Grøn er det nye sort

’Bæredygtig’ og ’verdensmål’ bliver ofte brugt i flæng.

Er du også forvirret over at regeringer, firmaer, politiske partier, kommuner og ngo’er slynger om sig med ord som “grøn, “bæredygtig” og “verdensmål”. Samtidig med at medierne, og den ene rapport fra FN’s klimapanel og andre eksperter efter den anden fortæller om stigende ulighed, manglende handling og apokalyptiske tal og forudsigelser om klimaet? Read more of this post

Beckham will not be celebrating occupation

Reports that UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and former famous footballer, David Beckham, would be attending a celebration of the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara is fake news, according to UNICEF.

Tuesday, Moroccan World News reported that former English international David Beckham would be attending a celebration of the 44th anniversary of the so-called Green March, where 350.000 Moroccan civilians entered Spanish Sahara (now Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara). Read more of this post

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

Danes demand human rights mandate in Western Sahara

In a letter, Danish solidarity organisation Afrika Kontakt, along with Danish MEP Rina Ronja Kari and other Danish organisations, has urged President of the United Nations Security Council Dina Kawar to give the UN peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara, MINURSO, a mandate to monitor the human rights situation in Africa’s last colony. The letter also urges the President to protect the natural resources of the indigenous population in Western Sahara, the Saharawis. Read more of this post

Western Sahara: Independence for Africa’s last colony?

Many African countries have been independent for 50 years or more. In fact, there is only one colony left on the African continent: Western Sahara.

Looking at the Western Sahara conflict today, it seems like Gordian knot, a mission impossible, an arch-typical case of realpolitik. So will Western Sahara ever become an independent country, as promised by the UN and international law? And if so, will it at least have gained its independence when many of the other African countries are celebrating their 100th anniversary as independent countries, in other words in 50 years’ time?

Western Sahara was a Spanish colony for a hundred years, but in 1975 Morocco struck a deal with Spain that meant that Moroccan (and initially Mauritanian) troops and hundreds of thousands of Moroccan civilians colonized Western Sahara instead. Read more of this post

Norge støtter selvbestemmelse for Vestsahara

Børge BrendeDen norske udenrigsminister, Børge Brende fra partiet Høyre, bekræftede fredag Norges støtte til FN’s bestræbelser for at sikre en politisk løsning i Vestsahara, der tilgodeser saharawiernes ret til selvbestemmelse, i et svar til et norsk folketingsmedlem.

”En sådan løsning må sikre den saharawiske befolkningens ret til selvbestemmelse”, skrev Børge Brende.

Ministeren beklagede samtidigt de omfattende menneskerettighedskrænkelser i det besatte Vestsahara, og understregede behovet for at tillade FN at overvåge menneskerettighedssituationen i landet. Read more of this post