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HRC34: Denmark presents the resolution to the Human Rights Council on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment: Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Torture

24.03.2017  11:00

UN Human Rights Council
34st session – Item 3
Resolution L. 32

Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment: Safeguards to prevent torture during police custody and pre-trial detention

Denmark Introductory Statement

Mr. President,

I have the honour to present today the draft resolution L.32 on “Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment: Mandate of the Special Rapporteur”. An oral revision has been distributed in the room. The revision adds a preambular paragraph and revises preambular paragraph 3 and operative paragraph 3.

We are pleased to inform the council that the text currently has 68 co-sponsors from all 5 regional groups.

This Council is built on fundamental norms and principles to which we all subscribe. One of these fundamental principles is the absolute prohibition of torture. And a key figure in upholding the prohibition is the special rapporteur.

This resolution extends the mandate of the special rapporteur on torture and other cruel inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment for a new period of three years.

In the resolution, the mandate stands unchanged, maintaining the robust terms of reference for the mandate, which allow the Special Rapporteur to continue the crucial efforts that have characterised the mandate since its creation more than 30 years ago.

We have strived to keep this renewal simple and focused on the mandate by building on the last renewal of the mandate in 2014.

By adopting this resolution the Council once again provides the mandate for the Special Rapporteur to seek, receive, examine and act on information from all relevant sources on issues and alleged cases of torture and other cruel inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. 

The rapporteur can conduct country visits and study trends, developments and challenges related to combating and preventing torture and other cruel, inhuman degrading treatment or punishment. The rapporteur can also make recommendations and observations and identify, exchange and promote best practices.

Where relevant, the text has been updated to align with the latest resolution on torture of the General Assembly. The alignments have been made to ensure a strong text, while at the same time furthering the consistency between the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly.

The changes that have been made in the oral revision are the result of an open informal meeting and bilateral consultations with UN member states that have come to the table with a commitment to promote the prevention of torture, which this Council time and again have consensually agreed to promote and strengthen.

Allow me therefore to thank all delegations for their engagement and contribution to the discussions. On that basis, it is our hope that the Council today will maintain the longstanding tradition of adopting resolutions on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment by consensus.

Thank you, Mr. President