Remarks Before the Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association

Ambassador Kelley Currie
U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York City
November 20, 2018



The United States is disappointed that a vote was called on this very important resolution that enabled the Third Committee to call attention to the threats and attacks we are witnessing around the world against all individuals who are exercising their rights to freedoms of peaceful assembly and assocation. We worked hard with numerous delegations to take on board their concerns, as evidenced by the large, broad cross regional group of cosponsors. Likewise, we rooted this text in the fundamental, foundational human rights documents – the UDHR and the ICCPR. We regret that certain member states have called a vote on what should be consensus. The very countries taking such actions at home are also opposing our resolution here at the UN. We urge all delegations to vote in favor of adopting this text.