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

Skandinaviske organisationer og politikere kræver at FN sikrer MR i Vestsahara

Danske og nordiske organisationer og politikere har i dag sendt et brev til præsidenten for FN’s Sikkerhedsråd, Eugene-Richard Gasana fra Rwanda. Brevet kræver at FN, gennem sin fredsbevarende mission Minurso, sikrer befolkningen i det af Marokko besatte Vestsaharas rettigheder.

Blandt de danske underskrivere er FN-forbundet, PUGAD, Genvej til Udvikling, Afrika Kontakt, adskillige nordiske organisationer, og en dansk højesteretsdommer. 9 svenske parlamentarikere fra 4 forskellige partier og 10 Europaparlamentarikere fra fire af parlamentets politiske grupperinger har desuden også skrevet under.

Brevet beskriver blandt andet, hvordan Minurso i nu over 20 år ikke er lykkes med sin mission. Read more of this post

Health Minister: people are starving in 37-year-old refugee camps

“The people in the refugee camps are starving,” Minister of Public Health in the government of the Western Saharan government in exile, the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, Mohamed Lamin Dadi, told Danish NGO Africa Contact yesterday [30. October].

Mohamed Lamin Dadi was speaking in Copenhagen, where he ended his European tour of Spain, Italy, Norway and Denmark by meeting with Danish officials, parliamentarians and NGO’s.

In fact, according to the UNHCR, the food supply in the refugee camps, where an estimated 165.000 people live, does not even cover half the basic nutritional needs of the population. And according to a recent press release from the Saharawi Red Crescent, the 2012 budget of the UNHCR in the camps “will not cover even 30% of the basic humanitarian needs of the Saharawi refugees, as evaluated by the High Commissioner, partner NGOs and local authorities.” Read more of this post