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1 December 2015

Investigation into Turkish action needed

Below is the text of a letter sent by SP Member of Parliament and spokesman on foreign affairs Harry van Bommel to the national daily newspaper Trouw.

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1 December 2015

Parliament supports SP: more clarity needed on development spending

A majority of MPs today voted to support a proposal from SP Member of Parliament Eric Smaling for more clarity regarding the budget for development policy. ‘International solidarity is high on the SP’s list of priorities,’ says Smaling. ‘For that reason it’s of great importance to us that every euro of development money is spent effectively. I’m delighted that Parliament has supported my call for more transparency.’

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1 December 2015

Van Bommel: December Murders trial must be resumed

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SP Member of Parliament Harry van Bommel is determined to see the legal action concerning the so-called December Murders in Surinam resumed. In December of 1982, fifteen young men, well-known as active opponents of the then dictator of the former Dutch colony, Dési Bouterse, were tortured and killed following a series of arrests. ‘Since the adoption of the amnesty law these proceedings have been in a sort of legal vacuum,’ says Van Bommel. ‘It needs to be rapidly brought out of that situation, because this kind of serious human rights abuse should not qualify for impunity.’

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28 November 2015

SP leader Emile Roemer concludes XXI SP Congress: ‘In unity we work for a better world’

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‘Today we have concluded a long and extensive discussion within the party. From this will come tasks for the whole of the SP, tasks to make the party even stronger, even broader and even bigger. ‘ So said Emile Roemer at the close of the SP’s 21st Congress.

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27 November 2015

Smaling: sustainability and employment must be priorities during climate summit

Next week, the Climate Summit will take place in Paris. A hundred and eighty countries will discuss measures to mitigate the rise in global temperatures, the aim being to ensure that storms, drought and flood don’t begin to dominate our lives. In order to achieve that, emissions of greenhouse gases, such as CO2, must be greatly reduced. The summit is an excellent opportunity to make progress towards moving from a fossil-fuel based to a sustainable society. The sooner, the better.

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25 November 2015

What should we expect from the Paris Climate Summit?

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At last the moment has arrived. Previous gatherings were no more than the prelude to this final summit in Paris. At least that’s what the environmentally aware world citizen expects. He or she realises only too well that a drastic change of course is needed in the extremely short term if the worst is to be prevented.

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19 November 2015

The answer to discord is unity

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'We won’t allow ourselves to be driven apart. Dutch citizens, men and woman, Muslims and non-Muslims, have shown over the last few days: our answer to division is unity. The cowardice of terror will never defeat the resilience of a free society.’ So said SP leader Emile Roemer during Thursday’s debate on the attacks in Paris. Below you can read the text of Roemer’s speech.

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17 November 2015

SP versus PvdA: How can the crisis be over, when the Netherlands has more than 600,000 unemployed?

In the Dutch Senate the SP has clashed with the PvdA – the Labour Party - the centre-left component in a government headed by the centre-right VVD, over Labour’s claims that the crisis is now definitely behind us.

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17 November 2015

Only a UN Peace Conference can save Syria and Iraq

The chaos in the Middle East seems complete. ‘Seems’, because things could get even worse now that the Russians have entered the fray. ‘Only an international peace conference with all of the parties involved can save the region.’

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