Lebanese civil society members

British Ambassador Hugo Shorter and Head of DFID in Lebanon Bruce Lawson-McDowall hosted a roundtable with Lebanese civil society members on women’s empowerment to mark this year’s theme: Press for Progress on Gender Equality. This is one of several activities the embassy has undertaken to mark International Women’s Day over the past week.

Addressing youth leaders, activists and embassy partners, Ambassador Shorter announced the local Lebanon launch of the new UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security under UN Security Council Resolution 1325.

Ambassador Shorter said:

This Plan places women at the very centre of the UK’s conflict prevention, peace building, security and humanitarian work, and is key to promoting global gender equality. This means taking into consideration of women’s needs in conflict and recognizing the crucial role women play as participants, decision-makers and leaders in their community and in nations as a whole. And crucially, it means ensuring women are involved in planning and delivery of every programme, every activity we support at every stage, here in Lebanon and across the world.

Ambassador Shorter also talked about the conflict in Syria that has led to increasing numbers of refugee households turning to early marriage as a coping mechanism to Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), and the vulnerability of Palestinian refugees in camps which fall outside the jurisdiction of the Lebanese security services and how their lives are affected by conflict and violence.

Head of Department for International Development Bruce Lawson-McDowall presented UKAid’s new vision for gender equality, as well as explaining why advancing the rights of girls and women is the right thing to do and why gender equality underpins achievement of every one of the Global Goals.

The UK has been working with local and international partners, civil society and government departments to make sure the voice of women and girls is heard and considered in everything we do here. From supporting Westminster Foundation for Democracy, to making progress on legislation countering VAWG, from working with UNICEF on Gender Based Violence and Child Protection, and our humanitarian programmes to working with the police to improve handling of domestic violence victims, there is so much more to be done.

Ghida Anani from Abaad delivered a short presentation about the work the NGO is doing on women’s empowerment. Attendees shared their best practices and views on what more the UK can do to specifically address women’s empowerment.

Human Rights Council 37: Human Rights Of Children In Syria

This joint statement was delivered on behalf of the Syria core group at the 37th Session of the Human Rights Council during the High-level panel on human rights of children in Syria, held 13 March 2018

The Universal Periodic Review takes place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

The Universal Periodic Review takes place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

I am delivering this statement on behalf of the Syria core group of France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United States and UK. We welcome the opportunity to focus attention on the violations and abuses of the human rights of children in Syria and to hear from civil society.

After almost seven years of war, millions of Syrian children have known nothing but conflict. They are being robbed of their childhood and future. They bear both physical and psychological scars, which they will carry for the rest of their lives.

Recent reports show that Syria is the most dangerous country in the world to be a child. Children are being killed and injured because of airstrikes and attacks by pro-regime forces. They are missing their education because around one in three schools have been destroyed or damaged. The destruction of medical facilities, as well as imprisonment and killing of healthcare workers, means children and their families are being denied essential medical care. The abhorrent siege of Eastern Ghouta has led to nearly 12% of children under five suffering from malnutrition. Children are being illegally detained – primarily by the Assad regime – and subjected to torture and sexual violence. They have also been forcibly recruited and used by regime forces and terrorist groups. This has resulted in them being exposed to extreme violence, and forced to carry out terrible crimes.

The international community must do more to protect children and to ensure that there is accountability for those who have violated or abused their rights. We must ensure that the children of Syria have a better and safer future.

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