UN Human Rights Council 2016
Clustered Interactive dialogue with the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and the Special Rapporteur on Water and Sanitation
Denmark welcomes this opportunity to have an interactive dialogue with the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and the Special Rapporteur on Water and Sanitation, Mr. Léo Heller. We wish to thank them for their continuous work within their respective mandates.
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. In its recent report to the Human Rights Council the Working Group explains recent changes in its methods of work, and it highlights a positive dynamic in its overall work due to extension of the mandates of its members. On this note, Denmark recommends the mandate of the Working Group to be extended.
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 others due to a lack of judicial overview. This was explained in depth by the Working Group in a report last year.
In this regard, let me conclude by asking the Working Group – if its mandate is renewed – whether it would consider including the correlation between the prohibition against torture and the protection against arbitrary detention in its future work?