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HRC43: Denmark remains concerned over persistent unaddressed human rights violations in Eritrea, including the ongoing indefinite National Service

UN Human Rights Council
43rd Session

Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation
of human rights in Eritrea, 26 February 2020

Intervention by Denmark

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Ms. President,

Denmark aligns itself with the statement made by the EU.

We would like to thank the Special Rapporteur on the situation on human rights in Eritrea for her oral update to the Council.

Denmark remains concerned about persistent human rights violations in Eritrea remaining unaddressed. We call upon the Government of Eritrea to ensure the respect for the human rights of all of its citizens.

Denmark equally remains concerned about the ongoing indefinite National Service. We therefore encourage Eritrea to work with the European Union to reform the National Service and respect the legal limit of 18 months.

The Special Rapporteur’s mandate is pivotal in the efforts to improve the human rights situation in the country. Denmark therefore urges the Government to collaborate with the Special Rapporteur and grant her full access to Eritrea.

In closing, please allow me to ask the following questions:

• Firstly, what progress has been made to reach the third benchmark relating to freedom of religion or belief and freedom of assembly and association as identified in the last report to the Council in May 2019?

• Secondly, how can the international community best support efforts to improve the human rights situation in Eritrea?

Thank you.