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HRC40: Denmark directs Human Rights Council’s attention to human rights situation in Syria, South Sudan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Iran, Myanmar, OPT/Israel and Bahrain

12.03.2019  17:10

Mr. President,

Denmark aligns itself with the EU statement. Denmark also refers to the country situations mentioned in the statement delivered by the Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs on 25 February with regard to Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Eastern Ukraine and Crimea, Venezuela and Yemen.

In Syria, the alarming number of disappearances, which are overwhelmingly attributed to the regime, remains deeply concerning. We call on the regime to cease the bombardments of residential areas in Idlib, which have resulted in civilian casualties, including women and children. Ensuring accountability for the gross human rights violations in Syria has never been more important. 

The signing of the Revitalized Agreement created a positive momentum in South Sudan. Denmark, however, is concerned about the recent acts of violence also targeting civilians. We urge the parties to commit themselves to the implementation process and to deter from and address abuses of human rights.

Denmark calls upon the Government of DPRK to immediately halt the grave human rights violations and fully implement the recommendations of HRC and UNGA resolutions. Denmark supports the extension of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur and encourages DPRK to use the UPR as an opportunity to engage with the UN system.

We remain concerned by human rights violations in Iran. We find the continued use of capital punishment highly concerning, though noting a reduction in the number of executions in 2018. We also note with concern the increased persecution of human rights defenders and civil society activists.

Denmark remains deeply concerned by the grave human rights violations committed by Myanmar’s security forces in Rakhine state and elsewhere. We regret the Government’s continued lack of cooperation with the mandates of this Council to investigate these crimes. Impunity must end and perpetrators held accountable.

Regarding the occupied Palestinian territory, we are concerned about the advancement of settlements in the West Bank including East Jerusalem. We take note of the report of the commission of inquiry on the protests in the occupied Palestinian territory and underline the need for all duty bearers to be held accountable, including Hamas.

Finally, we call for the release of all arbitrarily detained persons in Bahrain, including the Danish-Bahraini citizen Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja.

Thank you.