"A'dam losing gay-friendly reputation"

12th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

13 August 2007, AMSTERDAM – Nowhere in the world are homosexuals confronted with violence so regularly as in Amsterdam. Gay men and women are now staying away from the Dutch capital because of all the reports on violent incidents recently. This is costing the Amsterdam economy a great deal of money.

13 August 2007

AMSTERDAM – Nowhere in the world are homosexuals confronted with violence so regularly as in Amsterdam. Gay men and women are now staying away from the Dutch capital because of all the reports on violent incidents recently. This is costing the Amsterdam economy a great deal of money.

Boris Dittrich, former party leader of Democrats D66 and now director for the gay rights section of human rights organisation Human Rights Watch, said this in the Telegraaf on Sunday.

"There is no doubt about the fact that Amsterdam's reputation as a gay capital is waning," Dittrich said in the newspaper.

He receives reports on attacks on homosexuals around the world as part of his work. "Things happen everywhere, but nowhere so regularly as in Amsterdam at the moment."

The New York-based Human Rights Watch has been receiving alarming reports on a weekly basis about the safety of homosexuals in the Netherlands, the Telegraaf reported.

"I am confronted with it constantly while doing my work. People come to me to ask what on earth is going on in the Netherlands. The reports I get about Amsterdam are shocking," Dittrich added. 
Gays are reportedly avoiding Amsterdam because of the violence. "They would rather go to Berlin or Barcelona, where this kind of thing isn't going on. All in all you could conclude that our reputation as a gay-friendly capital is gone," the former D66 leader said in the Telegraaf.

Human Rights Watch is encouraged however by the response in the Netherlands to the incidents. Dittrich says the government is taking a leading role in standing up for the rights of homosexuals.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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