Here in 2010 it has become very clear for the Danish citizens that some causes is not something you as an ordinary citizen want to deal with unless you want to risk imprisonment or other kind of harsh actions from your government.
We are not talking aiding people in the third world. The lessons learned by the case against the humanitarian Niels Holck and the sellers of the T-shirt Fighters+Lovers have told us just to turn down for the audio when the news speak of hunger, war or earth quakes in the third world are on. They wanted the independence, they wants us not to interfere when they are busy suppressing their population and they are willing to take us to court if we start talking about how they ran living people over with tanks as they did do in the country once known as Ceylon.
Not the first case we should deal with is the so-called climate issue. Now they are busy with Cop16 in Mexico. The Danes saw state of emergency laws where 1,000 people were arrested and held on icy grounds for hours so the police could charge 2 people. People got sentenced last month for just shouting at a peaceful non-violent demonstration. I have to say: Cop15 in Copenhagen changed something among us Danes. Once we were among the countries who spoke a lot about the climate when our minister Auken traveled around the world and spoke about how changes in the climate had started a war in Africa with thousand of civilians caught in the middle and with so many children being killed just so they would not grow up and start to drink the costly water.
Of course many believed that they should deal with this and support the independent organizations fighting for awareness. They learned the lesson the hard way and now the entire climate issue is all about marketing of so-called green products and selling quotas of CO2 among firms to they can get easier off in taxes. It is no longer a cause for ordinary people but just another business.
The second cause is speaking about honor killings. Down in Slagelse where a young woman was shot on an open street in front of many people including children they tried to set up a memorial for this poor woman. Unknown criminals have destroyed this memorial several times. Speaking of it can be a crime. One member of our parliament – Jesper Langballe – got a fine just this week. We are talking of a very thin line when mentioning such killings. When do you become a criminal when you choose to argue against honor killings? It has never been more unclear. Because I could risk the same kind of punishment I will not state whether I find honor killings a bad thing. I am ready afraid to condemn honor killings due to this ruling in our courts.
Are there many of them in Denmark. We don’t know. You have to have a corpse to a start to call it a killing. We know that some 100 women disappear in Denmark every year so we just have to wait until bones turn up before we can start to investigate and let the numbers rule on the term “many”.
So I would settle with mentioning some names of these poor women who have died due to this so-called insult of their family or as result of a jealous husband acting with at least some acceptance by his family.
* Ghazala Khan (Shot on open street in Slagelse)
* Katja Fromberg Larsen (Killed by her boyfriend while his family ignored her screams)
War Crimes in Sri Lanka, International Crisis Group
COP15 Day 8: Courts to rule on mass arrests, by Julian Isherwood, Politiken, December 14, 2010
COP15 activists found guilty, by Julian Isherwood, Politiken, November 25, 2010
Mindetavle for myrdede Ghazala Khan fjernet, by Jens Christian Bachmann, Sjællandske Nyheder, October 19, 2010
MP admits defamation, by Julian Isherwood, Politiken, December 3, 2010
Birkerød-morder bliver udvist, by Karen Nielsen, Jylland-posten, March 14, 2008