A taxi firm in Amsterdam is refusing to drive people dressed as Sinterklaas or Zwarte Piet in protest of human rights violations widely believed to be perpetrated by the chocolate industry. Taxi Electric says that four of every ten chocolate bars are made by children, and one in ten is produced by slave labour.
Joran van der Sloot has gone on a hunger strike because of his transfer to another prison in Peru. Guards found a mobile phone in his possession.
The shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine may be a war crime. The High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations, Navi Pillay, said that this could be the ruling once the investigations into the tragedy have come to an end.
A city councillor in Breda has been kicked out of his own party’s faction there after making statements comparing the rights of homosexuals to the rights of pedophiles. Labour party (PvdA) member Jamal Nouhi made the comments when suggesting that the foundation Human Rights Watch should stop lobbying for gay rights in Morocco, calling it a religious issue.
PvdA council member for Breda, Jamal Nouhi, has been reprimanded by his party for his comments about homosexuals, who say that the expressions are unfitting and unacceptable.
Ex-president of Liberia, Charles Taylor, has issued a request for transfer of his prison term to Rwanda. This was announced by Taylor's lawyer John Jones on Tuesday.
Dutch employers' organization VNO-NCW placed an anti-Wilders advertisement in diverse newspapers in Saudi Arabia today and yesterday. Among others, the papers Asharq Al-Awsat, Al-Riyadh and Al-Yaum, ran an ad in which the organization takes distance form the anti-Islam sticker campaign of Geert Wilders, on behalf of Dutch entrepreneurs.
Saudi Arabia has begun imposing trade sanctions against companies based in the Netherlands in reaction to PVV-leader Geert Wilders' anti-Islam stickers. The measures will be imposed by declaration of King Abdullah, nu.nl reports.
Dozens of mayors have signed a letter supporting the assertion of Children’s Ombudsman Marc Dullaert that too many kids are refused asylum in the Netherlands. Bunnik mayor Hans Martijn Ostendorp let the call to action, which was supported by mayors across the Netherlands. The letter is being sent to Fred Teeven, the State Secretary for Security and Justice (VVD).
During the lottery for 'Gay pride' contenders, Sunday evening, it was determined that this year's Gay Pride parade in Amsterdam on August 2nd will feature a Jewish, an American, and a Moroccan boat for the first time. 120 boats entered the lottery.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday at Sochi, and used the opportunity to discuss gay rights in Russia.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte is scheduled to meet with the Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi on Friday, announced the Government Information Service (RVD).
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a 153-page-report on human rights in the European Union on its website, Wednesday, of which 9 pages (in the English version) are dedicated to the Netherlands.
The government is concerned about criticism that the World Bank gives insufficient attention to human rights. The Netherlands will ask questions to the World Bank about this issue. Minister Lilianne Ploumen (Foreign Trade and Development) has said that on Tuesday in response to a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW).
Four Dutch who were engaged in making a documentary about homosexuality in Russia, have been arrested on suspicion of gay propaganda. This was reported by the NOS. Today the four face the court. They get support from the staff of the Dutch consulate.
The prosecution demands a fine for the four. The Dutch were arrested at a festival in Murmansk, near the border with Finland. One of the arrested is Kris van der Veen, councilor for GroenLinks in Groningen.