Logi Einarsson, chairman of the Social Democratic Alliance, says Icelanders must respond to the US government’s policy of separating children from their parents at the country’s border, RÚV reports. The MP says Icelanders should denounce the policy publicly and has requested a meeting with the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss the matter.
Logi says Icelanders purport to be a nation that honours the rights of children and refugees. “And though we can certainly do better, it’s simply necessary that Iceland makes itself heard. The Foreign Affairs Committee can ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs to investigate international cases and take a stand against them,” Logi told RÚV. “We can act through NATO and we can also take advantage of the Human Rights Council which is currently meeting in Geneva although the United States have unfortunately resigned from it yesterday. We are looking at a rather ugly development far and wide, not only in the United States but also among our neighbouring countries, and it is very urgent that Iceland takes a firm stance and makes itself heard.”
Logi hopes for the Foreign Affairs Committee to meet as soon as possible, most likely on Monday. If the government has not acted on the issue by then, the parliament will take measures to do so. The Minister for Foreign Affairs and the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee have already criticized the US’ actions. Logi says there is no reason to expect anything but agreement on the issue in Iceland.
“This is so horribly ugly and truly just disgusting and it’s not possible to use another word for it. And I have no faith in anything other that reaching a cross-political agreement to condemn it publicly. It needs to be done very clearly.”