The measures the Netherlands intends to implement to tackle jihadism and terrorism is in violation of international treaties, including the European Convention on Human Rights, the Council of Europe wrote in a letter to the Dutch government, AD reports.
As many as seventy failed asylum seekers, evicted from their long-time squat in Amsterdam, entered the city's Vondelpark late Wednesday afternoon. It is not known if they plan to pitch tents or spend the night in the park, a spokesman said.
The Netherlands has breached the European Union rules on the reception of asylum seekers, such as access for food, clothing and shelter, for undocumented adults, the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) states. A Council of Europe human rights committee must now decide whether or not it will take action against the Netherlands based on the harshly critical ECSR report, unless conditions of asylum seekers quickly improve.
The Council of Europe has chastised the Netherlands. According to the council, the government must also see to the needs of failed asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants.
According to the Ninls Muiznieks, High Commissioner for Human Rights of the human rights organization Council of Europe, undocumented immigrants in the Netherlands are in legal limbo and this situation needs to be urgently addressed.
In a preliminary ruling on Thursday, the Council of Europe’s Committee of Social Rights said the Netherlands should not reject asylum seekers and other foreigners until a final ruling.
The political climate in the Netherlands is racistic. The government should take responsibility and start a nationwide anti-discriminating campaign. This was stated by the National Ombudsman, Alex Brenninkmeijer, on Sunday in the Program Buitenhof.
It was his response to the report of the Council of Europe which says that the Netherlands have to do something about the increasing racism. The report says also that there should be a national strategy against discrimination by race.
Netherlands needs to better address racism in society. Racism in a crime must be considered an aggravating circumstance . Also a national strategy is needed to combat discrimination on grounds of race.