Sunday, August 30, 2015

UN Committee against Racial Discrimination critical of Dutch “black Piet” tradition

The CERD, the committee of UN human rights experts is critical of the Netherlands.  It wants the Dutch state to take a strong position against incitement for political purposes.  It specifically expresses its worry about the way the Dutch tradition of “black Piet” is sometimes carried out.  The committee refers in particular to the way this figure is presented, which it considers a reflection of negative stereotypes of people from African origin.  Black Piet is the assistant of the holy Nicolas, a saint from Dutch folklore, whose national day is the 5th of December.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Highest number of tick bites recorded in Dutch province

680 tick bites were recorded in the province of Gelderland in July 2015 alone.  This was announced by the National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM).  This high number is unprecedented in the province.  In general, more tick bites are reported from Gelderland than from anywhere else in the Netherlands.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Over 50% of female Dutch murder victims were killed by their partners

From 2010 to 2014, seven hundred and seventy-seven people met their deaths through violence.  Two thirds of the victims were men.  More than half of the women who were murdered in the past four years were killed by their partners or former partners.  In more than 90% of the cases, this resulted from domestic circumstances or jealousy.  Most of the women were strangled or stabbed.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Wilders: Judges expressed prejudice against our party on television

Geert Wilders, leader of the PVV Freedom Party, has said that judges interviewed in television programs regularly show bias against his party.  In a recent program, one judge stated that he would be less likely to employ a candidate who voted for the PVV.  However, he had no problem with the extremist leftist Socialist Party.  Wilders called this discrimination.  Wilders is currently facing charges following his call for a reduction in the number of Moroccans permitted to settle in the Netherlands.  Wilders stated that in light of this publicly expressed prejudice against his party, the process against him is a farce.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Asylum seekers receive preference over Dutch citizens for subsidized housing

Asylum seekers who have received residence permits are first in line for subsidized housing.  This comes at the expense of Dutch citizens, entitled to such housing.  Municipalities are afraid that the problems concerning subsidized housing are constantly getting worse.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Major failure in campaign to prevent harassment in the workplace

Leading trade union FNV says that companies and organizations are legally obligated to prevent harassment in the workplace, yet seldom have a program to do so.  The campaign initiated by Minister of Social Affairs Asscher in June has been a major failure. The FNV claims this in view of the suicide of a 51-year-old teacher in the province of Limburg as a result of frequent harassment.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Illegal squatters occupy Amsterdam building

The picture has no connection to the building mentioned in the article

Sympathizers of the refugee collective “We are Here” have occupied a former art academy building in the Eastern part of Amsterdam.  According to the police, there are 30 occupiers in the building.  These people want to turn the building into a home for asylum seekers who have to return to their country.  The police do not know what nationality these people hold.