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UPR 22 USA, May 2015

Human Rights Council,
22nd session of the UPR working group, 4-15 May 2015,
Review of the United States of America,
Intervention by Denmark

Mr. President,

Denmark would like to welcome the Delegation of the United States to Geneva and thank it for the informative national report and its thorough presentation here today.

Denmark highly commends the United States for the publication of the summary report on the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. 

In this context Denmark recommends that the Unites States further ensures that all victims of torture and ill-treatment – whether still in US custody or not - obtain redress and have an enforceable right to fair and adequate compensation and as full rehabilitation as possible, including medical and psychological assistance.

On another topic of concern, Denmark recommends that the United States improves access to justice, including due process and redress, for victims of sexual violence in the military; this would include removing from the chain of command the decision about whether to prosecute cases of alleged assault.

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

Thank you, Mr. President!