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HRC40: Statement by Denmark on Interactive Dialogue with SR on Islamic Republic of Iran 

11.03.2019

UN Human Rights Council
40th Session
Interactive Dialogue with SR on Islamic Republic of Iran
Statement by Denmark

Mr. President,
Denmark aligns itself with the statement delivered by the European Union.
Denmark welcomes the appointment in July 2018 of the third Special Rapporteur, Mr. Javaid Rehman. We also welcome Mr. Rehman’s stated intent to build upon the engagement between his predecessor, the late Asma Jahangir, and the Iranian authorities as well as civil society and human rights defenders.

Denmark reiterates its concern regarding the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran. We find the continued use of capital punishment deeply troubling, including the execution of juvenile offenders. The use of capital punishment is particularly alarming in the context of continued allegations about the use of torture and lack of adherence to due process. Simultaneously, we take note of a reduction in the number of executions in 2018, and encourage the continued implementation of the amended Anti-Narcotics Law.

We also remain troubled by the violation of basic civil liberties. This includes the increased persecution of human rights defenders and civil society activists and the recurring arbitrary arrests of dual citizens. While noting that three religious minority groups are officially recognized by the Islamic Republic of Iran, we remain conscious of certain limitations for these minority groups and troubled by the discrimination against other religious minorities, including the Baha’i community.

Denmark continues to call upon the Iranian government to follow the recommendations presented by the Special Rapporteur and to accept a visit from the Special Rapporteur to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Mr. Rehman, would you share your thoughts on the prospects for strengthening the protection of human rights defenders and civil society activists in Iran against harassment and arbitrary detention?

I thank you, Mr. President