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May 24 '18 08:37

Housing association De Voorzorg in Hoensbroek discriminated against potential tenants between 2013 and 2016, according to forensic investigation by Integis. When talking to potential tenants, the housing association looked at things like race, appearance, health, sexual orientation, religion, ex-partners, hobbies and even body odor, and this played a role in the allocation of housing, NOS reports.

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May 10 '18 08:52

Anti-Islam movement Pegida is planing to roast pigs on the spit in front of five mosques during Ramadan. The action is planned for mosques in Arnhem, Gouda, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague, during the evening prayer, AD reports.

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May 2 '18 09:15

The number of reports of sexual abuse within the Jehovah's Witnesses now stands at 267, Reclaimed Voices, a foundation that manages the hotline for this type of abuse, said to newspaper Trouw.

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Apr 24 '18 15:00

At least 30 Islamic organizations in the Netherlands have applied for and received funding from conservative Gulf States in recent years. This involves millions of euros coming to the Netherlands from Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, NRC and Nieuwsuur report based on confidential government information they managed to get hold of.

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Apr 16 '18 08:14

The number of complaints about discrimination against people with disabilities reached a record high last year. The Netherlands Institute for Human Rights received a total of 810 such complaints, compared to 579 in 2016 and 342 in 2015, RTL Nieuws reports.

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Mar 28 '18 09:19

Dutch newspaper Reformatorisch Dagblad (RD) faced a storm of social media criticism after the Christian newspaper distributed flyers calling for protest against a Suitsupply ad campaign showing kissing men with its newspapers on Monday. 

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Mar 26 '18 08:31

Controversial imam Fawaz Jneid from The Hague called Rotterdam mayor Ahmad Aboutaleb an 'enemy of Islam' and a renegade Muslim in an hour long preach on social media, reports the Telegraaf, who had the Arabic preach translated to Dutch by a credited interpreter.

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Feb 7 '18 08:57

Ruling party ChristenUnie wants violence with a religious or racist motive to be punished more harshly, as is already the case for violence against public officials. "If you fulfill a public function in the public domain and are attacked, we believe you need extra protection. That must also apply here", said Gert-Jan Segers, leader of the Christian party, NOS reports.

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Feb 6 '18 16:50

The Amsterdam party for the elderly PvdO refuses to work with the D66 over a statement candidate councilor Yassmine El Ksaihi made about homosexuality in an interview with NRC in 2010. The D66 candidate said that "homosexuality is a sin in Islam".

"This statement is pure homophobia and seriously impedes the emancipation of homosexuals", Wil van Soest of the PvdO said to the Telegraaf. The party will not work with the D66 as long as it supports homophobia, according to the newspaper.

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Dec 22 '17 07:44

The Kerst Event Zwolle - the biggest living nativity scene in the Netherlands - does not allow Muslims to play a part in their nativity scene. "You can hardly play the role of Joseph if you are not a Christian yourself", co-organizer Cees Scholten said. But that reasoning does not sit well with everyone, De Gelderlander reports.

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Dec 5 '17 10:10

The majority of countries violate the rights of atheists and non-religious people, according to the annual Freedom of Thought report by the International Humanist and Ethical Union. Boris van Ham, chairman of the Dutch Humanist Association, calls on the Dutch government, "as a representative of one of the most secular countries in the world", to work for the freedom of belief for believers and non-believers alike, Trouw reports.

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Nov 28 '17 16:20

Reclaimed Voices, a foundation set up in the Netherlands to denounce sexual abuse by Jehovah's Witnesses, received 46 reports of abuse in just a week's time. The number of reports is shocking, Frank Huiting, one of the founders and himself a victim of sexual abuse in a closed Jehovah's Witnesses community as a child, said to broadcaster NOS. 

Nov 20 '17 12:30

The police discriminated against an administrative officer by forbidding her to wear a headscarf when interacting with the public, the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights ruled on Monday in a complaint filed by the Rotterdam officer, NOS reports.

The officer in question, Sarah Izat, was allowed to wear a headscarf while performing her administrative duties, but had to remove it when interacting with the public - such as when she took 3D declarations.

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Nov 17 '17 16:00

Doctorate student Michael Afanasyev filed a complaint with the College for Human Rights against TU Delft because the university forbade him to defend is dissertation dressed in a 17th century pirate suit. Pirates are an important part of The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which Afanasyev is a priest of, and he therefore feels that TU Delft is discriminating against his religion, the Volkskrant reports.

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Sep 21 '17 10:50

Dutch Muslims experience more discrimination than Muslims in other European Union countries, according to a study among 10 thousand Muslims by the European Agency for Fundamental Rights. Of the 15 investigated EU Member States, only Muslims in Greece experience more discrimination than those in the Netherlands, NOS reports.

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Aug 21 '17 16:00

Islamic organizations are critical of the decision of Minister Stef Blok of Security and Justice to ban controversial imam Fawas Jneid from two neighborhoods in The Hague. The ban is in violation of the constitution and is part of the state's witch hunt on anyone who has a different viewpoint than that of the public opinion, the organizations , NOS reports.

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Jul 21 '17 14:50

Children of Jehovah's Witnesses are easy targets for pedophiles, newspaper Trouw reports after speaking to victims, members and ex-members of the Jehovah's Witnesses. One victim called the Christian society a "paradise for pedophiles".

The victims Trouw spoke to were abused in the 80s and 90s. But according to the victims and others involved, abuse is still happening. The Netherlands counts about 30 thousand Jehovah's Witnesses.

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Jul 10 '17 15:30

The Maria Montessori school in the Hague must pay a Muslim mother 500 euros in compensation because her children missed being in the class photo, which was taken during Eid al-Adha, the court in the Hague ruled on Monday. The mother's lawyer called it discrimination that the photographer came when Islamic children had the day off for the so-called Sacrifice Feast, AD reports.

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Jun 14 '17 12:20

At least five religious leaders known for their extremist views were added to the Netherlands counterterrorism radar between January 2016 and March 2017, the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security Dick Schoof said to AD. The Coordinator would not say how many people are currently on the extremist religious leader list.

The list consists of foreign preachers and other forms of religious leaders who spread anti-democratic messages, or messages of hate and violence. The Netherlands can refuse Visas to the people on the list.

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Jun 13 '17 10:05

A 37-year-old priest was reprimanded by the bishop in Den Bosch for accepting money from a deeply religious, elderly woman. The 89-year-old woman gave over 100 thousand euros to the priest between 2011 and 2015, the Volkskrant reports.

If the priest accepts any more money from the woman, he will be suspended. 

One of the woman's nephews discovered the money transfers. "What my aunt does with her money is her free choice", he said to the Volkskrant. "But I think this is a matter of indoctrination by a priest of a deeply religious woman."

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Jun 6 '17 17:10

Restaurant chain Halal Fried Chicken launched a new advertising campaign especially for Ramadan. Thanks to a clever design from ad agency Etcetera, the chain's bus stop ads in Amsterdam are blank during the daylight hours, and show a plate of delicious fried chicken after nightfall - when Muslims who follow Ramadan can break their fast. 

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May 12 '17 15:30

For the first time ever in the Netherlands, a woman will lead the Islamic Friday Prayers. This will happen during a meeting in Paradiso in Amsterdam, Het Parool reports.

The woman in question is Amina Wadud, an Islamic theologian from the United States. She is known for her fight for women's rights. Wadud is visiting the Netherlands at the invitation of Hasna El Maroudi. 

Wadud is leading the Friday Prayers from the Paradiso because no mosque in the country would allow a woman to do so, three mosque dome organizations said to newspaper Trouw. 

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May 8 '17 13:40

Vandalism at an Apeldoorn apartment left resident Fatiha Chams Eddine (52) too afraid to sleep at home. On Liberation Day the Jewish woman discovered that someone scratched a Star of David and spray-painted the word 'whore' on her basement box in the apartment building where she lives, De Gelderlander reports.

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Apr 12 '17 10:02

A number of Protestant and Roman Catholic schools in The Hague are scaling back on the Christian character of their Easter celebrations in consideration of their non-Christian students. Leaders of Christian schools in The Hague's multicultural neighborhoods feel it is better to adjust their Easter celebrations to accommodate their mainly non-Christian student bodies, AD reports.

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