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Van Gerven supports equal treatment for children of parents executed in Indonesian war

28 Aug 2014SP Member of Parliament Henk van Gerven yesterday met with three Indonesians whose fathers were summarily executed by Dutch soldiers during the armed conflict in the 1940s, when the south-east Asian country was a colony of the Netherlands. ‘These people are asking for the same level of compensation as a number of widows of executed men have received,’ explains Van Gerven. ‘Because of the enormous suffering imposed on them, I support this demand absolutely. The Netherlands has a debt of honour to settle.’

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Offer refused asylum seekers decent accommodation and support

28 Aug 2014The SP, Christian Union and Green Left will today present a joint initiative aimed at improving the process of accommodation, support and return of asylum seekers who have had their applications turned down. Sharon Gesthuizen of the SP was joined by fellow MPs from the Christian Union and Green Left in the initiative, which calls for work to be put into finding a real solution for asylum seekers currently dependent on initiatives from charitable organisations and solidarity groups. The three want to prevent more asylum seekers disappearing into illegality, including by ensuring decent accommodation and effective support for people who have been refused residency but who are also unable to return to their countries of origin.

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Living together: against extremism

21 Aug 2014Dozens of social, religious and political organisations have joined hands to combat the rise of the ISIS terror campaign. The SP supports this initiative, which is detailed in the manifesto reproduced below.

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Roemer: Help West Africa in the fight against Ebola outbreak

9 Aug 2014The Dutch government must offer immediate aid to the countries confronted by the Ebola outbreak, SP leader Emile Roemer said today. 'Yesterday the World Health Organisation issued an impressive call for international solidarity with the countries who have neither the resources nor the know-how to check and combat the outbreak. In my view the Netherlands must heed this call.’

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Foreign Minister must clarify position on unacceptable Israeli violence in Gaza

7 Aug 2014The SP parliamentary group in The Hague is asking Foreign Minister Frans  Timmermans to inform Parliament just why he is of the opinion that Israel has used unacceptable violence in Gaza and what consequences this unacceptable conduct should entail.

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Van Bommel: More aid urgently needed for Iraq victims

7 Aug 2014SP member of Parliament Harry van Bommel is urging the international community to make more efforts to help the victims of the violence committed by Jihadist fighters ISIS in Iraq.  ‘The latest information is that tens of thousands of Yezidis, members of one of the oldest religious communities in the Middle East, have been chased into the mountains and have nowhere left to turn. They are short of everything, even drinking water. This is completely unacceptable.’

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