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This year the Copenhagen Fellowship 2020 focused on Denmark’s relation to Greenland and the Faeroe Islands. Using a Human Rights lens we dived deep into the pressing realities of this often overlooked region and Denmark’s role in shaping it. During the Fellowship we hosted four Open Events where the Copenhagen public was invited inside to discuss related topics with our Fellows.

All events tried to untangle the complex issues related to the Unity of the Realm as well as understanding what civic engagement and Action means in 2020.

Panel Discussion on the Future of the Unity of the Realm

Humanity in Action Denmark had the honor of inviting Aki-Matilda Høegh-Dam (member of Danish Parliament for the Greenlandic party Siumut), Sjúrður Skaale (member of Danish Parliament for the Faroese party Javnaðarflokkurin) and Martin Lidegaard (former Minister for Fereign Affairs and member of Danish Parliament for Radikale Venstre) to a panel debate on the future of the Unity of the Realm.

The debate addressed questions such as, what does the future of the Realm look like? Does the Realm even have a future or is secession and sovereignty the natural culmination of a long historical development? Should we rather work towards a redefining and a strengthening of the unity; a Unity of the Realm 2.0?

Three Politicians from each country in the Danish Realm debating it's future.

A Conversation with Former Chief Rabbi Bent Melchior on Civic Engagement

Humanity in Action Denmark had the pleasure of welcoming former Chief Rabbi Bent Melchior to a conversation on his life long civil engagement and what inspired him to his fight for refugees and vulnerable groups in our society: namely his own flight from Nazism in October 1943.

Bent Melchior has most recently published a book with Özlem Cecik, written by Anders Jerichow, about their newly established union, Forening Brobyggerne, which holds Bent Melchior as the Chairman of the Board.
With his big and lifelong civil engagement, his presence, and his delight for telling, it is always an experience to hear Bent speak about his life.

Former Chief Rabbi and WWII Refugee Bent Melchior about his life long civic engagement.

Bent Melchior with a captivated audience.

Bent Melchior.

A Historic and Current Breakdown of Greenland and the Unity of the Realm

Humanity in Action Denmark also had the pleasure of welcoming Historian and former Editor-in-Chief of Politiken, Bo Lidegaard, to the Copenhagen Fellowship 2020. Bo Lidegaard gave us an introduction to his lifelong engagement in Greenland, his newly published book, and how Danish/American relations is connected to the world of today and US President Donald Trump's "offer" to buy Greenland in the summer of 2019.


Besides living in Greenland for the first 8 years of his life, Lidegaard has for many years engaged himself in Greenlandic, Danish and american relations. Most recently Lidegaard har published the highly praised book "Uden Mandat - en biografi om Henrik Kauffmann" (Without Mandate - a biography of henrik Kauffmann).  

Historian and Former Diplomat Bo Lidegaard speaking at the Cph Fellowship 2020.

Bo Lidegaard speaking at the Cph Fellowship 2020.

Historian and Former Diplomat Bo Lidegaard in front of an attentive audience, August 27 2020.

Copenhagen Pride 2020: A Panel Discussion on LGBTQIA+ Rights and Challenges in Greenland and Faroe Islands.

Despite COVID-19 Humanity in Action Denmark organised together with Danish Institute of Human Rights a discussion on LGBTQIA+ in the Unity of the Danish Realm: Rights, Challenges and Prospects for the Future.

At this amazing, diverse, and loving place we had invited an amazing group of people, Morten Emmerik Wøldike (Head of Gender, Equality and Equal Treatment, Danish Institute for Human Rights: "LGBTI People’s Rights and Life Conditions in Denmark 2020"), Eva Maria Lassen (Senior Researcher, Danish Institute for Human Rights: "Religion and LGBTI rights in Greenland and the Faroe Islands"), Kim Falck-Petersen (Personal Assistant to the Head of the Greenlandic Representation in Denmark) and Oda Ellingsgaar ( Talent Acquisition Advisor, Novo Nordisk and LGBT Føroya Board Member). The debate was moderated by Abdel Aziz Mahmoud (TV-Host, Journalist, Author, and Lecturer).


Panelists Oda Ellingsgaard, Eva Maria Lassen, Kim Falck-Petersen and moderator Abdel Aziz Mahmoud.