International Round-Up: The Qataris agree that #Denmark you are the worst

Qatari citizens have signaled for their condemnation following the news that the national soccer team’s kit manufacturer Hummel has designed monochromatic jerseys for the 2022 World Cup that pay tribute to the migrant workers who died during the construction of the stadiums.

“This shirt carries a message with it. We do not want to be visible during a tournament that has cost thousands of lives. We support the Danish national team all the way, but that is not the same as supporting Qatar as the host nation,” explained Hummel.

The Guardian claims that more than 6,500 migrant workers from e.g. India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have died in Qatar while working in the country’s stadiums – a number that is often quoted by Danish media.

Hummel accused of downplaying Qatar’s involvement
In response, the WC organizers (Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy) rejected the gesture.

“We wholeheartedly reject the trivialization of our genuine commitment to protect the health and safety of the 30,000 workers who built FIFA World Cup stadiums and other tournament projects,” it said.

“The same commitment now extends to 150,000 workers across various tournament services and 40,000 workers in the hospitality sector.”

Denmark dragged over the coals
The Qatari daily Al-Sharq is also indignant and questions: “Does Denmark have a humanitarian and human rights history that allows it to criticize other nations and provides examples in that area?” Unfortunately, the answer is no in bold, because Denmark has one of the worst records on human rights according to many international reports.”

Under the hashtag #Danmark The national team is not welcome, the Qataris have accused Denmark of mistreating its own migrant population, disrespecting Islam and Muslims (with some citing the cartoon crisis of 2005-06 as evidence), and abusing people (and animals… digging up “bestiality is legal ” claims) rights).

A few have called for the Danish team to be banned from entering Qatar, others have recommended legal action, and some have even accused the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain of orchestrating a campaign to distort the image of Qatar.

Shattering the country’s human rights record
Under the hashtag, the journalist Dr. Elham Bader Al-Sada on Twitter: “Denmark has one of the highest rates of femicide in Europe. Hate crimes related to race or religion increased by 27 percent between 2020 and 2021.”

“Syrian refugees in Denmark suffer there and consider it an unsafe country,” wrote another Twitter user, while another wrote: “History will not forget your occupation of African and Asian countries, killing their people and using them as your slaves . So keep your mouth shut – you are not welcome in Qatar.”

Rasha, who lives in Stockholm, wrote on Twitter: “It is hard to believe Denmark’s humanitarian concern. To remind you: humanitarian Denmark deports Syrian refugees to Rwanda. Hostility towards foreigners increased by 27 percent during 2021. During the 2018 World Cup in , which took place after the Russian bloody massacres in Syria, we heard no objections from Europe.”

wants Denmark to go faster with a promise to increase defense spending
NATO has warned Denmark that it needs to increase its defense spending to 2 percent of its GDP – the level recommended by NATO and prominent members such as the United States – at a faster pace than currently planned, which is in 2033. Sweden has stolen a march on its neighbors by confirming it would reach 2 percent by 2026 – Swedish Prime Minister said it was crucial in light of ongoing events in – and NATO believes Denmark should learn from his example. “Denmark needs to further accelerate investments in defense if it is to succeed in implementing all the goals for NATO capabilities as well as fulfilling the national ambitions in the field of defense,” it reads. In 2023, Denmark will spend 1.39 percent of its GDP on defence.

State Department Begins Defense Against Syrian Children’s Lawsuit
A case has started at the Copenhagen Court today, where the association Repatriate the Children is suing the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for choosing to evacuate three Danish children from al-Roj prison camp in Syria, but not their two mothers, who were instead deprived of their Danish citizenship. The court must decide whether the decision violates the children’s right to a family life. Another two Danish children currently living in al-Roj are not represented by Repatriate the Children.

Denmark on alert after several drone sightings in
Security has been tightened at Danish airports in response to the suspicious drone activity in Norway recently. The airspace over airports in Stavanger and Haugesund was closed on 15 October after sightings of drones. Several Russians have been arrested, including a Brazilian suspected of being a Russian spy, and charged with flying a drone within 5 km of a Norwegian airport, even though it has been illegal since the invasion of Ukraine on February 24 for any Russian citizen to operate a drone in the country. Drone activity involving Russians in Sweden ended with arrests in late January.

California’s Danish festival returns post-pandemic with three maids
The Danish Days Festival in the Californian city of Solvang was recently held for the first time since 2019. The three-day event (September 16-18) featured food, music and an ax throwing arena. Each year the festival chooses a Danish maid, but this year three Danish maids were celebrated – for 2020, 2021 and 2022. The festival traditionally pays tribute to the Danish-Americans’ establishment of Solvang in 1911, and this year’s edition was the festival’s 85th.

The Immigration Service reviews refusals of family reunification
Family reunification case decisions since May 2015 are now under review. Following a judgment from the European Court of Justice earlier this year, the Danish Immigration Service is busy contacting applicants whose bids for residence permits to be with family already present in Denmark were rejected. The judgment particularly concerns rejected non-EU citizens who share parental responsibility for a minor with a Dane. The extent of the child’s dependence on the rejected parent will be carefully assessed, the Immigration Agency promised.

Kofod questions whether Iran should have sanctions for the drone role
Jeppe Kofod, the foreign minister, has said that Russia’s use of Iranian-made kamikaze drones should have consequences for the Middle Eastern country. “Iranian drones are being used to attack in the middle of Kiev. This is an atrocity we must address,” he said ahead of a meeting of EU foreign ministers in on 17 October. “I want targeted sanctions against the people in Iran who are responsible for providing the drones used in Ukraine. We are again seeing the drones used against the civilian population.”

The Greenlander’s gruesome murder case is set for the end of November
A 28-year-old man will be tried from 21 to 24 November for murder at the Qaasuitsoq District Court in Greenland in connection with the gruesome discovery of dismembered corpses in Ilulissat last October. The remains of the victim were near an incinerator. Two other arrests were made in connection with the find – a man and a woman – but both were quickly released without charge.

Danish companies suspected of breaking sanctions
The Bagman police have opened 12 cases against Danish companies suspected of breaking sanctions against Russia and Belarus, Børsen informs. Inspected files reveal that the companies are suspected of exporting sanctioned goods that may have directly or indirectly ended up in the hands of Russia.

Prospects for wind energy in Vietnam attract Danish investors
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary will travel to Vietnam on an official state visit next week as part of an industry delegation. More than half of the 35 Danish business leaders expected to travel with the couple in the wind energy industry. Representatives of three investment funds are expected: the Danish government’s IFU, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and EKF. Denmark is one of the five largest foreign investors in Vietnam. And Vietnam’s investment in reducing net emissions is attracting more and more Danish investors.

Denmark criticizes Russia for participating in the meeting of the Olympic Committee
At the recent general assembly of the Association of Olympic Committees (ANOC) in South Korea, Hans Natorp, the chairman of the Danish Sports Federation (DIF), criticized Russia’s participation. Eleven of the 206 participating countries expressed their concern over the presence of the Russian Olympic Committee at the General Assembly. However, Thomas Bach, the president of the , disagreed with the criticism and said that the majority must be respected in the decision. According to Bach, politics should not take over the sport and since only a minority of countries expressed their concern, there would be no need for action.

China’s Arctic influence in Greenland is apparently less than assumed
More than five years ago, announced its Arctic strategy and plan to establish a ‘Polar Silk Road’ under its Belt and Road Initiative. Despite assumptions and fears from Denmark and the US that China was constantly increasing its influence in the Arctic region and especially in Greenland, China’s influence is apparently not as strong as assumed. Chinese migrant workers in Greenland’s fishing industry are the only Chinese presence at the moment, with their total number estimated at around 50. Additional Chinese mining and infrastructure projects have been put on hold. You can read more about it here (English).

Three years in prison for Syrian man guilty of money smuggling
A Danish court has sentenced a 29-year-old Syrian man to three years in prison for having smuggled 74 million kroner into Sweden on several trips. It is believed that every time he crossed the Øresund Bridge, he smuggled around 2 million kroner. The origin of the money is unknown. The man later confessed to the crime.

Denmark sets the standards for loss and damage compensation
Looking ahead to COP27, where it remains unclear who will represent Denmark, the country has received praise as the first ever to offer ‘loss and damage’ compensation to the most climate-vulnerable regions in the world: around 100 million kroner. “It is grossly unfair that the world’s poorest should suffer the most from the consequences of climate change, to which they have contributed the least,” stated the Danish Development Minister, Flemming Møller Mortensen, at the announcement of the funds.

Source: The Nordic Page

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