Danish double standards on human rights

Denmark is fighting for a place on the UN Human Rights Council while supporting an EU fisheries agreement with Morocco that includes Western Sahara, in violation of international law and the ruling of the EU Court of Justice.

“As a member of the [UN Human Rights] Council, Denmark will work for … a world without torture, a world where indigenous peoples’ voices are heard and all their rights respected, a world in which human rights and the rule of law constitute the cornerstone of international and national structures in society.” Read more of this post

Danish minister questioned over Western Sahara trade

The Danish Minister for Development Cooperation was criticized by two Danish MP’s in regard to Denmark’s and the EU’s intent to ignore the European Court of Justice ruling on trade with Moroccan colony Western Sahara.

Last Thursday in the Danish European Affairs Committee, the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tørnæs was questioned on a Danish government document that referred to EU-negotiations in regard to trade with Western Sahara. Read more of this post

Toothless UN resolution extends peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara

The UN Security Council has extended the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara, Minurso (The United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara), for another year with resolution 1920. The resolution was adopted unanimously by the Security Council‘s 15 members, and urged Morocco and the Polisario to “show political will to initiate more intensive and substantive negotiations” as well as to continue discussions under the auspices of the UN Secretary General to achieve a “just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution which will provide for the elf-determination of the people of Western Sahara”. Read more of this post