Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues (via VTC)

Jordyn Arndt
ECOSOC Advisor
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York, New York
October 23, 2020


Thank you, Madam Chair. Good afternoon. Thank you, Special Rapporteur de Varennes, for your report.

The United States closely follows the repression of members of minority communities by state and non-state actors across the globe.

The United States promotes and protects the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons. While we are proud of our accomplishments in reducing discrimination and promoting equal opportunity for all, we recognize that challenges remain.

State repression of members of minority groups and violence by non-state actors have marginalized and, in many cases, displaced individuals belonging to groups such as Rohingya, Uyghurs, Roma, Crimean Tatars, Yezidis, and others. With violence and severe discrimination perpetrated against them, and with undue restrictions on their rights to peaceful assembly and to freedoms of expression, association, and religion or belief, and fair trial guarantees, members of these communities deserve our attention and assistance.

Mr. Special Rapporteur, is good governance an effective way to protect and promote the rights of minority communities? And how can different stakeholders work together to achieve good governance?

Thank you.