Promoting human rights
The Netherlands works worldwide to improve the human rights situation.
Priorities of Dutch human rights policy
In promoting human rights, the Netherlands focuses on three priorities:
- protecting and supporting human rights defenders;
- championing equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people;
- championing equal rights for women.
The Netherlands also strives to:
- combat the most serious human rights violations;
- promote freedom of expression, including internet freedom;
- protect freedom of religion and belief;
- promote corporate social responsibility.
The Netherlands defends human rights by means of its:
Human Rights AmbassadorIn 1999 the Netherlands was one of the first countries to appoint a Human Rights Ambassador. The Ambassador draws attention to Dutch human rights policy, maintains contacts with civil society organisations and discusses human rights violations.
Human Rights FundThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch embassies support human rights organisations all over the world through the Human Rights Fund. For example, in six African countries the Netherlands subsidises the project Child Labour Free Zones, in which all children in Free Zones attend school and none engages in child labour.