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U.S. Statement on Iceland at the Universal Periodic Review
January 25, 2022

U.S. Statement on Iceland at the Universal Periodic Review 40th session 

As Delivered by Patrick Elliot, Human Rights Officer  

January 25, 2022

The United States warmly welcomes the Icelandic delegation to Geneva.

1. We recommend that Iceland further strengthen efforts to counter and prevent trafficking in persons, including by, where appropriate, prosecuting  traffickers.

2. We also recommend that Iceland extend explicit protections in hate crime laws to include crimes against LGBTQI+ persons on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

3. Finally, we recommend that Iceland conduct robust consultations with religious groups and civil society when developing laws and policies with implications for religious practice.

We commend Iceland on its longstanding commitment to protecting and promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms.