Amnesty International on Denmark.
Posted by Exile on May 25, 2007
The copenhagen Post has brought an article concerning the views of Amnesty International on Denmark. A less meaningful organisation than Amnesty would be hard to find and even harder to take seriously.
Human rights organisation Amnesty International has given the Danish government credit for its defence of free speech during the Mohammed cartoon crisis, but, at the same time, it needs to improve its relationship with the country’s Muslim minority.
Irene Khan, Amnesty International’s secretary general, wrote Tuesday in the organisation’s annual report that free speech was the central issue during Muslim protests in early 2006 over cartoons of the prophet Mohammed printed by Jyllands-Posten newspaper. She said the government appropriately defended that right.
‘Freedom of speech should only be limited if it directly incites racial or religious hatred, but not when its goal is to express viewpoints – regardless of how tasteless they may be.’
I must remeber that the next time I see someone on the news screaming for someone to be beheaded or killed because they insulted Islam or something similar. It’s about time we really started prosecuting these people.
The article continues thus:
But Denmark otherwise fared poorly in the report. Amnesty International criticised Denmark for wide-spread discrimination, long-term isolation of prisoners, a lack of assistance for rape victims and anti-terror laws that undermine fundamental human rights.
Khan wrote that the government had generally failed to protect the nation’s Muslim minority against ‘discrimination and social exclusion’. She indicated Amnesty International was especially concerned about reports from the UN and the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance stating that Denmark had a ‘low rate of prosecutions for incitement to racial hatred despite, among other things, inflammatory statements by some politicians and the media’.
(Khan. There’s a good old western name for you. Of the Oxford Khan’s, I presume?)
Well, I don’t know about the rape victims. I’ve never been raped. So I can’t really speak about that. However, I fail to see how anti-terror laws will affect the rights of normal decent citizens in this country. I can see how not having them might affect us all. As for discrimination and social exclusion, I can only suggest, that those who would be socially accepted, conform to our laws and local customs, stop the discrimination they carry out against the infidels that support them and start behaving like citizens in this country instead of crying foul, or victimisation, every time they don’t get their own way. Discrimination and integration are after all, dependant on both sides.
I didn’t realise there was a quota on how many prosecutions for incitement to racial hatred one has to bring before the courts per annum. I agree though, the rate of prosecutions is low. I think we should have prosecuted many more imams than we did last year.
As for isolating prisoners? There is an old saying; If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime. Simple. They get no pity from me. Lock ’em up, throw away the key.
And now the good news:
Less than two weeks ago, the public prosecutor refused to press racism charges against several members of the Danish People’s Party for comments about Muslims and Arabs.
Must be the vast right wing conspiracy at work!
I can’t wait to see the detailed report from Amnesty on Iran. That might be a little more interesting than this miserable commentary.