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27 May 2021

No profit on pandemic: European Parliament adopts proposal to waiver intellectual property right on COVID-19 vaccines

Last week the European Parliament approved a resolution to tackle the AIDS epidemic which includes a Left demand for waiving intellectual property rights on COVID-19 vaccines. This makes production and distribution of these badly needed medicines cheaper and easier. 

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14 May 2021

Jasper van Dijk - More is needed for lasting peace than a denunciation of Israeli violence

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There is a structural cause that causes the violence in the region to flare up regularly. It is rooted in the occupation policy that Israel has been pursuing for decades.

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26 April 2021

Protest against persecution of HDP politicians in Turkey

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On Monday April 26th the ‘Kobani-trial’ started against 108 members of the HDP, a party representing approximately 10% of the electorate in Turkey. Amongst the politicians on trial are the former co-chairs of the HDP, Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag, who have been incarcerated for years by the Turkish authorities based on a false claim of being involved in terrorist actions. The Kobani-trial is a political trial in which HDP-politicians face absurdly high prison sentences, with the purpose to squash the Kurdish and leftist opposition. For that reason the trial receives harsh criticism throughout the world. 

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2 March 2021

Statement of solidarity with progressive journalism in India

In a statement the SP expresses its solidarity with the staff and readers of progressive Indian news site News Click, who’ve felt victim to increased intimidation by the far-right Indian Government. 

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11 February 2021

Success! Partner leave extended

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Parents need to get a better chance to share the care for their new-born child more equally. That is why the SP successfully proposed extending the partner leave. The parliament now agrees with the SP that the partner leave should be extended to twelve weeks.

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11 February 2021

Success! There will be a parliamentary inquiry on the social benefits affair

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On the initiative of the SP, a parliamentary inquiry will be held on anti-fraud campaigns by government services. The SP, fronted by Renske Leijten, wished the parliament would employ the heaviest means available. SP-leader Lilian Marijnissen: ‘It took almost two years, but perseverance pays off. Now we can really break open the cesspool of the benefits affair. The parents deserve justice, and the Netherlands deserves a fair government.’

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11 February 2021

Success! Proposal adopted regarding the sharing of knowledge and rights of pharmaceutical companies for the production of coronavirus vaccines

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A proposal by the SP and D66 to increase pressure on pharmaceutical companies to share their knowledge and rights for the production of coronavirus vaccines has been adopted in parliament. With this, the government is instructed to put words into action considering the Netherlands’ support of the knowledge pool of the WHO.

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2 February 2021

Parliament supports sp: teachers in primary- and higher education deserve the same wage

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For four years, teachers in primary education have been fighting for better wages and less work pressure. The demand? The same wages as their colleagues in high schools. Until now, the political establishment were cross.

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2 February 2021

Success: students help children who struggle with the lockdown

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Tuesday, the parliament supported a proposal of the SP and VVD to help youths who get in to trouble during the lockdown. Students who want to become teachers or social workers can, as a job or as an internship, help youngsters who get in to trouble due to the corona crisis.

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