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HRC28: DK raises concerns over Syria, Iran, Ukraine, DPRK, South Sudan, Bahrain, Maldives, Israeli settlements

UN Human Rights Council
28th Session
Item 4: General debate

Statement by Denmark

Thank you Mr. President.
Denmark aligns itself with the statement of the European Union and would like to add the following in our national capacity:
Our deep concerns about the tragic situation in Syria have already been addressed during the dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Syria. We also expressed our concerns about the human rights situation in Iran in the dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Iran. We will address the situation in Iraq during the dialogue with the OHCHR next week.

We maintain our focus on Eastern Ukraine, where, although violence has clearly decreased, the situation remains very fragile. The humanitarian situation remains dire and human rights are violated on a daily basis. 
We remain alarmed about the human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and profoundly regret that DPRK has declined to co-operate with the Commission of Inquiry. We urge DPRK to take all required measures to improve the human rights conditions of its population.

We welcome the recent commitment of Sri Lanka to cooperate with OHCHR on a range of human rights issues and strongly encourage the government to cooperate with the present OHCHR-led international independent investigation.
The continued Israeli settlement activity, especially in East Jerusalem, remains deeply concerning. We urge all duty bearers to ensure improved human rights for Palestinians and call on the Israeli government to hold accountable those responsible for human rights violations and other crimes committed on Palestinian land.

We continue to worry about the detention of human rights activists in Bahrain, including the Danish-Bahraini citizen Mr. Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja; A victim of torture who needs treatment and rehabilitation. We urge Bahrain to release all arbitrarily detained persons without further delay.

Denmark encourages Egypt to strengthen long-term national stability by taking further steps to ensure the respect for fundamental rights enshrined in the constitution, including the right to a fair trial.
The conviction of former President Mohamed Nasheed raises serious questions about respect of rule of law in the Maldives. We urge the Maldives to grant the former president all his rights.

Finally, we condemn the widespread human rights violations committed by all parties in South Sudan. Impunity among armed forces and armed rebel movements is a serious problem and Denmark welcomes – and strongly support - initiatives by UN, AU, IGAD and others to address this issue.



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