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HRC39: Denmark addresses the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, repeats call for ratification of Convention against Torture and asks how working methods can be improved.

12.09.2018  10:33

UN Human Rights Council     
Thirty-ninth session
Item 3
12. September 2018
Clustered Interactive dialogue with
Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and
Working Group on Enforced Disappearances
National Statement - Denmark

Mr. President,
Denmark aligns itself with the statement made by the European Union.
Denmark welcomes this recurrent opportunity to hear from the distinguished members of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and the Working Group on Enforced Disappearances. Thank you for your presentations and continuous work.
Denmark attaches great importance to efforts to counter arbitrary detention; a practice that undermines the rule of law – a cornerstone in any democracy - and is disturbingly often associated with severe human rights violations, including torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Denmark is a staunch and active supporter of the global fight against torture and other ill-treatment. It is a cornerstone in our work in the Council, in our candidacy for membership and in the five-state “Convention against Torture Initiative” – the CTI.
In this fight, the efforts to protect everyone against arbitrary detention is an important element, and we welcome the analysis by the Working Group of the linkages between these agendas.
We wholeheartedly agree with the assessment by the Working Group that the fight against torture contributes to the eradication of arbitrary detention – and vice versa. We echo the invitation by the Working Group for all States to ratify the Convention against Torture.
To this end, we commend the cooperation between the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and the Committee against Torture, the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture, the Special Rapporteur on torture, and the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture.
Such cooperation across UN human rights bodies is crucial to ensure well-functioning human rights system in general and a common strategic approach to the fight against torture specifically.
We also commend the efforts of the Working Group to streamline working methods and follow-up procedures. To this end, how can Member States on a daily basis contribute to improving the cooperation across mandates and bodies, to ensure a holistic approach to our work?
Thank you, Mr. President.