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:

The Netherlands also strives to:

The Netherlands defends human rights by means of its:

  • Human Rights Ambassador

    In 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 Fund

    The 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.