discrimination

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Sep 21 '17 10:50

Dutch Muslims experience more discrimination than Muslims in other European Union countries, according to a study among 10 thousand Muslims by the European Agency for Fundamental Rights. Of the 15 investigated EU Member States, only Muslims in Greece experience more discrimination than those in the Netherlands, NOS reports.

Jong Ajax player Mees de Wit with manager Stefano van Delden
Sep 18 '17 10:03

Stefano van Delden, manager of Jong Ajax player Mees de Wit, was attacked after a football match in Helmond on Friday night. "It was clearly about my skin color", he said, according to RTL Nieuws. He pressed charges of public violence and vandalism with the police. Football director of Helmond Sport, Marcel van den Bunder, condemned the violence on Monday. He called it "unacceptable" and "unworthy of Helmond Sport" in a response to Omroep Brabant. 

Anti-fascist demonstrators block the way of a Fortress Europe, Pegida march in Enschede, 17 Sept 2017
Sep 18 '17 07:59

A total of 32 people were arrested during demonstrations in Enschede by extreme right-wing collaboration group Fortress Europe, which includes Pegida, and anti-fascist groups No-Hogesa and AFA on Sunday. All but one of the detainees were released from custody during the course of the day, ANP reports.

The suspect still in custody was a speaker during one of the demonstrations. He is suspected of insulting groups of people and discrimination.

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Aug 1 '17 13:20

The fire brigade is not discriminating by judging men and women equally in the firefighters' periodic condition test, the College for Human Rights ruled, NOS reports.

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Jul 27 '17 08:26

Amsterdam fire department commander Leen Schaap is still struggling to change the culture within the corps, which still shows signs of discrimination, racism and bullying, Mayor Eberhard van der Laan and municipal secretary Arjan van Gils said in a letter to the city council, NU.nl reports.

Commemoration for the abolition of slavery in Amsterdam's Oosterpark, 1 Jul 2017
Jul 14 '17 10:24

The Amsterdam police launched an investigation int racist and discriminatory comments on social media during and after the television broadcast of the commemoration for the abolition of slavery on July 1st, NOS reports.

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Jul 11 '17 16:30

Two Rotterdam students planned to vacation in the United States, but they got no further than JFK Airport in New York. There the American authorities decided to deny them access to the country. "Because we are Muslim", Othmane Charib and Ismail Aghzanay said in a video they made from London after being deported. 

"We were treated like criminals. We had to sit back to back with each other and weren't allowed to make eye contact." Charib tells in the video. "They took our pictures and fingerprints. Our tickets were torn to pieces. Dogs are treated better."

Gavel (Source: Wikimedia/Brian Turner)
Jul 10 '17 15:30

The Maria Montessori school in the Hague must pay a Muslim mother 500 euros in compensation because her children missed being in the class photo, which was taken during Eid al-Adha, the court in the Hague ruled on Monday. The mother's lawyer called it discrimination that the photographer came when Islamic children had the day off for the so-called Sacrifice Feast, AD reports.

Looking for a job
Jul 6 '17 08:05

A Dutch person with a criminal record has a better chance of finding a job in the Netherlands than someone with a non-Western background and no criminal record, according to a study done by researchers from a number of Dutch universities. Their conclusion is that when looking for work in the Netherlands, ethnicity is more important that criminal records, NOS reports.

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Jul 5 '17 13:10

The PVV is demonstrating in Arnhem on Wednesday afternoon against the city's decision to . Marcouch is not surprised by the opposition from the PVV, but does regret the fact that PVV leader Geert Wilders is using racial hatred to deny Arnhem its choice in leader, he said to newspaper AD.

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Jun 30 '17 13:55

The number of female firefighters, both professional and volunteer, decreased significantly over the past year. This year there are 25 percent less volunteer and 10 percent less professional female firefighters. A new, more intense condition test and changes within the corps are to blame, according to the federation for volunteer firefighters VBV, NOS reports. 

Jun 29 '17 08:00

People in the Netherlands have a "relatively large awareness" about discrimination, according to social and cultural planning office SCP's quarterly report. At the same time, there is also a lot of skepticism about discrimination - many respondents feel that people claim discrimination too quickly and that some groups are hyper-sensitive about the topic, ANP reports.

Every quarter the SCP surveys respondents about their political views and their views on social issues for its Continual Research on Civil Perspective. Discrimination stood central for the second quarter's survey.

Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet (Source: Wikimedia/Jan Arkesteijn)
Jun 28 '17 16:40

The Dutch judiciary does not have to prosecute companies for using blackface Zwarte Piet, the court in Amsterdam ruled on Wednesday in an Article 12 procedure brought by the foundation Nederland Wordt Beter, NU.nl reports.

Münire Manisa
Jun 28 '17 14:40

Amsterdam PvdA politician Munire Manisa was flooded with negative reactions when she took a position on the board of LGBT interest association COC last week. She was accused of being a traitor, a bad Muslim and that her DNA was infected by unbelievers. "I did not want to pay attention to it, but apparently people think that I'm silent because I accept these cowardly accusations", she wrote in response on Facebook.

Sylvana Simons
Jun 28 '17 14:00

A Facebook post by Dutch broadcaster RTL Nieuws about politician Sylvana Simons looking for a new name for her multicultural political party, led to so many "negative and racist responses" that the broadcaster decided to remove the post.

Pregnant
Jun 9 '17 09:58

The Netherlands' new hotline for pregnancy discrimination received over 550 reports from women in just two weeks, the College of Human Rights revealed on Friday, ANP reports.

The bulk of the reports came from women with a temporary or flexible contract, and women working through a temporary employment agency.

"The high number of reports that came in in a relatively short time stresses the urgency of the problem", the college said, according to the news wire. "It makes clear that the current approach to pregnancy discrimination needs to be tightened further."

Geert Wilders
Jun 7 '17 12:45

The Dutch Public Prosecutor will not prosecute Geert Wilders over statements he made in a speech in Vienna, Austria in March 2015, the prosecutor announced. The Prosecutor to investigate Wilders for hate speech, but his statements are not punishable by Dutch law, according to the Prosecutor, NU.nl reports.

Sylvana Simons
May 18 '17 13:30

On Thursday the court in Amsterdam gave sentences of up to 80 hours of community service and fines up to 450 euros for incitement, threats, insult and discrimination against politician . The judge said that with the sentences the court wants to make clear that crossing the boundaries of freedom of expression has consequences, NU.nl report.

Mosque in Europe
May 15 '17 13:55

Controversial websites GeenStijl and Powned definitely make use of Islamophobic language and may play a part in the rising anti-Muslim sentiment in the Netherlands, University of Amsterdam researcher Dr. said to NPO Radio 1.

Feyenoord wins the Eredivisie title for the first time in 18 years, 14 May 2017
May 15 '17 07:44

A total of 76 people were arrested in Rotterdam after Feyenoord beat Heracles Almelo 3-1 on Sunday and thereby became the national champions for the first time in 18 years. According to the police, there were "no major incidents'' during the celebrations. Feyenoord will be officially congratulated and honored in a ceremony on Coolsingel around noon on Monday.

May 9 '17 07:38

The number of Dutch transgenders who changed their gender on their passport increased significantly following the implementation of the transgender law. Between 2007 and 2014 about 80 people per year changed their gender on their passport, according to figures from social and cultural planning office SCP. In 2015 there were 770 gender changes, NU.nl reports.

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Apr 12 '17 11:50

The vast majority of Dutch parliamentarians wants the government to punish schools who do not teach LGBT awareness and acceptance lessons. Almost the entire Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, supported the motion filed by SP parliamentarian Jasper van Dijk, NOS reports. 

According to the Education Inspectorate, about 20 percent of primary- and high schools don't teach their students about sexual diversity, despite this being mandatory since 2012. The same is true for about 40 percent of the ROCs.

Mar 30 '17 13:45

The number of reports of physical violence in Dutch schools increased from 426 to 569 in the 2015/16 school year, according to a report from the Education Inspectorate. The complaints about discrimination on the grounds of race or religion decreased by around 40 percent to 28 complaints. The total number of reports decreased slightly, from 2,000 to 1,962, the Telegraaf reports.

A child walks near members of the Muslim community attending midday prayers at Strasbourg Grand Mosque in Strasbourg, France
Mar 27 '17 15:20

On Monday morning construction workers found anti-Islam banners hung at the construction site for a mosque on M. Nijhoffstraat in Weesp. The police removed the "discriminating banners" and are calling on witnesses to come forward, the police write on Facebook.

According to broadcaster NOS, the banners read "Islam = terrorism", "Stop the construction. Come in resistance" and "The Quran is poison". 

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