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HRC32: Statement by Denmark on Item 4 General Debate 22 June 2016   

27.07.2016  15:53

32nd session of the Human Rights Council
 Item 4 General Debate 22 June 2016
 Statement by Denmark
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Mr. President,
Denmark aligns itself with the statement read out on behalf of the EU.

Denmark’s strong condemnation of the appalling human rights violation and abuses committed in Syria has already been expressed in the Nordic statement during the dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry. Likewise, our concerns regarding the human rights situation in South Sudan were expressed earlier today during the enhanced interactive dialogue on this situation.
 
We continue to urge the government of DPRK to take immediate steps to halt all human rights violations in the country, many of which may constitute crimes against humanity
In the occupied Palestinian territory, we are deeply concerned about the the serious human rights implications of the increasing number of demolitions and confiscations.  We urge all duty bearers, Israelis and Palestinians, to protect the human rights of Palestinians.
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.

Denmark encourages Egypt to take further steps to ensure the respect for fundamental rights enshrined in the constitution, including the right to a fair trial.
We remain concerned with the ongoing human rights violations in Iran; including of the right to freedom of expression, association and assembly, and arbitrary detentions of dual citizens. The high number of executions, including of juvenile offenders and the use of physical punishment in Iran remain of deep concern.

Denmark is also disturbed about the deterioration human rights situation in Burundi. Abductions, torture and liquidations of political opponents are being reported and more than 250.000 people have fled the country. Denmark fully supports the EAC-led mediation under former President Mkapa and urges all parties to commit to a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
We finally urge the Council to keep focus on Eastern Ukraine and illegally annexed Crimea and will express our concerns during the dialogue with OHCHR next week.

Thank you.