Brexit means uncertainty

Confusion and uncertainty. That seemed to sum up the mood of many at an otherwise informative briefing for British Nationals in Denmark on citizens’ rights after the UK´s exit from the EU.

There are over 18.000 British citizens living in Denmark. Around 200 of them had turned up to hear about what Brexit would mean for them at a packed event hosted by the British Embassy in Copenhagen at the Danish Architecture Centre on Thursday. Read more of this post

Tortur og isolation er hverdag

Sultestrejker, isolationsfængsling, chikane, tortur, manglende lægebesøg og medicin. Det er hverdag for 19 fanger fra Afrikas sidste koloni Vestsahara. Danmark sidder på hænderne.

De såkaldte Gdeim Izik-fanger er idømt straffe på mellem 20 år og livstid for at have slået medlemmer af den marokkanske besættelsesmagt ihjel. Disse hændelser skete ifølge anklageren under marokkanske soldaters voldelige rydning af Gdeim Izik-lejren i 2010, Read more of this post

Corbyn as PM would matter in Western Sahara

The Saharawis of Africa’s last colony Western Sahara don’t have many friends in high places around the world. But if Corbyn’s Labour wins the next UK election it might prove to be a breakthrough in the protracted conflict and prevent a war.

The people of Western Sahara are patient. Amongst other things they have endured an invasion and a colonial war against colonizer Morocco that lasted from 1975 to 1991, and have waited ever since for the independence referendum that they were promised as part of the cease-fire. Read more of this post

Corbyn-regering kan være vigtig brik i Vestsahara-konflikt

Saharawierne i Afrikas sidste koloni Vestsahara har ikke mange magtfulde venner rundt omkring i verden. Men hvis Labours Jeremy Corbyn bliver premiereminister efter næste valg, kunne det være et gennembrud og en måde at undgå endnu en krig i Nordafrika.

Vestsaharas folk saharawierne er tålmodige. De har blandt været igennem en invasion og krig mod Marokko fra 1975 til 1991, og de har ventet lige siden på den folkeafstemning om uafhængighed, som de blev lovet som en del af den efterfølgende våbenhvile. Read more of this post

Swaziland: Valg uden demokrati

Swaziland går til valg den 21. september. Ifølge rapporter om det seneste valg i det lille monarki, der ligger klods op af Sydafrika, er det politiske system dog udemokratisk og med til at holde landets enevældige monark ved magten.

Vælgerne i Swaziland skal vælge 59 af de 69 medlemmer af landets underhus. Kong Mswati III vælger de resterende ti, de fleste af senatsmedlemmerne, samt regeringen og premiereministeren. Politiske partier er bandlyst. Read more of this post

Swaziland: Elections without democracy

Swaziland will hold national elections on September 21. But according to reports that examine the country’s last national elections in 2013 and many Swazis, Swaziland’s political system is undemocratic and only serves to keep its absolute monarch in power.

Organised Certainty, a new study published in July by journalist and former associate professor at the University of Swaziland Richard Rooney, concludes that Swaziland’s last national elections in 2013 were “not democratic” Read more of this post

Danes don niqabs and masks to protest new law

Hundreds of demonstrators wore full-face veils, masks, diving equipment and helmets to protest the Danish Burqa law that came into force today. The law bans the use of the Muslim niqab veil and burqa, as well as other items that cover the face such as false beards and masks.

The demonstration started in the multicultural area of Nørrebro in the Danish capital Copenhagen and ended in front of the Bellahøj Police Station, where the demonstrators joined hands to form a human chain that surrounded the police station.

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