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HRC30: Denmark’s intervention in the interactive dialogue with the working group on Arbitrary detention and the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery

15.09.2015  10:54
UN Human Rights Council, 30th session – 14 September – 2 October 2015
Item 3: Interactive dialogue (clustered) with the working group on Arbitrary Detention and the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery.

Intervention by Denmark

Mr. President,
The report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and the annexed principles and guidelines bring attention to a number of important rights of individuals and obligations of States to avoid arbitrary deprivation of liberty.

The report highlights that the right to challenge the lawfulness of detention before a court is a judicial remedy designed among others to protect individuals against torture or other ill-treatment. Furthermore, the report sets out procedural guidelines to protect detainees from torture during detention by requiring – in cases of alleged torture or other ill-treatment – that the detainee has immediate access to the courts and is allowed to appear physically before the courts.

Denmark is a staunch and active supporter of the global fight against torture. Last year, Denmark, Chile, Ghana, Indonesia and Morocco, launched the Convention against Torture Initiative – the CTI  Over the last year the CTI has facilitated several global and regional events to mobilize mutual support between States to overcome obstacles for ratification and implementation of the Convention against Torture.

I would like to ask the distinguished [chair of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention] what type of interstate cooperation you find best suited to contribute to the fight against arbitrary detention?

Mr President,
The report of the Special rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery presents a range of constructive recommendations on how to mitigate contemporary forms of slavery in supply chains. A number of these recommendations are directed at the business community. Could the Special Rapporteur elaborate on the type of dialogue with the international business community that has taken place or are envisaged by the Special Rapporteur to discuss these recommendations?

Thank you.