New Dutch human rights policy
The cabinet's new human rights policy will seek to avoid "wagging a patronizing finger".
In a letter to parliament, Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal writes that the cabinet has opted for an approach based on dialogue and cooperation.
The minister, a member of the conservative VVD, says the Dutch human rights policy will focus on freedom of expression, including internet freedom, the freedom of religion and life principles, gay rights and women’s rights. The cabinet says it will also continue the struggle against child labour.
The letter promises to pay particular attention in the coming months to human rights issues in the Arab world, where several repressive regimes are facing popular protests demanding more freedom.
According to Minister Rosenthal: “Wherever fundamental rights are being violated, the victims will always find the Netherlands at their side. Regimes committing atrocities against their citizens will always be confronted by the Netherlands.”
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