Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on Human Rights and Unilateral Coercive Measures

Courtney Nemroff
Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York City
November 13, 2018


Thank you, Chair.

We call a vote and will vote no on this resolution as the resolution has no basis in international law and does not advance promotion and protection of human rights. We emphasize the longstanding principle that it is the responsibility of States to protect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms. The text of this resolution inappropriately challenges the sovereign right of States to conduct their economic relations freely and to protect legitimate national interests, including taking certain related actions in response to national security concerns. It also attempts to undermine the international community’s ability to respond to acts that are offensive to international norms. Unilateral and multilateral sanctions are a legitimate means to achieve foreign policy, security, and other national and international objectives, and the United States is not alone in that view or in that practice.

Thank you, Chair.