Dutch government defends Islam debate
Ministers respond to criticism from the European Commission Against Racism and argue the Islam debate addresses the real worries of citizens.20 August 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - The government admits that the debate on Islam in the Netherlands has intensified over the last few years, and believes this has led to difficult issues being raised.
Ministers were responding in a written statement to criticism from the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI). Six months ago, the ECRI warned of increasing discrimination against Muslims in the Netherlands.
The government says the Islam debate addresses the real worries of citizens, arguing that problems such as insecurity and discrimination are being tackled concurrently.
Ministers find it heartening that recent immigrants are joining in the debate more than in the past. They also find the moderate response of the Dutch Muslim community to the anti-Islam film Fitna encouraging.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]
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