Who`s Rights (English Edition)
International Monitoring of Compliance with Human Rights of Migrants in the Netherlands 2000-2008
Dominique van Dam
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ISBN (softcover) : 9789058504791
Who’s Right(s)?What viewpoints have international human rights organisations adopted since 2000 on a number of aspects relating to the treatment of migrants in the Netherlands? How have politicians and the press responded to these viewpoints? And have any steps been taken as a result of internationalcriticism? Three circumstances serve to illustrate the importance of these questions. Government policy on immigrants has undergone continuous change since 2002, and successive governments have been exploring limits ever since that year. One interesting question is how recent measures relate to international human rights treaties. We also see a remarkableconsensus among all political parties. For instance, politicians in (almost) all political parties supported the most important measures proclaimed between 2000 and 2008, in spite of their differences of opinion about modalities. However, treaties on human rights make it quite clear that resolutions passed by representative bodies and enjoying wide support must also fulfil certain minimum requirements, especially with respect to protecting minorities’ rights.
Dominique van Dam studied the effects ofinternational monitoring of legislation and policy relating to migrants in the Netherlands. One of the facts that have emerged from her research is that it is not easy to view these effects separately from the impact of thebehaviour of actors such as national and international human rights organisations,members of Parliament, advisory bodies, individual citizens, and specialised lawyers. The report concludes by making recommendationsto the Dutch government, the Dutch House of Representatives, and the major players in the civil society.