This issue contains 4 sections.
Human rights in Dutch foreign policy
Human rights are universally applicable. They are an important element in Dutch foreign policy.
Besides enhancing security and prosperity, promoting human rights is one of the main aims of Dutch foreign policy. To be effective we have to be selective and work with others. In April 2011 the Dutch government completed its updated human rights strategy ‘Responsible for Freedom’. The Netherlands’ human rights policy is founded on the three pillars of security, prosperity and freedom. These pillars reinforce each other; together they form the basis of respect for human rights.
Within these themes, the Netherlands focuses on freedom of expression and internet freedom, freedom of religion and belief, equal rights for all, combating systematic and serious human rights violations, supporting human rights defenders, human rights in conflict situations, fundamental labour standards (as promoted by the International Labour Organization) and a level playing field, corporate social responsibility (CSO) and the contribution of human rights to development. We aim to play a more active role through EU foreign policy, cooperation within the UN, and strengthening regional organisations. Below we will look more closely at the main themes of our human rights policy.
Documents and publications
Human rights memorandum ‘Responsible for Freedom’ 2011
Memorandum human rights 'Responsible for Freedom 2011' by Minister of Foreign Affairs Uri Rosenthal to the House of ...
Human rights policy memorandum ‘Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Religion and Belief’
This memorandum details the Netherlands’ efforts to help achieve universal respect for the freedoms of expression and ...