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 Dutch hotline for internet discrimination MiND is facing heat after one of its employees suggested that hate speech against LGBT people is allowed as long as it is in the name of faith. Titus Visser, director of NL Confidential to which MiND belongs, apologized for this "error in judgement", the Volkskrant reports.
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 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.
A Connexxion bus driver in Amstelveen told a family of color to get off the bus to make room for "real Dutch people" on Thursday, a man who was on the bus wrote on Twitter, according to RTV Amstelveen.
The incident happened around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Amstelveen bus station. The tweets led to outrage online and were eventually removed.
Far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders, on trial for hate speech, said he has a responsibility to pointedly address the problems he sees in Dutch society no matter how sensitive the topic. “I’m still here. I’m never giving up,” Wilders said in court as part of his closing statement.
Geert Wilders can partly thank the current hate-speech trial against him to a legislative proposal he himself supported in 2005, according to professor of sanction law Henny Sackers. In 2005 the Public Prosecutor filed a motion to increase prosecutioin and punishment for hate speech, racism and discrimination - and Wilders supported it, the Volkskrant reports.
The Hague city councilor Fatima Faid is filing a report with the Discrimination Office over a video made to the song "Oh Sylvana" by carnival singer Rob van Daal and posted online. The video, and several others like it, makes fun of and insults DENK politician Sylvana Simons, Omroep Brabant reports.
The song "Oh Sylvana" also strongly seems too be be about the politician, though singer Rob van Daal denies this.
The Public Prosecutor abused its power by charging Geert Wilders with hate speech, according to the PVV leader's lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops in court on Friday. According to the lawyer, the Prosecutor charged Wilders because he doesn't like Wilders' beliefs, not because theya re punishable, Telegraaf reporter Saskia Belleman tweets live from within the court room.
Protest group Kick Out Zwarte Piet is plainning at least three more protests against blackface Zwarte Piet in the coming weeks, the organization announced on Thursday, ANP reports.
The group will hold "peaceful protests" at Sinterklaas' arrival in Leiden on November 19th, in Utrecht on November 26th and Rotterdam on November 207th.
Public Prosecutor Wouter Bos believes that the hate speech trial against Geert Wilders revolves around two fundemental values in Dutch society: freedom of expression and protection against discrimination, he said in court on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.
Elderly care organization Amsta is opening a special home for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elderly people in the Dr Sarphati house in Amsterdam. "Here you do not have to explain how you lived your life", the organization said to Het Parool. The home opens on Wednesday and will initially have room for 8 LGBT elders.
About 40 Dutch-Moroccans had the chance to demand compensation from Geert Wilders in court on Monday as the hate speech trial against the PVV leader continued. According to the aggrieved parties, Wilders is responsible for the acceptance of discrimination in the Netherlands, AD reports.
The Sinterklaas arrival committees in the vast majority of Dutch towns and cities decided to keep their Zwarte Pieten traditional with blackface makeup, according to a survey by NOS and regional broadcasters. Only two of the 223 surveyed committees will have no blackface makeup at Sinterklaas' arrival - Amsterdam and Heemstede.
While the Netherlands is working hard to meet the United Nations targets for a fairer and sustainable world, other European countries are doing relatively better when it comes to clean energy and combatting climate change, according to a report Statistics Netherlands released on Friday.
At the request of Geert Wilders, lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops announced a recusal request against one of the judges in the hate speech trial against the PVV leader. In court on Thursday Knoops announced that they want judge Elianne van Rens removed from the case because Wilders believes her biased, the Volkskrant reports.
The Hague municipality is implementing anonymous job applications on a permanent basis following a very successful trial, the municipality confirmed to the Telegraaf.
If you want to apply for a job at the municipality of The Hague, your name, birthplace and homeland will be blacked out on your CV and introduction letter. That means that the Selection Committee can judge whether or not you're suitable for the job based on your qualifications alone. Soon age will also be removed to prevent discrimination against older people.
Anti-blackface group Kick Out Zwarte Piet (KOZP) plans to protest in Maassluis during Sinterklaas' national arrival on November 12th. "For us 2016 will be the last year that December has an aftertaste of colonialism, slavery and opression", the group said according to RTL Nieuws.
According to the KOZP, Zwarte Piet in his current form is a racist figure.
A total of 6,474 people pressed charges against PVV leader Geert Wilders after he made statements about "fewer Moroccans" while campaigning in The Hague in 2014, was revealed in the high security court at Schiphol on Monday. This is the first day of the 12-day long hate-speech trial against the PVV leader.
The criminal trial against PVV leader Geert Wilders starts in the high security court at Schiphol today. Wilders is facing various forms of hate speech charges over statements he made about Moroccans while campaigning in The Hague in 2014.
DENK politician Sylvana Simons thinks that football analyst Johan Derksen should attend a discrimination course so he can realize the effect his comments have. In an open letter she addresses comments Derksen made on Voetbal Inside on Monday comparing her to a monkey.
The PvdA is focusing on fighting discrimination in its campaign for next year's elections. The party wants a harsher approach by considering racism a hate crime with higher penalties and dedicating specialized police officers to address the problem, AD reports.
The party wants to use "naming and shaming" against employers who discriminate against their employees or prospective employees. The party also feels that the police and Public Prosecutor should put more effort into catching and prosecuting racists.
Broadcaster RTL will not be using blacface makeup on Zwarte Piet this year. The media company decided to from now on only use Pieten with soot marks on their face, RTL said in a statement.
"For one part the image of Zwarte Piet is discriminatory, while others find that Zwarte Piet is an integral part of the tradition", the broadcaster said in a statemetn. "RTL understands both points of view, but also believes that this discussion should not be about what's right, but understanding for each other."
The Discrimination Hotline for the Amsterdam region is calling on people to report cases of discrimination, harassment and racism during the Sinterklaas season, NOS reports.
According to the Hotline, the “controversial figure of Zwarte Piet”, annually causes situations to get out of hand at school, work and other public places. The Hotline is consciously choosing to actively participate in the debate on what Zwarte Piet should look like.