RCT reports on Denmark to the UN Human Rights Council
As part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), RCT together with a number of Danish human rights organizations have made a joint submission on the human rights situation in Denmark.
The Universal Periodic Review "has great potential to promote and
protect human rights in the darkest corners of the world."
- Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a State-driven process
under the auspices of the Human Rights Council. It provides the
opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken
to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to
fulfil their human rights obligations. It is a process taking place
every four years.
With the alternative report, a number of recommendations are being
passed on to the 11th session of the Working Group under the UN
Human Rights Council taking place in May 2011. Recommendations
regarding Denmark's compliance with the Convention Against Torture
(CAT) and the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture
- Torture should be incorporated as a specific offence under
national criminal law.
- Denmark should further reduce the use of solitary
- Diplomatic assurances should not be used as a safeguard against
torture or ill-treatment
- Denmark should abstain from cooperating with foreign
intelligence services that are known for their practice of
- The National Preventive Mechanism should be allocated the
necessary resources for its functioning
Download the joint
About the Universal Periodic Review
The UPR mechanism was created through the UN General
Assembly on 15 March 2006. It is a cooperative process which, by
2011, will have reviewed the human rights records of every country.
Currently, no other universal mechanism of this kind exists. The
UPR is one of the key elements of the new Council which reminds
States of their responsibility to fully respect and implement all
human rights and fundamental freedoms. The ultimate aim of this new
mechanism is to improve the human rights situation in all countries
and address human rights violations wherever they occur.
The following organizations form the Danish joint
submission: Danish Association of Legal Affairs, Danish Helsinki
Committee for Human Rights, Danish-Russian Organization, Danish
United Nations Association, Disabled Peoples Organization, Denmark,
European Network Against Racism and Documentary and Advisory Centre
on Racial Discrimination (Denmark), Rehabilitation and Research
Centre for Torture Victims (Denmark), Rule of Law Foundation and
Save the Children Denmark.