Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs "strongly" condemns a bombing attack on an aid convoy in the Syrian province of Aleppo. According to him, the bombing "resembles a war crime", he said from New York on Tuesday, where he is attending the UN General Assembly
Over the past summer 34 kids were abducted in the Netherlands and taken abroad by one of their parents. A significant increase compared to the 25 kids this happened to last year, according to the International Child Abduction Center
An explosion on a ferry between the Indonesian islands of Bali and Lombok left at least two people dead and 13 wounded. According to Reuters, a Dutch person and an Indonesian person were killed.
Dutch man Peter de Bruijn has been stuck in India for two years, since an Indian woman accused him of breaking a marriage vow - which could carry a prison sentence of up to seven years in the country. His passport was confiscated and he is awaiting trial. He told his story to the Volkskrant.
Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs added 9 new names to the Netherlands' national terrorism watch list, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Tuesday. The list now contains the names of 61 Dutch individuals and 3 organizations.
Only days after Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Foreign Minister Bert Koenders' frantic diplomatic efforts to limit Turkish interference in Dutch society, the Turkish state news agency published a new so-called "Gulen list" on Tuesday. The list contains names of organizations in the Netherlands allegedly affiliated with Fethullah Gulen, which are to be boycotted because they are considered enemies of the Turkish State. Politicians in the Netherlands are furious.
Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs criticized the way in which Turkey reacted to a failed coup in the country in July during his visit to his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara n Monday. According to the Dutch minister, there should be limits to how far the Turkish government is willing to go.
Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs will be visiting Turkey next week, the first Dutch Minister to visit the country after a failed military coup in mid-July. He plans to remind the country to respect the law and not let tensions in Turkey spill over to the Netherlands
Both Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders expressed their condolences to Italy following a 6.2 magnitude earthquake that left several towns in ruin. "The Netherlands stands ready to help where asked", Rutte said on Facebook.
It's an annoying situation, but the the Moroccan passports with Dutch visas that were stolen last week can do little harm, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs said to the Telegraaf on Friday.
71 passports of Moroccan citizens who applied for Dutch visas were stolen in Morocco last week. The theft happened while the passports were being transported by a secure transport courier company
The Netherlands will not take prisoners from controversial American prison Guantanamo Bay unless more is done to reduce, or eventually close the facility, Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders emphasized on Thursday. Almost nothing meaningful has been done by the U.S. to move in that direction, he said of the facility on the island of Cuba.
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs adjusted its travel advice for visiting Thailand following a series of 11 bombings on Thursday and Friday that left at least four people dead and 35 injured, including tourists.
Amnesty International, the federation of human rights organizations FIDH, the Dutch lawyers committee for human rights and the Coalition for the International Criminal Court all feel that the Dutch authorities are not vigilant enough to threats against human rights defenders
As far as is known to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, four Dutch people were injured in a series of bombings in Thailand on Thursday night and Friday morning, the ministry said in a statement.
Thailand was rocked by a series of explosions on Thursday night and Friday morning. At least four people were killed and many more were injured, including at least one Dutch tourist.
Human rights lawyer Nada Kiwanson and her family is living under extra security in their home in the Netherlands after she received numerous death threats because of her work for the International Criminal Court
On Thursday Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs called for direct and effective aid to civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo. The Netherlands is insisting on at least a temporary cease fire, humanitarian assistance and making food drops possible, the Ministry reported in a statement on Thursday.
Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs is calling on the international community to increase pressure on Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. This is the only way that a genocide, like what happened in Rwanda and Srebrenica, can be avoided in the Syrian city of Aleppo, he wrote in an opinion piece published in British newspaper The Independent.
The Dutch consulate in the Iraqi city of Erbil had personal contact with Laura H. - a Dutch woman who escaped from the ISIS caliphate with her two kids two weeks ago, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced.
The government is calling on Turkish-Dutch citizens to report if they are threatened by supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs wrote in a letter to parliament on Thursday
The Netherlands made 45 million euros available for cleaning up landmines in former conflict areas, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Wednesday. The Ministry is investing the money in three demining projects operating in a total of 13 countries.
"Stability and a constitutional state are now of incredible importance in Turkey, for the Turks themselves and for Europe", Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs said in Brussels on Monday. According to him, it is also very important that an "ax-day" does not follow the attempted military coup in the country last week
Dutch King Willem-Alexander expressed his condolences to the people of France following a terrorist attack in Nice on Thursday. "Our heart goes out to the victims of the attack in Nice", he said. So far there have been no reports of Dutch victims.