No support for abolition of equal treatment board
9 November 2006, AMSTERDAM — Dutch Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk has controversially called for the abolition of the Equal Treatment Commission.
9 November 2006
AMSTERDAM — Dutch Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk has controversially called for the abolition of the Equal Treatment Commission.
Verdonk was speaking in response to a ruling from the commission earlier this week, which said a female Muslim school teacher has the right to refuse to shake hands with men.
The hardline Liberal VVD immigration minister said the decision was ridiculous and did not promote the integration of immigrants into society.
VVD leader Mark Rutte has backed Verdonk's statement.
But Verdonk's proposal angered Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, who said the minister had gone too far.
Nevertheless, the Christian Democrat CDA leader also said he had difficulty accepting the commission's ruling.
The Labour PvdA and Socialist SP parties were also surprised by the commission's ruling, but do not want to abolish the organisation.
The teacher was suspended from the Vader Rijn College in Utrecht after she decided she would not shake hands with men.
The school sent the matter to the Equal Opportunities Commission, which issued a non-binding ruling that the teacher had the right to use other forms of greeting.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news