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Dutch stops with the Black Pete(zwarte piet) or loses all the Sinterklaas celebration

October 23, 2013

Dutch stops with the Black Pete(zwarte piet) or loses all the Sinterklaas celebration

Zwarte Piet is a throwback to slavery, says UN working party chief Tuesday 22 October 2013 The head of the UN’s human rights committee said in an interview with television show EenVandaag that she would object to the character of Zwarte Piet if she lived in the Netherlands. Verene Shepherd, who is Jamaican, said in the interview that the UN working more...

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African Royal Durbar Festival 2013

August 2, 2013

African Royal Durbar Festival 2013

African Royal Durbar Festival 2013 Working for the future Together and Healthy upbringing   The Hague, July 31 2013 After previous, successful editions of the African Royal Durbar Festival the time has arrived for another spectacular and festive edition. Organised in previous years as GhanaFest (Ghana Festival), this year the event will take place on the more...

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Protecting activists, gay and women’s rights central in Dutch foreign policy

June 18, 2013

Protecting human rights activists, supporting gay and transgender rights, and supporting women’s rights are to be a cornerstone of Dutch foreign policy, the cabinet agreed on Friday. ‘If human rights are safe, the rule of law and democracy have more chance,' foreign minister Frans Timmermans said in a statement. 'If human rights are under pressure, suppression more...

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DIASPORAS AND DEVELOPMENT

June 7, 2013

DIASPORAS AND DEVELOPMENT

Diasporas and their role in generating change and fostering development in their countries of origin are in the global spotlight. It was not always thus, however: the international community has been slow in recognising the value of diasporas as agents of change, growth and development. Even now, the focus tends to be mainly on the role of diasporas in sending back more...

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Almost 40% youngsters have ‘inadequate or poor’ hearing

May 28, 2013

Almost 40% youngsters have ‘inadequate or poor’ hearing

The hearing of Dutch youth is deteriorating and almost four in 10 under-25s have inadequate or poor hearing, according to the hearing foundation Nationale Hoorstichting. The organisation bases its claims on 17,000 online check-ups. In 2011, three in 10 youngsters were said to have suffered some form of hearing damage. ‘We see trends emerging,’ spokesman Paul more...

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Bodies in ditch are missing brothers aged nine and seven – why this tragedy…

May 21, 2013

Bodies in ditch are missing brothers aged nine and seven – why this tragedy…

Two bodies found in a drainage pipe near the river Rhine on Sunday are that of missing brothers Ruben, 9, and Julian, 7, police confirmed on Sunday evening. The boys have been missing since May 7 when their father picked them up for a holiday. He killed himself in woods near Utrecht and was found 13 days ago. Since then police and volunteers been involved in a massive more...

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With princess Máxima about to become a dual national queen, Eelco Keij hopes the government will modernise the rules on having more than one passport.

May 1, 2013

With princess Máxima about to become a dual national queen, Eelco Keij hopes the government will modernise the rules on having more than one passport.

The estimated number of Dutch people abroad varies between 700,000 and 1.2 million. Within the Netherlands itself, every year some 14,000-20,.000 newly naturalized Dutch citizens join the nation of orange. Both groups of Dutch citizens face a similar problem: the Dutch law forces them to give up their original citizenship when adopting a second one. You are an more...

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New Policies for the Youth of Today and Tomorrow: The European Commission View

April 11, 2013

New Policies for the Youth of Today and Tomorrow: The European Commission View

By Koos Richelle. In February 2013, the youth unemployment rate in the EU was more than twice as high as the adult rate, at 23.5%. The problem has been exacerbated by the crisis, but there is also a structural issue to be resolved. There are 8.1 million Europeans aged 15-24 who are neither in employment, education or training1. In December 2012, the Commission adopted more...

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More hiv cases among the over 50s and gay men

February 11, 2013

One in five people diagnosed with hiv is over the age of 50, indicating a rise in the number of people having unsafe sex, Dutch newspapers reported on Monday. People over the age of 50 accounted for 20% of new diagnoses of hiv in 2011, up from around 14% in previous years, according to regional newspapers Leidsch Dagblad and BN/DeStem. In 2011, 1,100 people were more...

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Fewer people move to Holland as the population growth slows, less badies more

February 7, 2013

Fewer people move to Holland as the population growth slows, less badies more

The number of new immigrants arriving in the Netherlands fell to 156,000 last year, just 7,000 more than the number of people leaving the country, the national statistics office CBS said on Thursday. It is the first time the number of immigrants has fallen since 2006 but emigration is up for the third year in a row. In particular, there were fewer refugees from Asia more...

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