International Round-Up: Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused of illegally keeping China protests silent

A new report from the Tibet Commission has accused the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Security and Intelligence Service (PET) of mocking the constitution by pressuring the Police to quell anti-China protests during Chinese state visits.

It criticized the Foreign Ministry for the length it was willing to go to “maintain a good relationship with China” by “panning Chinese wishes that visible anti-Chinese demonstrations and statements of opinion should be avoided during official visits from China”.

The report concludes that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs put considerable pressure on PET and the Copenhagen Police to meet Chinese wishes and in some cases actively facilitated it.

“Reprehensible” behavior
In general, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ handling of Chinese visits to Denmark is characterized by a “culture in which the desire to avoid offending Chinese guests was given priority over the Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights”, the report states.

“This culture was recognized and driven at the level in the State Department.”

The Commission criticized the Foreign Ministry’s “reprehensible” behavior and accused it of withholding relevant documents under the first Tibet Commission to protect the former Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Martin Bille Hermann, who currently serves as Denmark’s ambassador to the UN.

Denmark joins global initiative to prosecute Russian perpetrators of war crimes
During his visit to New York, Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod and his colleagues from , , Marshall Islands, the Netherlands and Ukraine presented a new initiative with the UN to strengthen the collection of evidence and the prosecution of Russia’s human rights and violations of international law during the invasion of Ukraine. . Denmark also made a new contribution of DKK 700,000 to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Danish Prime Minister is ready to send offensive weapons to Ukraine
In a speech to NATO members on Thursday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked leaders for the donation of defensive weapons and appealed to offensive weapons to attack Russian forces. Although it is still unclear whether NATO will come, Denmark has already donated around 2,700 anti-tank weapons to Ukraine, and Prime Minister has emphasized Denmark’s compliance. “Denmark has the will and desire to help Ukraine move forward with weapons,” she said.

Progress in Russian asylum applications
In March, 25 Russians sought asylum in Denmark. This brings the total number of applications in 2022 to 32 applications compared to 17 in the whole of 2021. In Russia, it is now a criminal offense to refer to the Russian invasion of Ukraine as ‘war’, while President Vladimir Putin refers to his critics as “scum” and “traitors”. The Liberal Party’s foreign affairs spokesman Mads Fuglede called for an EU-wide discussion on the protection of defected Russian soldiers and citizens.

The Ukrainian president will give a Danish speech live on Tuesday
On March 29 at At 12:30, President Volodymyr Zelensky will speak to Danish MPs via a live video link. Zelensky will give a briefing on the situation in Ukraine and thank the Danish people for the support they have shown his country. The broadcast will be available on the ’s TV channel and website.

Denmark and Australia launch tech ambassador networks to support national security
Last week, Denmark and Australia launched a global network connecting cyber and technology ambassadors from more than 20 countries to support the collaboration between governments and cutting-edge digital technology companies. The network aims to “curb the autocratic forces that abuse technology and ensure that all of humanity reaps the benefits of technology”, according to Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod. Denmark and Australia were among the first countries to appoint a cyber or tech ambassador whose role is to examine the impact of technology on foreign and security policy in cooperation with the tech industry.

Danish Foreign Minister meets UN Secretary-General for Ukraine tête-à-tête
Last week, Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod met with UN Secretary-General António Guterres in New York to discuss the war in Ukraine and the international response. Denmark has made significant contributions to the UN’s efforts in Ukraine since the Russian invasion began, and donated DKK 105 million in humanitarian aid. Denmark has also donated DKK 150 million in macro-financial support to the World Bank through the Financing of Recovery from Economic Emergency (FREE) platform, which supports Ukraine’s economy.

Crown prince couple in Holland at green business schmooze party
On 20 June, Denmark’s Crown Prince and Crown Princess will visit the Netherlands with a Danish business delegation to promote partnerships in green energy and digital medical technology. The couple participates in a conference in , visits a selection of companies and research institutions in Rotterdam and Leiden and participates in an official dinner for key people from Danish and Dutch organizations. The Netherlands is facing a major green transition in the energy sector, so the royal trip must seek to consolidate the close relations between Denmark and the Netherlands to support the positioning of Danish companies in the Dutch market.

International development funds redirected to Ukrainian refugees in Denmark
Denmark has officially designated Ukraine as a ‘neighboring area’, which frees up an additional DKK 2 billion to support Ukrainian refugees on Danish soil. The funds will be drawn from the development aid budget, which currently benefits , Bangladesh, Burkina Faso and , among others. This is “standard practice”, says Minister for Development Aid Flemming Møller Mortensen. »Denmark has become a neighbor of a country at war. That is why we have a special responsibility to help, ”he said.

Massive American warships in Nordhavn are completely normal
Since Monday, two American destroyers – named Donald Cook and The Sullivans – have been moored in Nordhavn, Copenhagen. According to Donald Cook captain Matthew Curnen, their presence on the warships has nothing to do with the war in Ukraine and is a “planned, routine event”. Minister of Defense also commented that “there is nothing unusual about it” in response to rumors that they are a demonstration of strength and a deterrent to Russia.

Kuwait man banned from making large donations to Danish mosques
Rashed Bin Saad Rashed Alolaimi from Kuwait has become the first person who has been banned by the Danish Immigration Service from donating more than 10,000 kroner to mosques in Denmark. The Minister of Immigration and Integration Affairs, Mattias Tesfaye, warned against naivety: “People do not donate large sums to religious activities in Denmark ‘for fun’. Donations from anti-democratic forces must be stopped before they succeed in creating division and hatred in Denmark. ”

Source: The Nordic Page

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