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UPR34: Denmark recommends Iraq to ensure freedom of the press and to reintroduce a moratorium on the use of the death penalty

11.11.2019  16:53

Universal Periodic Review, 34th session
Human Rights Council

UPR of Iraq, 11 November 2019
Intervention by Denmark
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Mr. President,

Denmark welcomes the delegation from Iraq and thanks it for its presentation.
We commend Iraq for acceding a number of important human rights instruments since the last UPR. However, we remain concerned about the lack of freedom of the press.
Denmark – once again – recommends the Government to revise the Protection of Journalists Law number 21 with a view to remove all restrictions on the freedom of the press and to ensure full protection of journalists and other media workers.
We are also concerned about the continued use of the death penalty in Iraq.
Denmark recommends the Government to reintroduce a moratorium on the use of the death penalty as a first step towards its abolition.
It is important to ensure rule of law and due process in all trials.
Denmark recommends the Government to ratify OPCAT.

I thank you.



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