Monday, September 13, 2010

Human Rights Watch Amsterdam

Human Rights Watch, the US-based rights group, is opening an office in Amsterdam. The Dutch voice and influence is badly needed in the world’s problem areas according  the organisation’s director Kenneth Roth. Another more pragmatic reason for Human Rights Watch to have a presence in the Netherlands is that the Netherlands NGO’s are third largest source of donations.
“The Netherlands is a country where human rights are high on the agenda”, Mr Roth said. And the job of the Amsterdam office will be to press home Human Rights Watch’s message with the Dutch media, policy makers and government.
However,  the Netherlands also comes in for sharp criticism from Human Rights Watch. The organisation slams the exam on Dutch society which immigrants to the Netherlands are obliged to take as “discriminatory”, and is concerned that the Dutch have been sending asylum seekers back to Somalia, where they risk being tortured.
It's all about how you interpreted the facts.

Day Opening - September 13

The Whirling Dervishers, by Brian Underdown, Turkey, Istanbulblogger.com

Arash's World: You are what you Shop: How Clothes and Books reflect Personal Attitudes

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