En æra slutter og starter med Jakob

Jakob17. marts stopper Jakob Volther som forstander for botilbuddet for udviklingshæmmede Kellersvej 10 i Gladsaxe. I 40 år har han arbejdet med udviklingshæmmede, i en tid hvor klienter er blevet til brugere og beboere, og hvor anstalter er blevet til boliger.

Jakob Volther går på pension, efter tyve år som forstander på Kellersvej 10 og over 40 år i psykiatri- og handikapområdet. I de 40 år, er der sket en enorm udvikling i hvordan man ser på og arbejder med udviklingshæmmede. Read more of this post

FN-chef kritiserer ’besættelse’ af Vestsahara

Moon blogFN’s generalsekretær Ban Ki-moon kaldte, i en for ham usædvanlig direkte vending, den marokkanske okkupation af Vestsahara for en ”besættelse”, da han tidligere på måneden besøgte de flygtningelejre hvor store dele af landets oprindelige befolkning bor.

Bemærkningen faldt under Bans første officielle besøg til Tindouf-lejrene, hvor store dele af Vestsaharas oprindelige befolkning saharawierne bor, efter de flygtede fra den marokkanske invasion af deres land i 1975. Read more of this post

Salt of the earth keeps conflict alive

IMG_3938Are a Danish company and three Danish municipalities helping to prop up Africa’s last colonizing power in Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara, by buying conflict salt in violation of international law?

Where does the salt that arrived in Denmark from El Aaiun (Laayoune) Harbour in occupied Western Sahara on 2. February come from? This is a question that the Danish municipalities of Aabenraa, Haderslev and Tønder ought to be asking themselves, after they struck a deal with Danish salt distributor Dansk Vejsalt last year. Read more of this post

A victim of circumstances

Mph blog“I am a victim of circumstances”, says activist Mphandlana ‘Victim’ Shongwe of the nickname he is known by because of the decades of state harassment he has endured in his homeland, Swaziland. “But what has kept me going is the desire to be free”.

“Victim” is the name that Mphandlana Shongwe – a founding member of Swaziland’s democratic movement, PUDEMO – is commonly known by in the small absolute monarchy of Swaziland. He was given his nickname, after reflecting on his life in Matsapha Central Prison, while awaiting trial for treason in 1990. Read more of this post

International youth organization calls for democracy in Swaziland

IUSY bhekiThe International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) passed a resolution at its 31st world congress that called for a process that would unban political parties, remove repressive legislation and introduce multi-party democracy in Swaziland.

The resolution, passed on Saturday, also called for an end to the systematic harassment, intimidation and incarceration of political activists and the unconditional release of political prisoners and return of exiles, as well as for the isolation of Swaziland until these demands are met. Read more of this post

Eksilstat i ørkenen fylder 40 år

blogDen 27. februar 1976 proklamerede flygtninge fra Vestsahara eksilstaten Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR). 40 år efter er staten både et symbol for deres vedholdenhed og på verdenssamfundets ligegyldighed.

Det første man bemærker, når man ankommer til de flygtningelejre, som titusindvis af saharawier flygtede til fra den marokkanske besættelsesmagts bombardementer til i 1976, er det tørre, ufrugtbare ørkenlandskabs ekstreme varme, de lerhytter og telte som folk bor i, og manglen på vand og basale fornødenheder. Read more of this post

Swazi unions demand pay rise

Thousands of workers demand better wages during march to Swazi PM's office in Mbabane today BLOG1.500 Swazi workers marched in Swaziland’s capital Mbabane on Thursday, as part of a two-day strike action, where they delivered a petition to Prime Minister Barnabas Dlamini demanding increased salaries for public sector workers.

The march was part of a six-month-long demand by Swazi trade union federation TUCOSWA for the government to release a salary review report that highlights working conditions of public sector workers across the country. Read more of this post

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