HRC34: Denmark directs Human Rights Council’s attention to human rights situation in Syria, Bahrain, OPT/Israel, Egypt, Iran, South Sudan, Myanmar, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Eastern Ukraine & illegally annexed Crimea

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34th Session
Item 4: General Debate
Statement by Denmark

Thank you, Mr. President
Denmark fully aligns itself with the EU statement.
We are deeply concerned with the immense suffering of the Syrian people. We strongly condemn the Syrian regime’s continuous violations of international humanitarian and human rights law for which it must be held accountable

Continued settlement expansion and the human rights implications of demolitions and confiscations remain at odds with Israel’s international obligations, including UN Security Council Resolutions.
We reiterate our call for the release of all arbitrarily detained persons in Bahrain, including the Danish-Bahraini citizen Mr. Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja; A victim of torture who needs treatment and rehabilitation. 
We reiterate our encouragement to Egypt to take further steps to ensure the respect for fundamental rights enshrined in the constitution, including providing for an enabling environment for CSOs.
We remain concerned with the ongoing human rights violations in Iran. The high number of executions, including of juvenile offenders and the use of physical punishment in Iran, is alarming.
The man-made catastrophe in South Sudan is of utmost concern to us. Lack of humanitarian access, grave human rights violation and war atrocities committed by government and other warring forces must come to an end. 
While strongly supporting the democratic transition in Myanmar, we are deeply concerned about the serious human rights violations allegedly carried out by the security forces.
We continue to urge the government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to take immediate steps to halt all human rights violations in the country.
Denmark remains deeply concerned by the deteriorating human rights situation in the eastern Ukraine and in the illegally annexed Crimea. Human rights actors and monitors should be granted free access and humanitarian access ensured.

Thank you

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