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HRC43: Denmark addresses UN Special Rapporteur on Torture

UN Human Rights Council
Forty-third session
28 February 2020
Interactive dialogue
Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
Statement by Denmark

Madam President,
Denmark aligns itself with the statement of the EU. We strongly support the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Torture.
Torture is a grave violation of human rights and human dignity. The fight against torture is therefore one of the main priorities for our membership of the Council. During this session, we are also pleased to present a draft resolution renewing the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Torture.
Mr. Melzer,
We welcome your report on psychological torture. This is both a relevant and a complex topic. Psychological torture can indeed occur in a variety of contexts, including criminal investigations and police detentions. We therefore welcome your call for support to the ongoing process to develop international guidelines on investigative interviewing.
As we continue our work, we find that some of your findings could benefit from further examination.
For instance, the question of attribution. You describe a variety of acts that could amount to torture, including in situations where the involvement of a public official is not apparent. Could you elaborate on the question of attribution?
Thank you.