While on a State visit to Indinesia, Dutch King Willem-Alexander made surprise apologies for excessive violence used during the Netherlands' colonial past in the country.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima will, with a few possible exceptions, not shake anyone's hands during their State visit to Indonesia this week. This is to reduce the chance of catching the coronavirus Covid-19, was reported during the briefing ahead of the state visit on Monday, AD reports.
King Willem-Alexander's state visit to Indonesia from 10 to 13 March will not be canceled over coronavirus concerns for the time being, government information service RVD said. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is examining the situation on a daily basis, but for now assumes the visit will continue as planned, ANP reports.
The same applies to a trade mission led by Minister Sigrid Kaag for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. The trade mission will happen at the same time as the King's state visit.
The Dutch ex-husband of a woman was arrested after confessing to causing her death in Indonesia, police in the Banyuwangi Regency of East Java said at a press conference. Hendrik T., 56, was taken into custody for the strangulation death of 41-year-old Nur Hofiani at his home.
He allegedly wrapped a USB cable around Hofiani's neck when she was snoring loudly and ignored his efforts to wake her up. He yanked on the cord when she continued to snore, and died. The two had a child together before they divorced in 2016, the Telegraaf reported.
The Netherlands is liable for the execution of one man and the torture of another in the former Dutch East Indies, the Court of Appeals in The Hague ruled on Tuesday in two lawsuits filed by children of the victims against the Dutch state. These crimes are not time-barred, the court ruled, AD reports.
The lawsuit was filed by the children of an executed man, and by tortured man Javaan Yaseman, who has since died, and his children.
Dutch-Australian human rights activist Jan Ruff-O'Herne died at the age of 96 in the Australian city of Adelaide. Ruff-O'Herne was the first of the so-called "comfort women" to openly tell how she was used as a sex slave by Japanese soldiers in a military run "comfort station" during World War II, NOS reports.
After opening the new Museum Sophiahof in The Hague on Thursday, King Willem-Alexander stopped to speak to a group of demonstrators protesting against the opening of the museum, which focuses on the cultural and historical legacy of the Dutch East Indies. The protesters are descendants of soldiers and civil servants who worked under the administration of the then Dutch East Indies, but never received salary during the Japanese occupation between 1942 and 1945, NOS reports.
The Rijksmuseum is in talks with Sri Lanka and Indonesia about the restitution of art taken from those countries in colonial times. Rijksmusuem director Taco Dibbits called it scandalous that the Netherlands hasn't worried about this issue before now. "We should have done this much earlier. There is no excuse for that", he said to newspaper Trouw.
Dozens of Dutch tourists are still stuck on and around Lombok after a massive earthquake hit the Indonesian island on Sunday. Evacuations are chaotic. All departing flights are fully booked and there are long queues at the airport. And boats are struggling to evacuate the mass of people, relatives of stranded Dutch told newspaper AD.
As far as is known, no Dutch were killed in a severe earthquake that hit the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday. Some Dutch were injured, but their injuries are not serious, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said to RTL Nieuws.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 hit the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday afternoon. At least 91 people were killed, hundreds were injured and thousands of homes were destroyed. The earthquake also destroyed a children's home run by Dutch man Chaim Fetter. "It is a massive tragedy. You build something for 14 years and it is destroyed in less than 10 seconds. But luckily all the children are unharmed", he said to NOS.
The children of former soldiers of the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army (KNIL) seek recognition for "a forgotten chapter in their history". Moluccans who came to the Netherlands as KNIL soldiers in 1951 were not always allowed to bring all their children, resulting in around 300 children being left behind, according to Maluku4Maluku, a foundation committed to getting recognition for Moluccan KNIL soldiers, NOS reports.
Adopted children from Sri Lanka and Indonesia filed a lawsuit against the Dutch government over errors in their adoption procedures in the 1980's. They want the government to compensate the high costs they're incurring in the search for their origin and biological parents, according to a Zembla broadcast on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.
Last year Zembla reported that adoption files of children from Sri Lanka and Indonesia, among others, were falsified on a large scale and that biological parents did not always give their child up voluntarily.
The police intercepted a large shipment containing hundreds of skins of snakes, iguanas and other protected reptiles. The shipment, sent from Indonesia to Eindhoven, was destined to become jackets for "notorious" outlaw motorcycle gangs in the Netherlands, the police said in a statement on Tuesday. A suspect was arrested in Eindhoven last week.
The airport in Bali is reopening today, the Indonesian authorities announced. The Denpasar airport was closed for two days because of poor visibility caused by volcano Agung spewing ash into the air. Despite the airport's reopening, KLM is not resuming its flights yet, RTL Nieuws reports.
Website Flightradar24 shows that planes are indeed moving to and from the Indonesian island again, according to the broadcaster.
The Indonesian authorities closed the international airport on Bali due to an eruption of volcano Agung spewing large amounts of ash on the island. A total of 445 flights were canceled, resulting in 59 thousand travelers stranded on the island, NOS reports.
A 37-year-old Dutch man was arrested on Bali with 2 liters of cannabis oil in his possession. He was arrested in Batu Belig on Sunday, immediately after taking possession of the cannabis oil, RTL Nieuws reports.
The suspect has been living in a villa in Batu Belig, a town north of Kuta, for two years, according to the broadcaster. He was under surveillance by the Indonesian authorities for some time. The Dutch man has not yet been charged.
The Dutch Ministry of Defense will pay tribute to the last still living Moluccan soldiers who fought for the Netherlands in the colonial army in Indonesia. The former soldiers will be received on De Zwalunberg estate and receive medals they are entitled to. They will also be recognized as veterans, ANP reports.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is calling on Dutch people in Bali to register themselves with the Dutch embassy due to an imminent volcanic eruption on the island. People planning to go to the Indonesian island should also make sure they're registered with the embassy. Dutch on the island can register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' 24/7 concact center, RTL Nieuws reports.
Hundreds more Indonesians were executed than initially thought when the Netherlands tried to suppress a revolt on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi in 1947. At least 1,550 people were killed, and not 1,200 as listed in the National Archives, De Correspondent reports based on its own research.
De Correspondent spoke to 90 eye witnesses and relatives for this study. The victims were mainly killed in executions under the leadership of three Dutch soldiers. Victims came from dozens of villages in the regions of Pare-Pare and Madjene.
A 46-year-old Dutch man was arrested on the Indonesian island of Bali for the possession of 0.83 grams of hashish. Drug possession on the island carries a maximum prison sentence of 12 years, according to newspaper AD.
Eindhoven company Tidal Bridge and construction company Strukton are working on a bridge between the east-Indonesian islands of Flores and Adonara that will change the lives of half a million people living on the islands. The 800 meter long floating bridge is equipped with turbines underneath that will generate a steady supply of electricity to the islands, Eindhovens Dagblad reports.
More than 500 children of men believed to have been executed by the Dutch army in the former Dutch East Indies between 1946 and 1949 plan to claim compensation from the Dutch state, lawyer Liesbeth Zegveld said to RTL Nieuws.
Zegveld sent a list of 520 names of these now elderly children, complete with place and date of their fathers' executions, to Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and Foreign Affairs Minister Bert Koenders. She hopes to avoid that they have to file a lawsuit against the Dutch state.
Three Dutch war ships that were sunk by the Japanese navy during the Battle of the Java Sea in 1942, are indeed missing from the seabed off the coast of Indonesia, the Ministry of Defense announced. The initial results of an investigation also shows traces of a salvage operation, AD reports.