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HRC37: : Denmark directs Human Rights Council’s attention to human rights situation in Syria, Bahrain, OPT/Israel, Egypt, Iran, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Myanmar, and Eastern Ukraine & illegally annexed Crimea

14.03.2018  10:56

UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
37th Session
Item 4: General Debate
Statement by Denmark

Mr. President
Denmark aligns itself with the EU statement.
We remain concerned with the shrinking space for civil society and human rights defenders both in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. We urge all duty bearers to ensure their unhindered work.

The Syrian regime’s complete disregard for human life and continued violations of international humanitarian law and human rights is utterly deplorable. Those responsible for the atrocities we continue to see, latest exemplified by the horrible situation East Ghouta, must be held accountable.
We reiterate our call for the release of all arbitrarily detained persons in Bahrain, including the Danish-Bahraini citizen Mr. Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja; A victim of torture who needs treatment and rehabilitation.

We remain concerned by the human rights violations in Iran. We do however commend the progress achieved through the amended Anti-Narcotics Law and encourage its swift and thorough implementation.

We reiterate our encouragement to Egypt to take further steps to ensure the respect for fundamental rights enshrined in the constitution, including providing for an enabling environment for CSOs.

We urgently call upon the Government of the DPRK to immediately stop the systematic and very grave human rights violations in the country and to fully implement the recommendations of the resolutions adopted by the HRC and UNGA.

While committed to supporting a democratic transition in Myanmar, Denmark is deeply concerned by the grave human rights violations carried out by Myanmar’s security forces in Rakhine against the Rohingya, as well as in Kachin and Shan states. Impunity must end and perpetrators held accountable.

Denmark remains deeply concerned by the deteriorating human rights situation in Eastern Ukraine and in illegally annexed Crimea. Human rights actors and monitors should be granted free access and humanitarian access ensured. 

I thank you Mr. President