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07 October 2019
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I. Introduction
II. The Law and Policy Directly Governing Racial Equality in the Kingdom of the Netherlands
III. EQUALITY, RACIAL DISCRIMINATION, RACISM AND INTOLERANCE: LIVED EXPERIENCES
DUTCH PARADOX

Civil and Political Rights
Political Representation
Hate Crimes and Hate Speech
Law Enforcement and Ethnic Profiling
Counterterrorism Policy
Freedom of Expression and Assembly, and Protection of Human Rights Defenders
Carceral Facilities
Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
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Other Populations of Concern
Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers
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Preliminary General Recommendations
1/ International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination art. 1(1), Jan. 4, 1969, 660 U.N.T.S. 195 (hereinafter “ICERD”).
2/ ICERD, art. 2.
3/ ICERD, art 1.4. CERD has further explained the scope of these obligations in its General Recommendation No. 32 on the meaning and scope of special measures in the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, CERD/C/GC/32.
4/ ICERD, art. 4.
5/ Kingdom of the Netherlands Constitution, Article 1, available at https://www.government.nl/documents/regulations/2012/10/18/the-constitution-of-the-kingdom-of-the-netherlands-2008
6/ General Equal Treatment Act, available at https://www.legislationline.org/topics/country/12/topic/84.  Please note this translation is unofficial as there is no official legal translation in English.
7/ Council of Europe “Example from the Netherlands Municipal Antidiscrimination Services,” available at https://www.coe.int/t/commissioner/Activities/GoodPractices/Netherlands_antidiscriminationservices.pdf
8/ Code of Criminal Procedure, available at https://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/ld.php?content_id=32171438 
9/ National Human Rights Action Plan, 2014, https://www.government.nl/documents/policy-notes/2014/03/19/national-action-plan-on-human-rights
10/ CERD/C/NLD/CO/19-21.
11/ Ibid. 
12/ National Human Rights Action Plan, February 2014, available at https://www.government.nl/documents/policy-notes/2014/03/19/national-action-plan-on-human-rights. See also CCPR/C/NLD/CO/5. 
13/ Ibid; See also ECRI 2019 report on the Netherlands, p. 25, available at https://rm.coe.int/fifth-report-on-the-netherlands/168094c577
14/ Statistics Netherlands, “Migration and Integration”, available at https://www.cbs.nl/en-gb/dossier/migration-and-integration
15/ A/73/305
16/ Janene Pieters, “Confusion over burka ban; woman refused at Nijmegen playground”, 5 August 2019, available at https://nltimes.nl/2019/08/05/confusion-burka-ban-woman-refused-nijmegen-playground
DutchNews.nl, “Going no-where: driver calls police after woman in niqab gets on bus”, 20 August 2019, available at https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2019/08/going-no-where-driver-calls-police-after-woman-in-niqab-gets-on-bus/
DutchNews.nl, “Burquas banned in Dutch Government Buildings- what will it mean in practice?”, 1st August 2019, available at https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2019/08/burqas-banned-in-dutch-government-buildings-what-will-it-mean-in-practice/
Peter Winterman, “Vier vragen beantwoord over het boerka-verbod”, 31 July 2019, available at https://www.ad.nl/binnenland/vier-vragen-beantwoord-over-het-boerka-verbod-br~a8b9ed9a/
17/ Institute for Multicultural Development, “Dutch Multicultural Society: Facts and Figures”, October 2009, p. 16.
18/ Amnesty International, “The Netherlands, Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee, 126th session, 1-26 July 2019”, available at  https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/EUR3504392019ENGLISH.PDF
19/ EU Fundamental Rights Agency, “Second European Union Minorities and Discrimination Survey Muslims – Selected Findings”, 2017, available at https://fra.europa.eu/sites/default/files/fra_uploads/fra-2017-eu-minorities-survey-muslims-selected-findings_en.pdf 
20/ Netherlands Institute of Social Research, “Perceived discrimination in the Netherlands”, available at www.scp.nl . See also Amnesty International, “The Netherlands, Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee, 126th session, 1-26 July 2019”, available at https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/EUR3504392019ENGLISH.PDF
21/ CERD/C/NLD/CO/19-21.
22/ Amnesty International, “The Netherlands, Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee, 126th session, 1-26 July 2019”, available at https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/EUR3504392019ENGLISH.PDF
23/ EU Fundamental Rights Agency, “Racism, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance”, available at https://fra.europa.eu/sites/default/files/fra_uploads/fra-2017-frr-chapter-3-racism_en.pdf
24/ Amnesty International, “The Netherlands, Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee, 126th session, 1-26 July 2019”, available athttps://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/EUR3504392019ENGLISH.PDF
25/ Amicus Brief from the Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, The Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service, 23 October 2018, available at https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Racism/SR/Amicus/DutchImmigration_Amicus.pdf
26/ Amnesty International, “Anti-terrorism Detention Regime in the Netherlands Breaches Human Rights”, 31 October 2017, available at https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/10/anti-terror-prisons-breach-human-rights-in-netherlands/
27/ CERD/C/NLD/19-21, CAT/C/NLD/CO/7 and CCPR/C/NLD/CO/5.
28/ CAT/C/NLD/CO/7.
29/ https://www.cbs.nl/en-gb/news/2017/32/unemployment-down-among-non-western-migrant-group
30/ https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2017/07/06/afkomst-weegt-bij-sollicitatie-zwaarder-dan-strafblad-11658392-a1565738 (Note that this implicitly suggests that Muslim or Arabic names cannot be truly Dutch)
31/ https://www.cbs.nl/en-gb/news/2018/46/half-of-refugee-households-at-risk-of-poverty
32/ Centraal Planbureau (CPB), “Inkomensongelijkheid naar migratieachtergrond”, 12 June 2019,
available at https://www.cpb.nl/inkomensongelijkheid-naar-migratieachtergrond
33/ Amsterdammer, “Onderzoek iscriminatie op de woningmarkt ‘Rachid is ook gewoon een nette jongen’ ”, 4 October 2019, available at https://www.groene.nl/artikel/rachid-is-ook-gewoon-een-nette-jongen
34/ Report of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent on its sixteenth session, Addendum, Mission to the Netherlands, paras. 104-109, 20 July 2015, (A/HRC/30/56/Add.1).
https://www.unhcr.org/en-us/news/press/2019/1/5c40d3ba4/unhcr-renews-offer-to-curacao-on-venezuelan-refugee-response.html
36/ CAT/C/NLD/CO/7, CCPR/C/NLD/CO/5; Foreign Policy, “For Venezuelan Refugees, There’s No Safe Haven in Curacao”, available at “https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/01/28/for-venezuelan-refugees-theres-no-safe-haven-in-curacao-asylum-maduro-netherlands-kingdom-nederland/. See also Amnesty International, “Detained and Deported: Venezuelans denied protection in Curaçao”, available at https://www.amnestyusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/AMN_18_45_rapport-Curacao.pdf
37/ Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “Kingdom of the Netherlands: One Kingdom – Four Countries; European and Caribbean”, April 2015, available at https://www.government.nl/documents/leaflets/2015/06/05/kingdom-of-the-netherlands-one-kingdom-four-countries-european-and-caribbean
38/ Amnesty International, “The Netherlands, Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee, 126th Session, 1-26 July 2019”, available at https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/EUR3504392019ENGLISH.PDF. See also CCPR/C/NLD/CO/5.
39/ Amnesty International, “The Netherlands, Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee, 126th Session, 1-26 July 2019”, available at https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/EUR3504392019ENGLISH.PDF
40/ Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations, “National Action Plan on Human Rights, The protection and promotion of human rights within the Netherlands”, available at https://www.government.nl/documents/policy-notes/2014/03/19/national-action-plan-on-human-rights 
41/ Amnesty International, “Netherlands 2017/2018”, available at https://www.amnesty.org/en/countries/europe-and-central-asia/netherlands/report-netherlands/
42/ Ibid.
43/ Government of the Netherlands, “Statelessness”, available at https://www.government.nl/topics/dutch-nationality/statelessness. See also UNHCR, “Mapping Statelessness in the Netherlands”, November 2011, available at  https://www.refworld.org/docid/4eef65da2.html
44/ A/HRC/30/56/Add.1.
45/ UNHCR, “Submission by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Compilation Report, Universal Periodic Review: 3rd Cycle, 27th Session, The Netherlands”, available at https://www.upr-info.org/sites/default/files/document/netherlands/session_27_-_may_2017/unhcr_upr27_nld_e.pdf
46/ CCPR/C/NLD/CO/5.
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