Universal Periodic Review Working Group – 11th Session
Universal Periodic Review of the Kingdom of Denmark
Statement by Australia
2 May 2011
Australia welcomes the delegation from the Kingdom of Denmark and appreciates its constructive engagement in the Universal Periodic Review process.
We acknowledge Denmark’s long-standing commitment to human rights, including in its Constitution.
We commend the Government of Denmark on ratifying most core UN human rights instruments. We note that Denmark is not a party to the Optional Protocol to the
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
We commend a wide range of non-governmental organisations in Denmark for working on the promotion of human rights within specific areas.
We commend Denmark for establishing the Centre against Human Trafficking to coordinate and implement initiatives to counter human trafficking, including child trafficking, and for being part of regional and European networks to combat trafficking in children.
Australia recommends Denmark:
1. Become a party to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and
2. Develop a more systematic approach to cooperation between governmental bodies and civil society to combat child trafficking.