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UPR35. Statement by Denmark. UPR of Guinea-Bissau. 24. 01. 2020

Universal Periodic Review, 35 session
Human Rights Council

UPR of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, 24 January 2020
Intervention by Denmark

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Mdm. President,

Denmark welcomes the delegation of Guinea-Bissau.

We commend Guinea-Bissau for progress made in the health sector, including a reduction in child mortality. We are however concerned by the high prevalence of child, early and forced marriage.

Denmark recommends the Government to amend Art. 1602a and 1649 of the Criminal Code to abolish any exceptions to marriage before the age of 18.

Denmark encourages Guinea-Bissau to continue its efforts to provide universal access to quality education by implementing its 2017-2025 Education Sector Plan, but we are concerned by the limited budget allocation for education.

Denmark recommends the Government to meet the financial resource allocation requirement stipulated in the Education Sector Plan.

Finally, Denmark recommends the Government to ratify the OPCAT.
Denmark wishes Guinea-Bissau a successful review.

I thank you.