Denmark: Ethnic minority group's funding “better spent elsewhere”
05/04/2013 - Denmark - English
Posted by : Country Coordinator Denmark
A group representing ethnic minorities has lost its state funding after it last year invited a controversial Muslim scholar to speak at an anti-radicalism conference.
Ny-Dansk Ungdomsråd lost its one million kroner in funding from the ‘satspuljen’ – a government fund set aside for projects helping marginalised social groups – due to resistance from the anti-immigration party Dansk Folkeparti (DF).
DF was highly critical that the Muslim scholar Tahir ul-Qadri was invited to the conference as he is accused of playing an instrumental role in developing Pakistan’s anti-blasphemy laws that critics argue have been used to persecute religious minorities.
His involvement is unclear, however, as despite repeatedly denying playing a role, he allegedly admitted writing the laws in video seen by Jyllands-Posten newspaper.
Ul-Qadri is more widely known, however, for issuing a 2010 fatwa, or a Muslim legal pronouncement, against terrorism in which he declared that there was no justification for carrying out violence in the name of Islam.
But despite his high-profile anti-terrorism work, such as an inivtation to speak at the World Economic Forum in 2011, Ul-Qadri’s link to the blasphemy laws led social affairs minister Karen Hækkerup (Socialdemokraterne) to pull out of the conference at short notice, even though she had allegedly known for a long time that she would be sharing a platform with him. Read more...
Source : The Copenhagen Post