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HRC39: Danish statement under General debate item 5

21.09.2018  16:38

Human Rights Council
39th Session
General Debate on Item 5
19 September 2018
Statement by Denmark

Mr President,
Denmark is deeply committed to promoting and protecting human rights, and we firmly believe in the independence of the High Commissioner and her Office. OHCHR has a crucial role in ensuring scrutiny of human rights situations, and in shedding light on violations in every country.

The Human Rights Council was established to address situations of human rights violations. Therefore, its members must themselves uphold the highest standards in promoting and protecting human rights, notably when it comes to scrutiny of situations in their own countries.

Denmark remains deeply concerned about all acts of intimidations, harassments and reprisals against individuals and groups cooperating, having cooperated or seeking to cooperate with the UN, its representatives and its mechanisms.

Everyone should be able to enjoy their right, individually or in association with others, to unhindered access to and communication with international human rights bodies. In this context, we welcome the work done by the Assistant Secretary General on Human Rights, Andrew Gilmour, in the role designated by the Secretary General.
We call on the President of the Council to provide oral updates on all cases of alleged intimidation or reprisal, including actions taken, at each Human Rights Council session, and to provide States concerned with the opportunity to respond, in line with resolution A/36/21.

Thank you