As delivered by Daniel Kronenfeld
The United States welcomes the Malagasy delegation to the UPR Working Group.
We recommend that Madagascar:
- Cease the harassment, arbitrary detention and intimidation of human rights defenders exercising their right to freedom of expression, including environmental activists.
- Launch a transparent, independent investigation into allegations of arbitrary or unlawful killings of criminal suspects by the security forces, especially during operations to combat cattle rustling.
- Immediately end the pervasive practice of lengthy pre-trial detention and intensify efforts to provide appropriate nutritional and medical care for those detained.
The peaceful presidential election in 2019 was a seminal moment in Madagascar’s democratic history, and we urge the Government of Madagascar to seize on its progress by implementing human rights reforms.