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UPR36: Denmark recommends the Marshall Islands to prohibit corporal punishment in all settings, to create an NHRI and to ratify OPCAT

Universal Periodic Review, 36th session
Human Rights Council
9 November 2020

UPR of the Marshall Islands
Intervention by Denmark

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Mdm. President,

Denmark welcomes the delegation of the Marshall Islands and thanks it for its presentation.

We commend the Marshall Islands for acceding to a number of important human rights instruments since its last UPR. However, Denmark remains concerned about the high prevalence of violence in domestic settings, including gender-based violence and violence against children.

Denmark recommends the Government to explicitly prohibit corporal punishment in all settings, including by amending the Child Rights Protection Act and the Domestic Violence Prevention and Protections Act.

We appreciate steps taken to implement previous recommendations on national human rights institutions. However;

Denmark recommends the Government to speed up the process of strengthening the national Human Rights Committee and bringing it in line with the Paris Principles.

Finally, Denmark recommends the Government to ratify OPCAT.

Denmark wishes the Marshall Islands a successful review.

I thank you.