In its annual report Amnesty International is sounding the alarm about the rise of populism across the world and the implications it has for human rights. According to the human rights organization, the situation deteriorated significantly over 2016, and that can be attributed political forces rebelling against the established order. Also in the Netherlands populism is a rising problem, the organization said in a brief press conference about the report, NOS reports.
The PVV's legislative proposal to make municipalities only participate in Sinterklaas events in which Zwarte Piet is wearing blackface makeup, could count on almost no support from both the lower house of Dutch parliament and the Dutch government today. Most parties in parliament were against the law and Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs stated that the bill goes against the Dutch constitution.
The lower house of Dutch parliament is discussing a PVV legislative proposal today that wants to ensure that Zwarte Piet keeps his blackface makeup. According to initiator Martin Bosma, "for years there's been a war against Zwarte Piet" and that has to stop, the Telegraaf reports.
The International Criminal Court (ICJ) in The Hague supports American lawyer Chaka Laguerre wish for an independent investigation into her arrest in The Hague last month. According to the lawyer, her arrest was racially motivated and excessively violent. In a statement released by the ICJ last week, and posted on Facebook on Monday, the court says that it "continues to follow this matter closely and would like the facts of the incident to be fully clarified."
An Amsterdam firefighter appeared in court on Friday to fight his suspension for discirminatory behavior. This happened one day after Mayor Eberhard van der Laan discussed a damning report by new fire department commander Leen Schaap about the culture within the city's fire department with the General Affairs committee. Van der Laan promised improvement, AT5 reports.
A total of 20 people will be prosecuted for threatening, insulting and/or discriminating against politician Sylvana Simons, chief prosecutor Theo Hofstee said to NPO Radio 1 on Friday. That's doulbe the initial number of suspects the prosecutor announced in December, NU.nl reports.
The National Police has too few police officers with a multicultural background and is therefore losing the support of the Netherlands' multicultural society, Max Daniel, police commissioner in Noord-Nederland and general commander for the National Staff Widespread Special Research team, said in an interview with the Volkskrant.
Six Iranians have been stuck in a lounge behind passport control at Schiphol airport since Saturday. They were traveling with KLM from Teheran to the United States when president Donald Trump closed the American borders to people from Iran and six other Muslim countries. When they tried to get on their next flight at Schiphol, they were told they could go no further.
The Netherlands and Germany asked their American counterparts for an explanation and clarification on president's Donald Trump's decision to close the United States borders for asylum seekers and people from seven Muslim countries, Dutch Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs and his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel said in a joint statement, the Volkskrant reports.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs are against a ban on entry for asylum seekers and people from seven Muslim countries that United President Donald Trump implemented over the weekend. They reject and regret this ban, the two Dutch officials said in a joint statement on Sunday, ANP reports.
American lawyer Chaka Laguerre of the International Court of Justice in The Hague removed a Facebook post in which she accused the Hague police of racially motivated police brutality. This follows newspaper AD and other journalists watching CCTV footage of the arrest and reporting that there was no sign of violence used by the police.
Some 100 people gathered on the Bijlmerplein in Amsterdam Zuidoost on Thursday night to protest against the arrest of a 12-year-old boy on the square earlier this week. Activist Jeffrey Afriyie and politician Sylvana Simons were among the protesters. "Let this be the last tie we deliver our children to people that would rather lock them up than bring them up." Afriyie said speaking at the protest, AD reports.
An American lawyer working at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague says she was the victim of racially motivated police brutality when she was arrested for jaywalking in the city earlier this week.
Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan has no good word to say about the Amsterdam fire department in a recent letter to the municipal council. According to him, discrimination is the order of the day in the fire department, recruitment is based on a white male culture and leaders do not intervene or show exemplary behavior. The general image of the letter is that the Amsterdam fire department is great at extinguishing fires, but the general culture is rotten, Het Parool reports.
A 15-year-old Sri Lankan boy from Heerlen committed suicide on Sunday. According to a message his family posted on Facebook, young Tharukshan Selvam could no longer take the racial abuse, extortion, bullying and harassment on social media accounts from his classmates.
Former DENK politician Sylvana Simons plans to advocate for fair hiring practices and against discrimination, not only based on race but also on sexual orientation, in her new party Artikel 1, she said in an interview with EenVandaag on Tuesday.
The Public Prosecutor is prosecuting at least 10 people for discriminating against, threatening or insulting politician Sylvana Simons, a spokesperson confirmed to NU.nl. Some are also being prosecuted for sedition.
A 65-year-old man was found guilty of threatening DENK parliamentarian Tunahan Kuzu on Facebook and sentenced to 60 hours of community service by the court in The Hague on Monday. Half of the sentence is conditionally suspended, ANP reports.
Anti-Islam party leader Geert Wilders was found guilty of inciting discrimination and insulting a race of people during a campaign speech on March 19, 2014. In issuing its ruling, judges at the maximum security court near Schiphol Airport said the populist politician's rhetoric did not fall within his rights to free speech.
From today people in the Netherlands can file complaints about ethnic profiling by the police via the police app. The Dutch police extended the app in an effort to get more insight into how often people feel that they were unfairly checked because of their appearance, and how often this feeling is justified, NOS reports.
People who feel that they were the victim of ethnic profiling, can now report this via a special form on the police app. Previously this could only be done on the police website or at a police station.
Today Sinterklaas is visiting schools across the Netherlands in celebration of his birthday. And as tradition dictates, he will be accompanied by his Pieten. What exactly these Pieten will look like differs widely by region, municipality and schools and seems to be mostly determined by what neighborhood the school is located in, NOS reports after speaking with some 30 school boards, covering about a thousand primary schools across the country.
The number of incidents involving Muslim discrimination recorded by the police last year more than tripled comopared to 2014, according to a study by the Verwey-Jonker Institute, commissioned by the Anne Frank Foundations. The incidents increased from 142 in 2014 to 446 last year, ANP reports.
The Sinterklaas celebration with Zwarte Piet in his current blackface form can inadvertently contribute to stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice wrote in a letter to parliament. The government therefore supports the tradition being adapted, NU.nl reports.
"It is difficult, for example in the U.S., to explain the tradition of Zwarte Piet in his current form", the Minister wrote, but he added that the Dutch who "always celebrate the kids party with great joy" are not directly racist.
The PvdA was complicit in normalizing racism and discrimination over the past 20 years, candidate MP for DENK Sylvana Simons said in the Amsterdam debate center De Balie in an interview with Wilfred Genee on Sunday. In a reaction PvdA leader Diederik Samsom called these accusations "absurd", NU.nl reports.