UN begins process of assessing human rights in Denmark
The Foreign Ministry today announced that in January 2016 Denmark will be assessed as part of the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. Private citizens, NGOs and a number of government ministries will be involved in the process.
Meetings and public hearings will be held around Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands to gather opinions of how Denmark handles human rights. Participants can also give their opinion online here (website in Danish).
Other member states will respond
This part of the process will be organised by the human rights organisation Institut for Menneskerettigheder and the Foreign Ministry.
A report will be submitted to the UN in October 2015. Then in January 2016, other member states will have the opportunity to ask questions and make recommendations.
The UPR process was created in 2006 and is intended “to improve the human rights situation in all countries and address human rights violations wherever they occur”.