human rights violation

Palm oil harvesting
Nov 25 '19 13:30

Dutch development bank FMO is contributing to the violation of basic human rights on palm oil plantations in Congo through its funding of palm oil company Feronia, Trouw reports based on a study by Human Rights Watch. On the plantations, underpaid workers are exposed to toxic pesticides and chemically contaminated drinking water, according to the researchers.

Human Rights Watch spent a year researching the practices of Feronia. FMO is one of four development banks that fund the company.

Group photo of the G20 Summit 2019 in Osaka, Japan
Oct 8 '19 15:20

SP parliamentarian Sadet Karabulut wants the Netherlands to boycott the G20 summit in Saudi Arabia next year. The Saudi regime is too controversial, Karabulut said, referring to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, among other things. The D66 thinks the Netherlands should go and address these issues, RTL Nieuws reports.

China national flags
Sep 30 '19 09:54

Coalition parties CDA and D66 are flabbergasted by the fact that the government's China Strategy does not mention anything about the poor human rights situation in China. Opposition parties are also critical. The Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, will debate the strategy, in which the government explained its policy towards China, with Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs on Monday, NOS reports.

Slavery monument in Oosterpark in Amsterdam
Jun 17 '19 08:01

The annual lecture to commemorate the abolition of slavery in the Netherlands, the Keti Koti lecture, has been canceled due to controversy that arose around the invited speaker, publicist Sandew Hira the national institute for Dutch slavery past NiNsee announced this weekend. Opponents criticize Hira for supporting Surinamese president Desi Bouterse, despite human rights violations in the country, the Volkskrant reports.

A destroyed neighborhood in Raqqa, Syria, 1 Aug 2017
Sep 27 '18 08:16

The Netherlands was well aware of human rights violations committed by Syrian rebel movement Jabhat al-Shamiya when the country started offering them logistical support, Nieuwsuur and Trouw report based on emails sent between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and human rights organization Amnesty International in the summer of 2016. Despite this knowledge, the Dutch government decided to send Jabhat al-Shamiya logistical supplies in 2017.

Palm oil harvesting in Liberia
Jul 2 '18 14:10

The three large Dutch banks - ABN Amro, ING and Rabobank - are structurally involved in abuses in the palm oil sector. These abuses include land grabbing, human rights violations and cutting down rainforests, according to two reports environmental organization Milieudefensie published on Monday, ANP reports.

According to Milieudefensie, between 2010 and 2018 the three banks invested at least 4.9 billion euros into 14 palm oil companies guilty of 118 abuses in nine countries. 

Vught prison
Oct 31 '17 08:07

Detainees in the special terrorist departments in the prisons in De Schie and Vught are detained under inhumane conditions, human rights organizations Amnesty International and Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) said in a report. "People are locked up in their cell for long periods and systematically undergo degrading visitations", the report states, RTL Nieuws reports.

Some 2,000 people gather on Schouwburgplein in Rotterdam to protest against human rights violations in Morocco's Rif region, 4 Jun 2017
Jun 16 '17 09:05

A new reporting point was established for Dutch-Moroccans to report racial abuse, religious abuse or any form of intimidation and threats. Reports to Rif Alert! can be made by mail or their website, ANP reports.

Many people who demonstrates in the Netherlands against the violation of human rights in the northern Moroccan region of Rif, face threats and intimidation, according to the Rif Alert! action group. The activists call on Dutch-Moroccans to report threats and intimidation, so that something can be done to prevent them.

Eritrean flag
Apr 11 '17 10:15

A number of politicians in The Hague are concerned about a conference for supporters of the Eritrean dictatorial regime that is planned for the Netherlands, NOS reports based on information from OneWorld.

The gathering will be the annual European conference for youth wing of the only party allowed in Eritrea. It is not yet clear when and where the conference will be held. But according to the broadcaster, it will be in the Netherlands and in the next couple of days. Around 650 people are expected to attend. 

Edith Schippers (Source: Wikimedia/Rijksoverheid.nl)
Mar 4 '14 13:58

The cabinet will not send delegates to the Paralympics in Sochi due to the current situation in Ukraine.

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