Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence

Nicholas Hill
U.S. Deputy Representative to the Economic and Social Council
New York, New York
October 21, 2022


Thank you very much. The United States welcomes Special Rapporteur Salvioli’s recent report linking transitional justice with the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular its focus on victim and survivor-centered approaches and its discussion of improving and safeguarding information and evidence gathering and processing to seek justice.

We are committed to strengthening mechanisms to collect, preserve, protect, and analyze information about abuses — which on a mass scale can reverse development outcomes — in order to enable justice for victims, including through transparent, independent, and impartial criminal prosecutions of atrocity crimes and other crimes involving human rights abuses.

The United States reaffirms its commitment to supporting calls by the Yemeni people for justice, accountability, and redress for human rights violations and abuses in Yemen, and we seek to work with international partners to ensure independent UN reporting on the human rights situation in Yemen as soon as possible.

In South Sudan, where impunity for atrocities remains widespread, we continue to press the government to implement the peace agreement’s steps to advance transitional justice efforts, including the hybrid court, truth commission, and reparations mechanism.

In Ethiopia, any solution to the conflict must include accountability, and we continue to press all parties to commit to comprehensive, inclusive, and transparent transitional justice processes.

The United States is fully committed to seeking accountability for Russia’s atrocities and human rights abuses in Ukraine. We are working closely with Ukraine and our partners on a variety of accountability and reporting mechanisms to support those who are compiling evidence, investigating, and prosecuting those responsible for committing crimes, while doing no harm to survivors.

Our question is: Can you provide more details on the report’s recommendation to establish a permanent and global mechanism at the United Nations to collect and preserve evidence?

Thank you very much.