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by Euro Reporter
2011-10-22 11:44:24
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New government promises a real support for Western Sahara in government program

The  Program of the new government of Social democrats, Socialist people’s and Social liberal  covering development, foreign policy and human rights - all topics that are relevant to people of Africa's last colony, the Moroccan occupied Western Sahara. And if you read the text in the context of the over thirty year conflict in Western Sahara, one can not escape the fact that Denmark with government Program in the hand really promises to respond more aggressively to Morocco than previous governments have been reluctant. Among others you can read in the Government Program, "Denmark must dare to criticize anyone who grossly violates human rights or violating the conventions." In this case, the new government quietly criticize Morocco and the country's colonization of Western Sahara since the indigenous population, the Saharawi, human rights grossly violated daily.
 
Human Rights Watch says that the Moroccan authorities in Western Sahara "with impunity" violating human rights and that there is "evidence of torture and severe mistreatment" against the locals. International Crisis Group speaks of Morocco's "disproportionate use of force" and "arbitrary arrests". And Amnesty International speaks of Saharawi subjected to "torture" and "degrading treatment", including rapes.
 
The government platform also talks about the "world community has a duty to act if a state can not or will not protect its citizens". So Denmark can safely respond to Morocco's ongoing brutal treatment of the population in occupied Western Sahara. Moroccan security forces' brutal suppression of peaceful protests in Gdaim Izik protest camp in November last year when the Saharawi in the occupied territories protested peacefully against Moroccan discrimination by local people and the occupation as a whole, showed very clearly that Morocco no intention of providing the citizens of Western Sahara any protection.

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As waiting times increase, fewer choosing adoption

Fewer people in Denmark today adopt children from other countries, mirroring a general global trend. However, the downturn here is less dramatic than elsewhere, according to a new report by the National Board of Adoption. Adoptions of foreign children by Danes fell by 20 percent between 2004 and 2010, but they dropped by 44 percent in the US and by 26 percent in France in the same period, according to the study.

In 2010, 419 foreign children were adopted by Danes, as opposed to 527 in 2004. “From a global perspective the number of international adoptions grew in the period 1998-2004, but began to wane after 2004, when the volume of international adoptions reached its highpoint,” the National Board of Adoption reports.

Not only are fewer Danes adopting children internationally, but the ones who still do are waiting longer. In 2010, adoptive parents in Denmark waited an average of two years and ten months from the time their applications were approved until they brought their children home – eight months longer, on average, than in 2009.

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Protesters voice their discontent at Occupy

Political corruption, welfare cuts, economic uncertainty and unemployment – these are the issues that have brought hundreds of thousands into city streets across the world over the past five months.  The protests started in Spain this May with the ‘Real Democracy NOW’ campaign which saw tens of thousands set up camps in city squares and violent confrontations between police and protestors. Similar scenes unfurled this month during the ongoing ‘Occupy Wall Street’ demonstrations in New York, as protesters gathered to condemn the banking sector for its role in the economic crisis.

‘Occupy’ has since gone global, with hundreds of cities worldwide staging their own protests on October 15 – the five-month anniversary of the first Spanish protests. In Copenhagen, 2,000 people gathered for the ‘Occupy Denmark’ rally on the town hall square Rådhuspladsen.

Speaking through a megaphone on the steps to the building, people took turns to explain why they had come. The reasons ranged from showing solidarity with the movements in Spain and America, to dissatisfaction with the political left-wing, to defending against attacks on the welfare state. One of the speakers was 22-year-old Casper Møller, dressed in a black Christiania hoodie and reading a prepared speech from an iPad.


      
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