Statement During the Third Committee with the Chair of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Ambassador Kelly Craft
Permanent Representative
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York, New York
October 29, 2019


 The United States aligns itself with the joint statement delivered by the UK.

We condemn the Chinese government’s arbitrary detention of more than one million Uighur and other Muslims in internment camps in Xinjiang. We will speak out against violations of human rights and human dignity wherever they occur.

Further, the US welcomes the Committee’s report. The Committee plays a crucial role monitoring and promoting States Parties’ implementation of their Convention obligations.

We are firmly committed to promoting equality and strongly condemn all forms of racial discrimination. We are dedicated to pursuing its elimination, while also respecting freedoms of expression, association, and peaceful assembly.

We recognize the threat of racial discrimination, and we support collaboration among States Parties, NGOs, civil society groups, and individuals to counter racism and combat bias-motivated violence.