I'm so Danish, even my blood cells are Red and White
Amnesty criticises Denmark
Amnesty International’s annual report for 2008 criticises Denmark on several issues.
Amnesty International ‘s annual report on the state of human rights in 157 countries, criticises Denmark on several issues and calls for a global deal for human rights.
In its Denmark report, Amnesty questions the Danish government’s attempt to expel foreign nationals on the basis of ‘diplomatic guarantees’ from countries in which those in question would be in danger of torture.
“States such as Denmark, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, were prepared to allow unenforceable “diplomatic assurances” as a justification to deport terrorism suspects to countries where there was a real risk of torture and other ill-treatment,” Amnesty says.
In particular Amnesty points to the forced repatriation of Iraqis as well as the so-called ‘Tunisian case’ in which those involved have faced an uncertain future if they were returned to their country of origin.
Obligations The report calls on Denmark to make greater efforts to abide by and restore its respect for human rights.
“The serious violations of human rights and the killing of civilians in Iraq, Gaza, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have caused hundreds of thousands to flee. But it appears that the most important thing for the Danish government is to close its borders to refugees, forcibly repatriate 282 Iraqi asylum seekers to an insecure future and expel terrorism suspects to countries that use torture – without giving them a fair trial,” says Amnesty International Denmark Secretary-General Lars Normann Jørgensen.
Residency The Amnesty report also addresses the issue of tolerated residency in Denmark, under which those who cannot be deported must live in an asylum centre and report to police each day.
“This includes people whose return to their country of origin has been ruled to be unsafe by the Refugee Appeals Board. In November there were believed to be 18 people with a “tolerated residency” status,” Amnesty says adding that at least 11 Iraqis were forcibly returned to Iraq, contrary to the recommendations of the United Nations Hich Commission for Refugees.
“Some asylum-seekers who had been subjected to torture or other ill-treatment did not receive adequate medical treatment in Denmark,” Amnesty says.
Police The report also points to the Danish system of complaints about the police, suggesting it is inadequate.
“The system for resolving complaints against the police failed to ensure an effective remedy for allegations of ill-treatment. Very few complaints – between five and eight out of every 1,000 – were upheld by regional public prosecutors, and even fewer resulted in criminal charges being brought against the police,” the report says.
Rape It also said that there was a lack of legal protection and redress for survivors of rape.
“Only one in five rapes reported to the police resulted in a conviction. Sixty per cent of cases where charges were brought did not reach court due to lack of evidence,” the Annual Report added.
Global issues At the global level, Amnesty says that the world is in the middle of a human rights crisis.
“We are sitting on a social, political and economic time-bomb that will explode if human rights concerns are not addressed. Billions of people are suffering from insecurity, injustice and indignity around the world and while many aspects of this crisis pre-date the economic ‘downturn’, it is clear that the global financial situation is making the human rights crisis far worse,” Amnesty says.
It says that in the Middle East and North Africa, the financial crisis and rising food prices have affected those who are already in poverty and that in Europe, the gap between rich and poor remains ‘vast’.
“In Latin America and the Caribbean - where more than 70 million people are living on less than US$1 a day - poverty, inequality and discrimination have increased the numbers of Indigenous People denied their rights to health care, education, clean water and adequate housing,” Amnesty says.
Global deal It adds that a coordinated global response is needed based on human rights and the Rule of Law.
“World leaders must invest in human rights as purposefully as it invests in economic growth. It is incumbent on those sitting at the world’s table to set an example through their own behaviour. And it is incumbent on us, as citizens, as rights holders, to bring pressure to bear on our political leaders,” the human rights organisation says.
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Originally Posted by deagle
wasn't denmark rated as one of the best countrys to live a few years ago ? what a way its fallen.
I would love to live there too.
Was seeing this Faroese girl a while back, went over to Kobenhavn to see her.
Nice place. Nice girls And the train trip through the peninsula (Seeland?) once you got off the island, well it just looked green and beautiful land. And Sweden and Germany are not so faraway either.
I once dated a girl who reminded me a lot of Amnesty International; nothing was ever good enough and she always had a reason to complain.
Which is why I learned to ignore her.
Amnesty has to learn that the world we are living in, is not a perfect place.
Take this coming from a leftist, idealist people have to attain a certain level of realism if they want to realize their ideals one day.