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HRC43: Nordic countries address Independent Expert on Mali

UN Human Rights Council, 43rd Session
Interactive Dialogue with Independent Expert on Mali, 16 June 2020
Intervention by Denmark
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Thank you, Mdm. President.
I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the Nordic countries.
We thank the Independent Expert, Mr. Tine, for the comprehensive and insightful report.
Mali is facing multifaceted challenges in terms of security, development and humanitarian needs. We are deeply concerned with the situation’s rapid deterioration in the centre where the state is largely absent and criminality, intercommunal conflicts and self-defence militias are on the rise, targeting civilians. In addition, the recent MINUSMA quarterly note on human rights demonstrates an alarming rise in human rights’ violations in the first quarter of 2020.
Combating the widespread culture of impunity is key to resolving the crisis. Therefore, we urge the government of Mali to do more to bring justice to the victims, thoroughly investigate and prosecute allegations of human rights violations and abuses committed on all sides, and to do its part to put an end to the cycle of violence.
Finally, let me assure you of our commitment to promoting human rights in Mali and allow me to ask the following question; 
- How do you view the role of the international community in supporting Mali’s fight against impunity?
Thank you.