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HRC45: Denmark raises concern about human rights in Burundi, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Russia, Turkey, Yemen and Libya

United Nations Human Rights Council
45th Session
15 September 2020

Item 2: General Debate

Statement by Denmark

Mdm. President,

Denmark aligns itself with the EU statement and thanks the High Commissioner for her report.

The human rights situation in Burundi remains of great concern despite the recent peaceful transfer of power. We urge the new Government to address issues of impunity, corruption as well as torture, and sexual- and gender-based violence.

We are deeply concerned by the use of torture, arbitrary killings and repression of civil society and the democratic opposition in Venezuela. We urge the political actors in Venezuela to resume negotiations and to guarantee the necessary conditions for free, impartial, credible, transparent and peaceful elections.  

In Nicaragua, we remain very concerned about the handling of the political opposition. We are witnessing ongoing harassment and intimidation of the population; restriction of civil and political rights, as well as attacks against indigenous peoples.

The human rights situation in Russia is a cause of concern with severe restrictions on fundamental rights such as freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and freedom of religion or belief. We urge Russia to guarantee the safety of members of the political opposition, civil society and human rights defenders. We strongly condemn the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny and call upon Russia to initiate an impartial investigation.

We also remain worried about the human rights situation in Turkey, including freedom of expression, arrests of and charges against human rights defenders, journalists and democratically elected politicians.

Lack of accountability and rule of law is often exacerbated in countries of conflict. The continuing human rights violations and abuses being committed with impunity across Libya and Yemen are deeply worrying, and we urge all parties to the conflicts to fully respect international humanitarian and human rights law. All parties must protect civilians, including migrants, refugees and IDP’s, and ensure unhindered humanitarian access.

Thank you.