Freedom of Religion and the Dutch Political Context

SPECIAL GUEST POST FROM FRIEND OF HUMAN RIGHTS FORUM, SILVIE ZONDERLAND. SILVIE IS CURRENTLY AN INTERN AT THE EQUAL TREATMENT COMMITTEE IN THE NETHERLANDS. (Obviously, the views expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Equal Treatment Committee) On March 15, 2011, Dutch liberal politician Jeanine … Continue reading

‘Tis the season to be jolly?

It’s that time of year again. The time for giving and receiving, for enjoying the company of family and friends, and perhaps for some reflection on another year gone by. The holiday season, whether you call it Christmas or Festivus is not important, is a time for many people to celebrate the birth of Jesus … Continue reading

Build a mosque, burn a bridge?

It is with great regret that I write this first entry not with hope for a brighter future, but rather with fear of a societal regression. The controversy that has erupted over the proposed construction of an Islamic community centre in the vicinity of Ground Zero in New York risks pushing us back into the … Continue reading