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HRC36: Clustered Interactive dialogue with the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of Slavery National Statement

18.09.2017  16:08

UN Human Rights Council    
Thirty-six session
 
Clustered Interactive dialogue with the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of Slavery
National Statement

Mr. President,
Denmark welcomes this opportunity to have an interactive dialogue with the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of Slavery, Mr. Bhoola. We wish to thank them for their continuous work within their respective mandates.
Mr. President,
Denmark commends the efforts of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention to protect the right of anyone deprived of his or her liberty by arrest or detention to bring proceedings before the court. We also commend the continued efforts for the Working Group to streamline and improve working methods and follow-up procedures as explained in its recent report to the Human Rights Council. On this note, Denmark urges Member States to cooperate accordingly with the Working Group.
Denmark is a staunch and active supporter of the global fight against torture. This is a cornerstone in our candidacy to the Human Rights Council in 2019 and it is best exemplified by our work with the Convention against Torture Initiative – the CTI.
The fight against torture and the efforts to protect everyone against arbitrary detention are closely related. We know that torture is most prevalent in the early stages of detention – among other things due to a lack of judicial overview. This has previously been addressed in a report by Working Group.
In this regard, let me conclude by asking the Working Group whether it would consider including the correlation between the prohibition against torture and the protection against arbitrary detention in its future work?
Thank you.