Statement on North Korea, Syria, and Iran in the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee

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Ambassador Samantha Power
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
November 19, 2015


On North Korea, in an extremely strong vote, the world has condemned the ‎government’s egregious human rights violations—including torture, public executions, arbitrary detentions, and the extensive use of forced labor—and affirmed that those most responsible must be held accountable. The resolution‎ encouraged the Security Council to continue to consider the relevant recommendations of the North Korean Commission of Inquiry, including on accountability.

On Syria, 115 member states renewed their condemnation of the Syrian regime’s continued indiscriminate use of weapons such as barrel bombs and the starvation of civilians as a method of combat, as well as the atrocities carried out by ISIL. Together, member states condemned the killing and persecution of human rights defenders and journalists, enforced disappearances, and the killing of peaceful protestors. The resolution also demanded the Syrian regime release all arbitrarily detained persons. As the sole body representing the entire membership of the United Nations, we must work together to end the atrocities, lay a foundation for justice, and build a sustainable peace in Syria.

On Iran, the General Assembly expressed deep concern regarding ongoing human rights violations, including the targeting of journalists, persecution of minorities, public executions in violation of Iran’s international obligations, and restrictions placed on the fundamental freedoms of assembly, opinion, and expression. The United States remains deeply concerned about the human rights conditions in Iran and will continue to engage internationally and speak out forcefully in support of the fundamental rights of the Iranian people.

Source: U.S Department of State


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