Children and young people on the Dutch Caribbean islands have too few possibilities "to develop their talents", Children Ombudsman Margrite Kalverboer said in a new report published on Wednesday. On paper the kids on Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius have the same rights as other children in the Netherlands. "But in practice, we see that the bar for children in the Dutch Caribbean is much lower", Kalverboer said, according to the Volkskrant. "We have two standards. That can and must not be."
At least one person faces deportation from the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire, following human trafficking and exploitation controls that were carried out there on Tuesday March 3.
The Netherlands and the Dutch Caribbean island states of Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten have agreed to an exchange of DNA criminal profiles.
The round-up of some of this week’s most noteworthy events and news stories features a major newspaper and a politician apologizing for racial blunders after Mandela's death, the wife of a sailor who is devastated after her husband goes missing, the raid on former Curaçao Prime Minister Schotte's house, Amsterdam's canal water being bottled up, human trafficking and prostitution in the Dutch Caribbean, and Minister Timmermans who doesn't feel like doing the dirty work for other European countries.
Voters in the Dutch Caribbean islands have started receiving their registration forms this week for the election of Dutch members of the European Parliament.
The Second Chamber has adopted a ChristianUnion motion to initiate an independent inquiry into human trafﬁcking and prostitution in the Dutch Caribbean.
King Willem-Alexander and his wife Queen Máxima are visiting for the first time the Dutch Caribbean since becoming monarchs.