• Concerns persist about lengthy immigration detention, including of unaccompanied migrant children and families with children, in poor conditions. Since June 2013, unaccompanied asylum-seeking children are processed under an accelerated procedure, and those over 16 whose applications are rejected are subject to removal. In September 2013 the Dutch government began returning failed Somali asylum seekers to Mogadishu; in November a Somali man was injured in a blast in Mogadishu three days after his deportation. Parliament adopted a law eliminating the sex reassignment surgery requirement for transgender people wanting new identification documents.

  • Jun 24, 2014
    The Netherlands, Denmark, and Ireland have moved to improve the rights of transgender people. However, each country retains some requirements that undermine the right of transgender people to have their identity reflected in law.
  • Jun 3, 2014
    Reporters, photographers, researchers and activists from the Middle East and North Africa will bring the stories behind the headlines to The Netherlands on June 15, 2014, Human Rights Watch and World Press Photo announced today. Their work will be presented at a festival, Reporting Change – Stories from the Arab Region, at De Melkweg in Amsterdam.

Reports

Netherlands

  • Jul 2, 2014
    They call it the ”refugee garage” – an abandoned multi-story indoor parking lot and office building in a poor suburb of Amsterdam occupied by people with nowhere else to go. They are mostly from Africa -- Somalia, the Sudans, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Ivory Coast and elsewhere.
  • Jun 28, 2014

    ”The state should stay out of my underwear. Why should I let my healthy body be operated upon, only because the law requires me to do so?”

  • Jun 24, 2014
    The Netherlands, Denmark, and Ireland have moved to improve the rights of transgender people. However, each country retains some requirements that undermine the right of transgender people to have their identity reflected in law.
  • Jun 3, 2014
    Reporters, photographers, researchers and activists from the Middle East and North Africa will bring the stories behind the headlines to The Netherlands on June 15, 2014, Human Rights Watch and World Press Photo announced today. Their work will be presented at a festival, Reporting Change – Stories from the Arab Region, at De Melkweg in Amsterdam.
  • Jan 21, 2014
    European Union (EU) leaders in 2013 acknowledged problems of rising intolerance and persistent human rights violations across the EU, but failed to take concerted action, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2014.
  • Dec 20, 2013
    The law on transgender rights that the Dutch Senate approved on December 18, 2013, is an important step toward equality, Human Rights Watch said today.
  • Nov 19, 2013
  • Nov 11, 2013
    The French photographer Olivier Jobard has been awarded the third annual Tim Hetherington Grant, set up to celebrate the legacy of the photojournalist and filmmaker killed in Libya in 2011.
  • Nov 11, 2013
    The Dutch Postcode Lottery, the largest charity lottery in The Netherlands, will extend its financial support of Human Rights Watch for five years
  • Aug 29, 2013
    In less than half a year, the city of Sochi will host the Olympic Winter Games 2014. The eyes of the world are increasingly focused on Russia and its deteriorating human rights situation. This gives those in position of influence with the Olympic movement an essential leadership role to play in advocating that basic human rights principles be respected during major sporting events.