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HCR35: Denmark delivers statement on the importance of the rule of law as central to the realisation of human rights for all

19.06.2017  15:10



[Human Rights Council, 35th session
Item 8 General Debate, 19 June 2017
Statement by Denmark

Mr. President,
Denmark is a relentless supporter of the rule of law. More than ever before, international challenges require international solutions. The work of the Human Rights Council has never been more important. Countries in the Council must stand firm and bring progress on human rights. The Council must be a beacon for the rule of law. And you can count on Denmark to lift our share of this responsibility, if elected as member of the Council in 2019-2021.
The rule of law is fundamental in liberal democracies and central to the realization of human rights for all, which includes institutions free from corruption. Denmark is proud to host the world’s biggest anti-corruption conference in 2018 in collaboration with Transparency International and International Anti-Corruption Conference Council.
Access to justice and fighting impunity for the most serious crimes is another fundamental pillar of the rule of law. As one of the founding members of the International Criminal Court, Denmark has consistently worked to ensure accountability and support to victims of international crimes. In March, Denmark contributed over 1 million USD to the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism on international crimes committed in the Syrian Arab Republic.
The rule of law with all its dimensions continues to be of the strongest relevance and importance to this Council.

Thank you, Mr. President.