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HRC44: Denmark addresses the human rights situation in Venezuela

UN Human Rights Council
44th Session – Item 4
15 July 2020

Interactive dialogue with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the human rights situation in Venezuela

Intervention by Denmark

Madam President,

Denmark aligns with the statement made by the EU.

We would like to thank the High Commissioner for her report and express our full support to the work of her offices to monitor and report on the human rights situation in Venezuela.

We are deeply concerned about the continuous deterioration of the human rights situation. Of particular grave concern are the use of torture, arbitrary killings and repression of civil society and the democratic opposition. Furthermore, reports of violations of the rights of indigenous peoples are highly worrisome.

The authorities must comply with their international human rights obligations and put an end to all such violations. The path to ending human suffering and ensuring respect for human right lies in expanding the democratic and civic space.

We therefore urge political actors in Venezuela to resume negotiations and to guarantee the necessary conditions for free and peaceful democratic elections.

Thank you.