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HRC31: Statement by the Danish delegation, HRC 31th session Item 4 General debate, 15.03.2016 

HRC31: Denmark addresses human rights situations requiring the attention of the Council: Syria, Iraq, DPRK, South Sudan, OPT, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Ukraine.


Statement by the Danish delegation

HRC 31th session
Item 4 General debate
Mr President
 Denmark aligns itself with the statement read out on behalf of the EU.
 We strongly condemn the appalling human rights violations committed by the Syrian regime as well as the human rights abuses committed by ISIL and other extremist groups in both Syria and Iraq. We are particularly concerned about crimes committed against women, children, religious and ethnic minorities. We also refer to the statement made on behalf of the Nordic countries during the dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Syria.

We urge the government of DPRK to take immediate steps to halt all human rights violations in the country, many of which, according to the findings of the former Commission of Inquiry, may constitute crimes against humanity.
 In South Sudan, Denmark is deeply concerned about the human rights situation and strongly condemns the recent outbreak of violence in Malakal. Implementation of the Peace Agreement must be given highest priority. The widespread human rights violations must come to an end and perpetrators of atrocities mest be brought to justice.
 Israeli settlement activity remains deeply concerning. We urge all duty bearers, Israelis and Palestinians, to protect the human rights of Palestinians and call on Israel to hold accountable all perpetrators, including related to settler violence.

We remain concerned about arbitrarily detained persons in Bahrain, including the Danish-Bahraini citizen Mr. Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja; A victim of torture who needs treatment and rehabilitation. We urge Bahrain to release  all arbitrarily detained persons immediately. We are also concerned about yesterday’s arrest of Al-Khawajas daughter Zainab Al-Khawaja with her 15 month old son.
 Denmark encourages Egypt to take further steps to ensure the respect for fundamental rights enshrined in the constitution, including the right to a fair trial. A country’s long-term stability walks hand in hand with the respect for democracy and human rights.
 Denmark expressed our concerns regarding Iran during the dialogue with the Special Rapporteur. We finally urges the Council to keep focus on Eastern Ukraine and illegally annexed Crimea and will express our concerns during the dialogue with OHCHR next week.