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HRC41: Denmark directs Human Rights Council’s attention to human rights situation in Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran, OPT/Israel, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Myanmar, Bahrain, Sudan, Russia and Ukraine

03.07.2019  10:42

41st Session
Item 4: General Debate
Statement by Denmark

Mr. President,

Denmark aligns itself with the EU statement, including the statement on Saudi Arabia at the interactive dialogue on summary executions.

In Syria, we are deeply concerned by attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure carried out in Idlib by the Syrian regime supported by Russia. Their indiscriminate attacks on civilians must immediately end.

We remain concerned about the high level of persecution against civil society activists and human rights defenders in Iran. We are also gravely concerned about the use of capital punishment.

Denmark recalls the importance of unhindered work of civil society organizations in both Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory working towards the achievement of a two-state solution. 

Denmark calls upon the Government of DPRK to halt the very grave human rights violations. Denmark strongly encourages DPRK to engage with the UN in compliance with international human rights law.

Denmark remains deeply concerned by the grave human rights violations committed by Myanmar’s security forces. We regret the Government’s lack of cooperation with the mandates of this Council to investigate these crimes and ensure accountability.
We reiterate our call for the release of all arbitrarily detained persons in Bahrain, including the Danish-Bahraini citizen Mr. Al-Khawaja; a victim of torture who needs treatment and rehabilitation.

Denmark firmly condemns the violent attacks in Sudan on 3 June 2019 and calls for an immediate end to all violence as well as an independent investigation into the attacks.

The human rights situation in Russia remains concerning. Russia must guarantee fundamental freedoms, including freedom of religion or belief. Denmark calls on Russia to end impunity in Chechnya and investigate the persecution of LGBTI persons.

Finally, Denmark remains deeply concerned by the human rights situation in the non-government controlled parts of Eastern Ukraine and in illegally annexed Crimea. Perpetrators must be held to account.
Thank you.