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HRC41: Denmark expresses concern about human rights violations and the humanitarian situation in Venezuela

05.07.2019  12:45

UN Human Rights Council
41st Session
Enhanced Interactive Dialogue
5 July 2019
Intervention by Denmark

Thank you, Mr. President

Denmark aligns itself with the statement made by the European Union.

We would like to thank the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights for the report on the situation in Venezuela and for her efforts in ensuring the presence of a small team from the UN Human Rights Office in Venezuela to continue to monitor the situation.

Denmark notes with deep regrets the reports of the existence of torture in detention centres and of persons detained or killed for having exercised their civil and political rights. Denmark strongly condemns the excessive use of violence by security forces. We call for the release of all Venezuelans in detention or otherwise deprived of their liberty for peaceful dissent.

The humanitarian crisis continues to worsen in Venezuela, including in terms of access to adequate food, water, health care and education. Nearly 4 million Venezuelans have fled the country in recent years. The full scale of the crisis remains unknown due to lack of independent and countrywide needs assessments. Denmark commends the efforts of the host countries for their efforts to provide Venezuelans with access to basic services.

Only a political, peaceful and democratic solution can solve the crisis Venezuela is facing. Denmark urges all parties to engage sincerely with the talks facilitated by Norway and supported by the International Contact Group and to achieve a reinstatement of democracy and rule of law, through free and fair elections, in accordance with the Venezuelan constitution.

In closing, Denmark would like to ask how you see a way forward for your work in Venezuela?

Thank you.