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PRESS RELEASE : 44th Universal Periodic Review of human rights – UK statement on Djibouti [November 2023]

The press release issued by the Foreign Office on 13 November 2023.

Simon Manley, the UK’s Permanent Representative to the WTO and UN, delivered a statement during Djibouti’s Universal Periodic Review at the Human Rights Council.

Thank you, Mr President,

Bienvenu à Genève M. Ali Hassan Bahdon, Ministre de la Justice. We welcome Djibouti’s collaboration with her partners to combat human trafficking and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and champion girls’ education.

Further action is, however, needed and we recommend that Djibouti:

  1. Works collaboratively and transparently on combatting trafficking, with clear data and milestones in place to assess progress ahead of the next UPR.
  2. Takes all necessary steps to implement proposed FGM legislation, with a roadmap that outlines regional cooperation, consulting religious leaders as well as political leaders.
  3. Ensures that school-based counselling programmes are provided for pregnant girls and adolescent mothers, with peer review and evaluation mechanisms in place.