Denmark offers Hirsi Ali safe haven
15 October 2007, COPENHAGEN - A former Dutch parliamentarian and Islam critic should be offered a safe haven in Denmark, Danish Culture Minister Brian Mikkelsen said Monday.
15 October 2007
COPENHAGEN - A former Dutch parliamentarian and Islam critic should be offered a safe haven in Denmark, Danish Culture Minister Brian Mikkelsen said Monday.
Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali has had special security protection since 2004 over death threats after she penned the script for the movie Submission that depicts repression of women in Muslim culture.
The film's director Theo Van Gogh was killed in November 2004.
A year ago, Hirsi Ali left the Netherlands for the United States, but recently returned to the Netherlands since US authorities allegedly refused to pay for her security.
The Danish government is drafting legislation to offer threatened authors a safe haven in various cities, and Hirsi Ali would fit the criteria, Mikkelsen told public broadcaster DR.
"She has experienced persecution, threats to her life, she has struggled for freedom of speech," Mikkelsen said.
The conservative culture minister said Copenhagen would be prepared to cover the costs for Hirsi Ali's security.
Several parties in the Danish legislature backed the proposal.
Hirsi Ali was a former lawmaker for the Liberal VVD party but left parliament over a controversy linked to her asylum application in 1992.
[Copyright dpa 2007]
Subject: Dutch news