Friday, December 18, 2009

Happy X-mas and New Year!

Hello Everyone,

I wish you happy holidays to you all. I hope 2010 is going to be a great year with loads of joy, success and health.

P.S: I will try to write more in the coming year Hans :) I am lost lately I know.


Dictators in Copenhagen

Islam Karimov

Robert Mugabe

It was fun and at the same time cynical to see this week notorious dictators and butchers as Islam Karimow and Robert Mugabe attending the Climate summit in Copenhagen. If these people have the slightest interest to talk about Climate Change problems, then they must be welcomed. But I think that this kind of events are for them only a possibility, to show for a world audience, that they are still in charge in their countries. Yes, Ahmadinejad, attended as well. The only missing person was al-Bashir from Sudan...but who cares? His friends in the OIC?

The Danish newspaper Politiken published an editorial this week which is an interesting read:

Copenhagen is having to welcome several members of the global Chamber of Horrors. In the same way that Politiken today presents the views of Iran’s President Ahmadinejad, discussions about global climate have to include dictators.

Among the first to arrive was Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe who is barred from entering the European Union. But since the summit is under the United Nations umbrella, Mugabe has access to Denmark, despite the horrors he is responsible for in his country.

We would like to have warmly welcomed Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. But he has remained in Zimbabwe to save money. Mugabe is here with a delegation of 59 people!

We also have to let in Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov, despite the fact that human rights organisations say that he has the habit of boiling his opponents to death . And he let his troops kill almost 1,000 people who demonstrated against horrible living conditions in Andijan in 2005.

It remains unclear whether President Gurbangulij Berdimuhamedov from the dictatorship in Turkmenistan will be coming, or whether Burma’s Than Shwe will be arriving. Nor can we dismiss the possibility that the Summit can hopefully provide an opportunity to put pressure on them to improve conditions in their home countries.

One scoundrel who is expected to stay away is Sudan’s President Hassan al-Bashir. As head of state he would enjoy immunity, but as he is being sought for genocide, Denmark would also be duty bound to hand him over to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague that has issued an arrest warrant for his detention.

It is possible to prevent dictators from travelling freely to United Nations meetings by opening a case against them at the ICJ. That does not happen when crimes are ‘only’ those of electoral fraud and conduct resulting in bloodshed – conduct that many others than those named here are guilty of – including Russia’s leaders.

Genocide is a different issue, and one which Ahmadinejad, for example, cannot be accused of. Unlike al-Bashir. The definition of genocide under international law is the attempt to exterminate a people. While minorities are persecuted in Iran, there is no basis for calling activities attempts at a systematic extermination of national groups.

Ahmadinejad tells Politiken that he will be using the Climate Summit to put forward an extra argument for his controversial nuclear programme. He will stress the fact that nuclear power is beneficial to the climate. And here is a point in which America’s Obama and other Western leaders agree with him.

Day Opening - December 18

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