Foreign ministry receives group of Dutch Syrians and human rights lawyer

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs today welcomed a group of Dutch Syrians on Minister Uri Rosenthal’s behalf.

The visitors came to hand over a manifesto calling for an immediate halt to the violence against peaceful protestors in Syria. The document was drawn up by the Syrian group that founded the Jasmijnplein meeting centre in Rotterdam, which Mr Rosenthal visited in June.

Meeting representatives of the group on behalf of the Minister, the Dutch Human Rights Ambassador stressed that the Netherlands shares their revulsion at the ongoing government violence in Syria. The Netherlands is pressing for tougher EU sanctions against the Syrian regime and for the swift adoption of a UN Security Council resolution condemning the violence.

Earlier today the Ministry also received a visit from Syrian lawyer and human rights activist Haitham Al-Maleh. Al-Maleh is the main figurehead of Syria’s human rights movement and was the recipient of the 2006 Geuzenpenning award.