Explanation of Position on A/C.3/72/L.10/Rev.1 on Persons with Albinism

Mordica Simpson
ECOSOC Advisor
United States
New York City
November 17, 2017


The United States joins consensus on the resolution on “Persons with Albinism.” We thank Malawi for its efforts to arrive at a consensus resolution, and would like to deliver the following Explanation of Position.

We understand that this resolution does not imply that states must become parties to instruments to which they are not a party or implement obligations under such instruments. We interpret references to the obligations of states as applicable only to the extent they have assumed such obligations, and with respect to States Parties to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, in light of its Article 2(1). We believe that international instruments, including the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, are relevant in addressing issues of stigma and violence, including against persons with albinism and all persons with disabilities. Future discussions on how to address the various social development challenges faced by persons with albinism can be greatly informed by examining the root causes of discrimination against persons with disabilities. States should take effective measures to respect and protect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons, including persons with albinism.