News 2011

26 December 2011

No arms trade with repressive regimes

The government of Mark Rutte refuses to introduce an arms embargo against dictatorially-governed countries. With this refusal, the government is opting to have blood on its hands.

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26 December 2011

Arms for Indonesia immoral

Christian Democrat MP Henk Jan Ormel was way off target with his argument that the sale of tanks is completely compatible with a dialogue on human rights, writes SP Member of Parliament Harry van Bommel.

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24 December 2011

SP demands emergency debate on food speculation by Dutch pension funds and banks

SP Member of Parliament Henk van Gerven is calling for a debate with the government on Dutch pension funds and banks which speculate in food commodities.

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21 December 2011

SP supports European Parliament condemnation of degrading conditions in member states’ prisons

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution condemning the existence of degrading prison conditions within the European Union. ‘This sends a powerful signal from the Parliament to all member states that such conditions in detention facilities must be prevented throughout the European Union,’ says SP Euro-MP Dennis de Jong.

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20 December 2011

Gesthuizen: The Netherlands is failing in the international effort to combat paedophiles

SP Member of Parliament Sharon Gesthuizen wants to see the Netherlands doing more to contribute to the international fight against child abuse. Gesthuizen was responding to revelations by renowned Dutch crime reporter Peter R. de Vries regarding a convicted Dutch paedophile who was able to establish a children’s home in Cambodia. ‘Why did the Dutch ambassador not inform the Cambodian authorities of his past when they finally arrested the man?’ she asks. ‘And could convicted paedophiles not be subjected to greater surveillance when they travel to high-risk countries such as Cambodia, Thailand and the Philippines?’

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16 December 2011

Observing Russia’s elections

SP Senator Tiny Kox was head of the Council of Europe observers’ team for the Russian elections which took place on 4th December. Below, he reports on his experiences.

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