Skip to content

UPR35. Statement by Denmark. UPR of Turkey. 28.01.2020

Universal Periodic Review, 35rd session
Human Rights Council

UPR of Turkey, 28 January 2020
Intervention by Denmark

[Check against delivery]

Mr. President,

Denmark welcomes the delegation of Turkey.

Denmark commends the initial results of the Judicial Reform Strategy. However, we remain concerned about the Anti-Terrorism Law.

Denmark recommends the Government to bring the Anti-Terrorism Law in line with international human rights standards and to prevent prosecution of journalists and human rights defenders peacefully exercising their human rights.

Respecting fundamental freedoms, the rule of law, local governance and election results is central for a functioning democracy.

Denmark recommends the Government to end the practice of replacing elected mayors with Government-appointed trustees before due judicial process is completed.

We wish Turkey a successful review.

Thank you.