Denmark is committed to promoting human rights internationally
Dhaka December 12 2021 :
Denmark and Human Rights
In Denmark, most human rights are secured by the Danish constitution as well as international conventions and treaties.
But Denmark is also committed to promoting human rights internationally. One of the initiatives is on women and girls’ rights:
From early 2021 to the end of 2022, Denmark is global lead of the ‘Call to Action Partnership’, which brings together more than 90 partners, States, donors, UN organizations and NGOs,in the fight against sexual and gender-based violence in humanitarian crises. Denmark works to empower women and girls, mitigate risks of sexual gender-based violence and ensure access to services for survivors.
Protecting human rights is a crucial commitment for Denmark, both domestically and internationally. It is the foundation upon which all other progress is built.
Human rights are not something that a country either has achieved or hasn’t. It is a constant work in progress.
Ever since the Danish physician and philosopher J.F. Struensee in the late 18th century made the first attempt at ensuring basic human rights for the country’s citizens, Denmark has been among the countries working hardest to fulfill the grand ideals.
In international surveys Denmark is almost always ranked among the ten countries in the world that have the strongest protection of its citizens’ freedom and dignity. And Denmark is well known globally for its support for human rights defenders, according to a recent release of Denmark Embassy in Bangladesh.
Yet the struggle for human rights is ongoing in Denmark. New dilemmas arise all the time and an essential element in the Danish approach to human rights is to constantly ask the difficult question. Could we do even more?
Essential to peace and prosperity
Denmark is committed to human rights based on the belief that they are the very foundation on which a society must progress. Citizens living with freedom, security, and dignity will be creative, effective, compassionate, and have a high degree of trust in each other.
Seen through this prism, human rights are essential to stability and peaceful coexistence, to a thriving and innovative economy, and to artistic imagination and ingenuity. It is therefore not just up to the state to ensure human rights, but something that both citizens, civil society organizations and businesses take part in.
Denmark’s biggest companies are for instance obliged by law to take human rights into consideration and on a yearly basis report what they have done to protect them.