Dutch MPs reject ban on Sharia parties

14th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

UPDATED 14 September 2006, AMSTERDAM — Nearly all Dutch MPs have forgiven Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner for suggesting Sharia Law could be introduced by democratic means in the Netherlands.

UPDATED 14 September 2006

AMSTERDAM — Nearly all Dutch MPs have forgiven Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner for suggesting Sharia Law could be introduced by democratic means in the Netherlands.

Speaking during a special debate to discuss his remarks, Donner admitted on Thursday afternoon that he had been careless during an interview for a new book. He said he had been speaking about democratic decision making in general, and used Sharia only as an example.

The Minister, a member of the Christian Democrats (CDA), said he could kick himself for not adding at the time that he is totally opposed to Sharia. He conceded he should also have said that there are means within democracy to oppose legislation that conflicts with human rights.

Almost all parties rejected a proposal by Christian Democrat MPs to make it possible to ban parties which advocate controversial ideals. Only orthodox Christian party SGP and right-wing MP Geert Wilders were in favour of a ban on purely ideological grounds.

Labour (PvdA) and the Liberals (VVD) reproached the CDA for being afraid of democracy.

Christian Democrat MPs said on Thursday morning they wanted a ban on any party set up to challenge or overthrow the current system of law in the Netherlands.

Such a ban could be used against the controversial paedophile rights party PNVD, neo-fascist groups or any party set up in future to push for the introduction of Sharia Law in the country, according to Christian Democrat MP Sybrand van Haersma Buma. 

CDA MPs said there is no room in Dutch society for parties whose philosophies lead unavoidably to criminal acts or threaten the democratic system.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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