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HRC38: Denmark directs Human Rights Council’s attention to human rights situation in OPT/Israel, Syria, Bahrain, Iran, Egypt, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Myanmar, South Sudan and Eastern Ukraine & illegally annexed Crimea

27.06.2018  13:57

UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
38th Session
Item 4: General Debate
Statement by Denmark

Mr. President
Denmark aligns itself with the EU statement.
We remain concerned with the shrinking space for civil society and human rights defenders both in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. We urge all duty bearers to ensure their unhindered work.

The Syrian regime’s continued deliberate targeting of civilians and civilian infrastructure as well as the continued use of chemical weapons and cluster munitions is utterly deplorable. These acts constitute severe breaches of international humanitarian law and may well amount to war crimes.
We reiterate our call for the release of all arbitrarily detained persons in Bahrain, including the Danish-Bahraini citizen Mr. Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja; A victim of torture who needs treatment and rehabilitation.

We remain concerned by the human rights violations in Iran. We do however note the significant decrease in narcotics-related executions through the amended Anti-Narcotics Law.

We continue to call on Egypt to ensure the respect for fundamental rights enshrined in the constitution, including respecting the rights to freedom of opinion and expression.

We  call upon the Government of  DPRK to immediately stop the  grave human rights violations  and to fully implement the recommendations of the resolutions adopted by the HRC and UNGA.

Impunity must end for all human rights violations in Myanmar, not least in Rakhine state. We welcome the Government’s announcement to establish an Independent Commission of Inquiry, which should operate independently, transparently, and in line with international principles.
The man-made humanitarian catastrophe in South Sudan must come to an end. We call upon political actors in and around South Sudan to pursue a truly inclusive political solution.

Denmark remains deeply concerned by the deteriorating human rights situation in Eastern Ukraine and in illegally annexed Crimea. Human rights actors and monitors should be granted free access and humanitarian access ensured. 

 I thank you Mr. President