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Netherlands

2018

19

Jul

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Dutch FM: ‘Ethnic divisions genetically determined’

Politicians and refugee organisations have criticised Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok for claiming there are no peaceful multicultural societies. Blok, a member of the liberal VVD, the largest party in the Netherlands, also said that Suriname has become a failed state because of its ethnic divide. The minister made the comments during a private event last week, where he met […]

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Country: Netherlands
Source: Al Jazeera , Anadolu Ajansı

26

Jun

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Dutch senate passes law enabling partial ‘burqa ban’

The Dutch Upper House of parliament on June 26 passed a law banning the wearing of face-covering veils in public buildings, such as schools, government offices and hospitals. The Lower House approved the bill in 2016, after attempts to impose a more general ban on burqas and other face-covering veils failed. The new law bans […]

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Country: Netherlands
Source: Reuters , Sputnik Türkiye

13

Jun

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Wilders’ Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest gets green light from Dutch counter-terror agency

The Freedom Party of Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders will hold a competition of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad, it said on Tuesday. The party said the plan to hold the competition in the party’s secure offices in Dutch Parliament had been approved by the Dutch Counter-terrorism Agency NCTV. Wilders’ Freedom Party is the leading […]

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Country: Netherlands
Source: Reuters

07

Jun

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Turkey criticizes Rotterdam mayor for allowing Pegida protest at mosque

Turkey fiercely criticized Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb for allowing anti-Islam movement Pegida to roast pigs in front of the Laleli mosque on Thursday evening. On Twitter Omer Celik, the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, called the decision to allow this protest “immoral”. “Other municipalities in the Netherlands did not allow Pegida to roast pigs in front of […]

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Country: Netherlands
Source: NL Times , BBC Türkçe

01

Jun

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Bomb-belt Barbie shocks child asylum seekers in Dutch language lesson

Child asylum seekers receiving Dutch language lessons in Emmen were face with some horrible pictures during their lessons over the past weeks. Pictures like a Barbie wearing a bomb-belt, and traffic signs changed to show sexual texts were shown during a powerpoint presentation for the Verbal Dutch course by the CED-Groep, Dagblad van het Noorden reports. “We do not […]

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Country: Netherlands
Source: NL Times , TRT Haber

03

Apr

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Dutch government wants to send asylum seekers back to EU arrival country

The Dutch government wants to send asylum seekers back to the country they first arrived in when they came to Europe, State Secretary Mark Harbers of Justice and Security, which also includes Asylum and Migration, said to the Volkskrant. Harbers want all EU countries to implement this measure, so that traveling from country to country […]

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Country: Netherlands
Source: NL Times

22

Mar

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Netherlands: Anti-Muslim group not to be put on trial

n Islamophobic far-right group that planted crosses on a construction site for a mosque in the eastern Netherlands will not be prosecuted, Dutch prosecutors announced. The prosecutors said that PEGIDA, Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West, will not be prosecuted as “the words and the actions they used were shocking but did not contain any insult […]

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Country: Netherlands
Source: Al Jazeera

15

Mar

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Dutch intelligence services placed 3,553 taps last year

The Dutch intelligence services placed 3,553 taps to eavesdrop on people and organizations last year, Ministers Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs and Ank Bijleveld of Defense reported to parliament on Wednesday. This is the first time that the services’ tap statistics are made public, NU.nl reports. General intelligence and security service AIVD placed the majority of […]

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Country: Netherlands
Source: NL Times

12

Mar

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Dutch police arrest three members of Anti-Fascist Action (AFA) attempting to block the anti-Islam demonstration

A rally organized on Sunday by a far-right, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant group in Amsterdam did not gather the interest it hoped to receive. Only 50 people participated in the rally by a little-known group, Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West (PEGIDA). The participants marched under police escort, holding racist banners. A group of […]

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Country: Netherlands
Source: Anadolu Agency

28

Feb

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Netherlands reduces sentences of mosque attack convicts

A court in eastern Netherlands on Tuesday reduced the sentences of four convicts who were involved in a Molotov cocktail attack on a mosque in Enschede in 2016. Five convicts had been sentenced to four years in prison for arson with “terrorist purpose” in 2016, according to the Court of Appeals of Arnhem-Leeuwarden’s statement. The […]

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Country: Netherlands
Source: Anadolu Agency