Denmark receives disappointing report card from the UN
The UN, which began its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Denmark’s human rights situation in January, has just released its recommendations – and it looks like Denmark has fallen short of the mark.
Room for improvement
DR reports that the issues that were examined during the assessment were racism, refugees and the now-infamous ‘jewellery law’.
The Foreign Ministry has received a total of 199 recommendations – 120 of which it has reportedly agreed to, while 14 have only been partially agreed upon.
“In Geneva, I, on behalf of the government, had a good and direct dialogue with the many countries that participated in the assessment and gave Denmark their recommendations,” said the foreign minister, Kristian Jensen.
“I made it clear that human rights are strong in Denmark, but it is my ambition to make things even better.”
Among other things, Denmark has agreed to make exceptions to the three-year wait for family reunification in cases where the country’s international obligations demand it.