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UPR28: Denmark's statement on Japan

24.11.2017  12:36

14.11.2017 

Universal Periodic Review, 28th session
Human Rights Council

UPR of Japan, 14 November 2017
Intervention by Denmark

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Mr. President,

Denmark warmly welcomes the Japanese delegation and thanks it for its presentation.

Denmark welcomes the declaration by the Japan Federation of Bar Associations calling for abolition of the death penalty by 2020.

Denmark recommends that Japan puts in force an immediate moratorium on the death penalty.

Ensuring safe and healthy conditions for persons in detention is key to ensuring protection of their human rights. Denmark notes with serious concern that prison conditions in Japan are characterised inter alia by insufficient access to medical care and individual nutrition needs as well as scarce heating in winter and cooling in summer.

Denmark recommends that Japan brings the prison and detention conditions in line with international human rights norms and standards, including the Nelson Mandela Rules. 

Finally, Denmark recommends that Japan ratifies the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. 

The Convention against Torture Initiative stands ready to assist if deemed helpful.

I thank you.