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HRC40: Statement by Denmark on Interactive Dialogue with Independent Expert on Mali 

20.03.2019 

UN Human Rights Council, 40th Session
Interactive Dialogue with Independent Expert on Mali, 19 March 2019
Intervention by Denmark
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Thank you, Mr. President.
Denmark fully aligns itself with the statement delivered by the EU.
Denmark thanks the Independent Expert, Mr. Tine, for the comprehensive and insightful report.

As the report demonstrates, Mali is facing a rapidly deteriorating security situation fuelled by the growing influence of armed groups – notably in the centre, where the state is largely absent while criminality, deadly intercommunal conflicts, and ethnic self-defence militias are on the rise. Against this background, Denmark shares the independent expert’s deep concern for the human rights situation in Mali.

Furthermore, Denmark agrees that combating impunity is key to resolving the crisis. Therefore, we support the recommendation to take specific measures put an end to the culture of impunity that has led to the perpetration of serious human rights violations by armed groups and the Malian defence and security forces.
One such specific measure – which Denmark encourages and is proud to support – is the implementation of a solid Compliance Framework for the G5 Joint Force to prevent and address violations of international human rights and humanitarian law that could be committed in the context of its operations. 
Likewise, Denmark encourages the efforts by the Malian Ministry of Defence to investigate reports of human rights abuse by the security forces in Boulikessi and Nantaka. However, too little progress has been made so far.

Finally, let me assure you of our commitment to assist in promoting human rights in Mali. To that end, allow me present the following questions; 
 - How do you view the role of the international community in supporting Mali’s fight against impunity?
 - And what should be the government’s main priorities to put an end to intra- and intercommunal conflict in the centre?
 Thank you.