During HRC general discussions, panel debates and interactive dialogues with the Special Procedures, during the past three years, either as an HRC member or not, the State has joined:
Regional or subregional
Overall, as a HRC member, has participated in more than 10% of panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues.
Longest outstanding country visit request >
Joint visit: SRs on independence of judges and lawyers; health; freedom of religion and torture, 2004
Received Sub-Committee visit
The US tabled human rights commitments and pledges in support for its candidacy for membership for the period 2013-2015, on 13 July 2012.
Internationally, the US pledged to: support UN efforts to deal with violations of human rights and reaffirm that ‘expressions of concern about the human rights situation in any country, our own included, are appropriate matters for international discussion;’ take further steps to promote the credibility and effectiveness of the Council; support and cooperate with Special Procedures; promote the effective involvement of NGOs; continue to provide financial support to OHCHR; continue to support states in the implementation of their human rights obligations; strengthen international mechanisms to uphold women’s rights; support the rights of LGBT persons; advance measures to combat discrimination against persons with disabilities; continue to support initiatives against racial discrimination; uphold the US’ legal obligations to prevent torture; promote the ratification and implementation of the Protocol to prevent trafficking in persons; promote freedom of religion and the implementation of Council resolution 16/18; promote economic, social and cultural rights through support for assistance programmes; promote the global human rights and business initiative; support the work of the Inter-American Commission; champion freedom of expression worldwide; consider ratification of CEDAW and CRPD; meet its human rights treaty obligations; participate in meaningful dialogue with Treaty Bodies; and cooperate with the Council’s mechanisms.
Domestically, the US committed to: enforce national laws on racism; continue its work to combat hate crimes; enforce domestic legislation on the rights of persons with disabilities; strengthen the enjoyment of the rights of indigenous people; and protect the welfare and rights of LGBT persons.
An analysis of steps taken by the US in fulfilment of its international level pledges shows that the US has indeed continued to raise its voice about human rights violations around the world. Alongside EU states, it is one of the few countries that regularly tabled item 4 resolutions at the Council. Regarding Special Procedures cooperation, it has accepted 26 out of 34 visit requests. It has also responded to 59% of all communications received. The US continues to make signification voluntary contributions to OHCHR (of around US$13 to US$14 million per year). The US has still not ratified CEDAW, CRC or CRPD. For those instruments to which the US is Party, it has fulfilled its pledge to comply with its reporting obligations.