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

Danmarks Indsamling: What about the causes of poverty?

The purpose of Denmark’s largest televised charity event, Danmarks Indsamling, is to raise money “to help people in some of the poorest countries in the world to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”  But how can the event do that without focusing on the causes of poverty?

On February 2, annual charity event Danmarks Indsamling culminates with a large show on Danish national television.  Before and during the show, 12 of the largest Danish humanitarian NGO’s that run the event try to raise as much money as possible Read more of this post

Human rights are celebrated with restraint in Western Sahara

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly 70 years ago. Human rights have been important to many people over the years, but are also under pressure in many places. Not least in Africa’s last colony, Western Sahara.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights gave all people the right to seek happiness as equals, and the right to fight for freedom and peace against oppressive systems. Read more of this post

Stop Western Sahara plunder, Jacinda

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern spoke of human rights and international cooperation at the UN. But what will she do about the fact that two New Zealand companies are the last buyers of phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara?

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attracted a lot of media attention at the United Nations General Assembly in New York last week. 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

Don’t trade with Western Sahara says Danish parliament

IMG_3490Thursday the Danish parliament unanimously passed a motion on Western Sahara that urges Danish companies and the Danish public sector not to trade with Africa’s last colony.

During the debate that preceded the vote, Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Kristian Jensen said he would talk to Danish companies to ensure that they know of the motion and the position the Danish parliament has now taken on Western Sahara. Read more of this post

UN and ANC legitimise colonisation

Officials from the United Nations, the African National Congress and an array of mostly former but also present world leaders have participated in the Crans Montana Forum in Dakhla, occupied Western Sahara, to the delight of the colonizer, Morocco.

The Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General, and former French Minister, Philippe Douste-Blazy, chaired the opening ceremony and a workshop, Read more of this post

Mishandlet til døde i fængsel i Vestsahara

Hasana El Wali in his prison cell in DakhlaHassana El Wali døde lørdag som følge af tæv, tortur og fejlagtig og manglende medicinsk behandling. Han kæmpede for uafhængighed for Afrikas sidste koloni, Vestsahara.

Hassana El Wali døde på et militærhospital i Dakhla, efter at have været blevet forflyttet fra det berygtede ”Sorte Fængsel” i Vestsaharas hovedstad, El Aaiun, på grund af hans kritiske tilstand. Ifølge nyhedsbureauet Sahara Press Service var han længe blevet nægtet lægebehandling og familiebesøg af myndighederne fra den marokkanske besættelsesmagt. Read more of this post

Danish conference on Western Sahara brings conflicting parties together

The Danish United Nations Association hosted an international conference on the conflict in Western Sahara in Copenhagen on Saturday. The conference included presentations from both parties to the conflict, as well as from former UN representatives, experts, and Scandinavian politicians.

“We believe that it is vital that the Western Sahara conflict is finally put firmly on the international agenda”, the Danish UN Association said in a press release prior to the conference. “Having representatives from both sides of the conflict will enable us to shed light on the conflict in a way that hasn’t been seen before in Denmark”.

Danish Major General, and former commander of the UN Mission in Western Sahara (MINURSO), Kurt Mosgaard, gave the first presentation where he amongst other things argued that in order to have a fruitful discussion on the issue of Western Sahara, Read more of this post