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HRC31: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography

08.03.2016  17:04

UN Human Rights Council 2016
Thirty-first session
 
Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography

National Statement

Mr. President,
Denmark aligns itself with the statement given by the European Union.
It is a great pleasure to be here with the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography for an interactive dialogue at the Human Rights Council.
Distinguished Professor Mendez,
Denmark recognizes and highly appreciates your crucial efforts in the fight against torture and we thank you for your collaboration and support to the Convention against Torture Initiative to ensure universal ratification and better implementation of the Convention.
The global fight against torture has been a continuous priority for Denmark the past many years. During this Human Rights Council Session, we are pleased to present a draft resolution on safeguards to prevent torture and other ill-treatment during police custody and pre-trial detention to the Council.
Distinguished Professor Mendez,
Denmark welcomes your recent report on the applicability of the prohibition against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in international law to the unique experiences of women, girls, and LGBTI persons.
In your report you emphasize that these individuals are at a particular high risk of torture and ill-treatment when deprived of their liberty, both in the criminal justice system and in other settings.
• Could you please elaborate on why these individuals have a particular high risk of being victims of torture and ill-treatment while in detention?
• Which safeguards do you believe are particularly important to protect these individuals from torture and ill-treatment during detention?
In closure, Denmark would like to address the following question to the distinguished Ms. Maud de Boer-Buquicchio:
• In our joint efforts with - among others – information and technology cooperation’s to protect children against sexual exploitation, what do you perceive to be the most important element?
Thank you very much.