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Review of Luxembourg
Tuesday, 02 December 2008 10:55

 

On the afternoon of 2 December, the Working Group on the universal periodic review considered the situation in Luxembourg. The delegation was led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, who attempted to answer all questions raised. 29 States took part in the interactive dialogue, with questions and recommendations focusing on the following:

 

  • Many States addressed prison conditions, including overcrowding and non-custodial alternatives, the duration of solitary confinement, the detention and non-separation of failed asylum seekers from regular detainees, and the treatment of minors in detention
  • Many States also drew on reports of gender stereotyping, the participation of women in political life, the gap in remuneration of male and female workers (which the State readily recognized placed them at 14th place in the EU), and efforts to combat violence against women
  • A number of States raised concern over racism, xenophobia and related intolerance, and allegations of incitement against Arabs and Muslims. The Minister responded that he was not aware of such incitement in Luxembourg, stressing that such acts are prohibited by law in any case
  • Several States raised questions in relation to asylum policy and immigration, including the need for the law to expressly incorporate the principle of non-refoulement.
  • A number of States commended Luxembourg’s annual contribution of 0.7% of its gross domestic product to international development assistance in compliance with the Millennium Development Goals.
  • A high number of States called for ratification of outstanding international human rights instruments, including the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and the Convention on Migrant Workers.

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