Aruba and Netherlands Antilles accuse The Hague of discrimination
Parliaments of Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles have accused The Hague of discrimination following talks on the island of St Maarten.26 May 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - The parliaments of Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles, which have autonomous status within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, have accused The Hague of discrimination.
After talks on the island of St Maarten, they issued a statement in which they "rejected Dutch policy in the strongest possible terms".
The main issue is that the government has created the "Antillian Referral Index", in addition to a general referral index for problem youths. Both systems are intended to allow local councils, police, schools and social services to coordinate their efforts by exchanging information.
The Aruba and Netherlands Antilles' parliaments believe that a special index for Antillians is unnecessary and discriminatory. They point to a report published by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, which condemns the Antillian Referral Index.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]