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Crown Prince and minister censured for Malaysia visit. Former Deputy Prime Minister criticises the two for one-sidedness. Last month HRH Haakon and Trond Giske, the Ministry of Trade and Industry, travelled to Malaysia to work on a free trade agreement.  They convened with the Royal Couple and the current Prime Minister, but not the opposition. “Their attitude gives the impression they either agree, or are a little afraid,” Ibrahim Anwar, the Malaysian democracy activist and country’s former Deputy Prime Minister told aftenposten.no at this week’s Oslo Freedom Forum Peace Conference.

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Crown Prince and minister censured for Malaysia visit

Published on Friday, 30th April, 2010 at 12:12 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Former Deputy Prime Minister criticises the two for one-sidedness.

The Crown Prince and Crown Princess
The Crown Prince and Crown Princess
Photo: Jo Michael/The Royal Court


No talks

Last month HRH Haakon and Trond Giske, the Ministry of Trade and Industry, travelled to Malaysia to work on a free trade agreement.  They convened with the Royal Couple and the current Prime Minister, but not the opposition.

“Their attitude gives the impression they either agree, or are a little afraid,” Ibrahim Anwar, the Malaysian democracy activist and country’s former Deputy Prime Minister told aftenposten.no at this week’s Oslo Freedom Forum Peace Conference.

Anwar wonders why neither the Crown Prince nor Giske raised the issues of democracy and human rights whilst they were there.

“Why couldn’t they meet us, have a cup of tea, and listen to what we had to say? We’re not terrorists...” says Anwar, claiming that it’s all about business and trade in the end.

No request

In an email to aftenposten.no, Giske answer’s Anwar’s allegations and confirms there were no meetings with the opposition. He alleges he never received requests for any.

Giske also points out responsibility for implementing human rights issues rests with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD).

The UD says their State Secretary, Erik Lahnstein – who was part of the official Norwegian delegation in connection with the Royal Crown Prince Couple’s visit – raised the matter on several occasions.

“Secretary Lahnstein raised human rights issues directly with Malaysian authorities. This includes his meeting with the Malaysian prime minister, representatives of other ministries, as well as with both the Norwegian and Malaysian press,” says Kjetil Elsebutangen, Communications Advisor at the Ministry.

The Economist puts Malaysia in 68th place on its scale of democratic and undemocratic countries, describing it as having “a failed democracy”.

The Crown Prince and Giske also recently visited Qatar and The United Arab Emirates, two countries the paper describes as being pure dictatorships.



Published on Friday, 30th April, 2010 at 12:12 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: crown, prince, haakon, trond, giske, malaysia, human, rights, ministry, foreign, affairs, democracy, dictatorship, ibrahim, anwar.





  
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