The leader of the anti-Islamic Pegida group tore up, trampled on, and set fire to the Noble Quran during a demonstration outside the Dutch parliament. All of these atrocities took place with the consent of the mayor
The Dutch Senate has approved an initiative to amend Article 1 of The Netherlands Constitution to explicitly mention discrimination on the grounds of disability or sexual orientation. Interest groups have called this a historical victory for the LGBTIQ+ community.
The government has agreed to a plan that Education Minister Dennis Wiersma wants to effectuate upon Quran schools, weekend schools and other places in which ‘informal education’ is given. The justification from the Ministry for this discriminatory plan in which Muslims are singled out is that within the informal education there have been alleged cases of activities that are ‘counter-integrational,
Pegida was supposed to demonstrate on Saturday, the 22nd of October 2022, at the Stationsplein near Rotterdam Central station in which they planned to burn a Quran. On Sunday, the 23rd of October, they also organized a Quran burning. The municipality of Rotterdam, as well as The Hague, gave Pegida permission to organize their demonstration.
The municipality of Amsterdam has invited several boards of mosques to sign a statement of support whereby mosques explicitly condemn violence and discrimination towards the LGBTQ+ community. This letter of Amsterdam from Mayor Femke Halsema to ‘all boards of mosques in the city’, came to light after Lody van de Kamp, a rabbi, publicly expressed his criticism against this discriminatory act in his column.
The UN Human Rights Office has released a report on the seriousness of the “human rights violations” against Uyghur Muslims by China. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) states to have found convincing evidence of torture and other human rights violations that could be described as “crimes against humanity”.
For months on end there is a structural shortage of shelters for refugees, which led to hundreds of refugees living in inhumane situations whereby they are forced to live outside, without sufficient food
During the yearly memorial of the genocide in Srebrenica the Minister of Defense, Kasja Ollengren offered her “deepest apologies” on behalf of the government to the next of kin and survivors of the mass murder in Srebrenica. According to her, the international community failed in protecting the enclave Srebrenica.