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UPR32: Statement by Denmark. UPR of Dominican Republic. 30 January 2019.

Universal Periodic Review, 32nd session
 Human Rights Council

UPR of Dominican Republic, 30 January 2019
 Intervention by Denmark

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Mr. President,

Denmark welcomes the delegation of the Dominican Republic and thanks it for its presentation today.

The OPCAT establishes a set of practical tools on how to prevent torture and ill-treatment. It has proven to be of real worth both to those working in the custodial systems and those in detention. Furthermore, the dialogue with the Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture is highly valuable to all states working to prevent torture and ill-treatment.

Denmark recommends the Government to ratify the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (OPCAT).

The Convention against Torture Initiative stands ready to explore avenues to assist the Government in advancing on this issue if deemed helpful.

Indigenous peoples are amongst the most marginalised populations around the world often facing discrimination and exploitative labour conditions violating their human rights. ILO convention 169 is an important tool in securing and strengthening international norms concerning the rights of indigenous peoples.

Denmark recommends the Government to ratify the Indigenous and Tribal Peoples convention No. 169 of the International Labour Organisation. 

Denmark wish the Dominican Republic a successful review.

I thank you.