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HRC46. Item 4: General Debate. Statement by Denmark. March 2021.

46th Session
Item 4: General Debate
Statement by Denmark

Mr. President,

Denmark refers to our high-level statement regarding Belarus, Hong Kong, Russia, Myanmar and Ethiopia. Denmark also refers to Nordic-Baltic statements under the inter-active dialogues on DPRK and Syria.

Acknowledging progress regarding the AU Hybrid Court, the slow implementation of the peace agreement in South Sudan remains of serious concern. The deteriorating human rights situation is deeply alarming. We urge all political actors to protect the population.

With respect to China, we are deeply concerned about reports of human rights violations in Xinjiang and Tibet. We reiterate our call on China to allow meaningful access to Xinjiang for independent observers. 

Arrest and imprisonment of civil society activists in the Islamic Republic of Iran is of great concern. We call for fair trials and proper conditions for prisoners. Recognizing reform initiatives in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, implementation is key, and the persecution of civil society activists is deeply worrying. We also note with concern the use of torture and death penalty in both countries.

While recognizing Egypt’s role in regional security and the fight against terrorism, we are concerned by the human rights situation and in particular the shrinking space for civil society.

We strongly oppose Israel’s expansion of settlements in the oPt. These actions are illegal and undermine prospects for a negotiated two-state solution. We urge all parties, including PA and non-state actors to protect the human rights of all Palestinians. 

Finally, we reiterate our call for the release of arbitrarily detained persons in Bahrain, including the Danish-Bahraini citizen Mr. Al-Khawaja, imprisoned for 10 years and a victim of torture who needs treatment and rehabilitation.

Thank you.