Criticism on NL's human rights policy
21 November 2007, THE HAGUE – The Netherlands is not following through on international agreements on human rights, 13 non-governmental organisations said on Tuesday in a shadow report they complied at the request of the UN Human Rights Council.
21 November 2007
THE HAGUE – The Netherlands is not following through on international agreements on human rights, 13 non-governmental organisations said on Tuesday in a shadow report they complied at the request of the UN Human Rights Council.
The Netherlands itself is deputy chairperson of this council. But the NGOs say the Netherlands' performance in this area is not exemplary.
The Netherlands is systematically too late in submitting reports on children's rights, for instance, does not immediate effect conventions again discrimination against women into law, and refuses to bear responsibility for compliance with human rights conventions in parts of its kingdom like Aruba and the Antilles.
The leading role that the Netherlands ascribes to itself in the area of human rights is no longer upheld on the national level, the organisations say. The country does not even want to set up a national institute for human rights.
The organisations are sounding the alarm on the fact that asylum seekers that have exhausted the process are "put out on the streets." They warn about discrimination against Muslims and about anti-terrorism legislation and measures that they say put limitations on individual human rights.
The shadow report was drawn up at the request of the Human Rights Council by organisations like Defence for Children, the Clara Wichmann Foundation for Women and the Law, the Johannes Wier Foundation and the Dutch branch of the international commission of lawyers. The study's aim is to contribute to the council's periodic report that will be discussed next year.
Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Verhagen has regularly said that it is important to set an example and allow the Netherlands to be the subject of investigation, precisely in order to convince less willing countries to make such a report possible.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news