Netherlands favours strong Human Rights Council

In its campaign for a seat in the Human Rights Council, the Netherlands will draw attention to violence against women, child labour, discrimination (particularly against LGBT people), freedom of religion and belief and gender equality. The Dutch will also continue to support human rights defenders and organisations.

The Dutch human rights ambassador, Lionel Veer, announced this Thursday at the 25th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. He spoke about the importance of human rights and the goals of the Netherlands’ candidature.

‘Human rights must be protected, both nationally and internationally. The Netherlands believes that the Human Rights Council bears major responsibility for this,’ according to Mr Veer. ‘The Council is the most suitable worldwide forum for promoting respect for human rights and calling countries to account for human rights violations.’

If the Netherlands wins a seat in the Council next year, it will during its term pursue further improvements in the way the Council functions. The Netherlands is a candidate for the 2015-2017 term.