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HRC31: Clustered ID with Under-Secretary General Mr. Adama Dieng, Special Adviser to the Secretary General on the Prevention of Genocide and the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders Mr. Michel Forst, 3 March 2016

04.03.2016  14:02

Statement Denmark: 

Mr. President,
Denmark align itself with the statement made on behalf of the EU.
Denmark would like to thank the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Mr. Adama Dieng, for his presentation on the activities of his office. We wish to reaffirm our full support to the work of the Joint Office of the Special Advisers on the Prevention of Genocide and on the Responsibility to Protect and refer to our support to the statement delivered by the Group of Friends of the Responsibility to Protect in Geneva.

Turning to the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Denmark would also like to thank Mr. Michel Forst for presenting his report to the Human Rights Council. We fully support your mandate and very important work.
We welcome the focus of your report on conceptualizing good practices in the protection of human rights defenders, including of those that face greater risks than others, such as women defenders, and defenders working on the rights of minorities, indigenous peoples and LGBTI persons. We also share your concern about the closing of civil society space in many parts of the world.
As with other UN mandate holders the success of your work depends to a very large extent on the genuine cooperation you receive from member States. In this regard, we share your regret that no official country visits were carried out in 2015. In this respect,
• What are the prospects for increasing the number of country visits in 2016?
• What can States do to facilitate your work further?

Thank you, Mr. President