General Assemble Durban Review
20 April 24 April 2009
United Nations, Geneva
JOINT STATEMENTS of
DUTCH NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS
AFRICANS AND PEOPLE OF AFRICAN DESCENDANTS IN THE NETHERLANDS
Read 23 April 2009
MS DRS BARRYL A. BIEKMAN
I speak on behalf of the leading NGO's representing Women's movement
Tiye International (21 Organizations of Black, Migrant and Refugees
women and Youth Associations) and from Africans and Peoples of
African Descendants and other Networks of Civil Society in the
We thank the member states for their decision to reaffirm the DDPA1.
This is one of the many extraordinary successes of the Prep-Coms
towards this Conference.
In addition, we strongly reconfirmed our commitment to be an active
part of the Durban Review process and the implementation of the DDPA,
to promote the issue of solidarity with all victims of racism,
xenophobia, anti-Semitism, Islam-phobia, and the phobia against
Africans and African Descendants: Anti Black Racism. Likewise, we
reconfirm our commitment to work for the human rights for oppressed
Women, Youth, Dalits and Palestine People, so that we all may enjoy
equal treatment and fundamental rights ending the suffering that has
regretfully become so common in this era of humanity.
We are deeply disappointed that our government, the Netherlands, is
not part of the negotiations on this Conference. We, as members of
Civil Society, tried desperately to convince the Dutch government
that it will be a tragic historical failure not to be an active and
progressive part of this salient Conference especially given the
fact of the multi-etnic/multiracial society of the Netherlands and
Netherland as a former Colonial State with a large number of African
and Asian, Surinamese people in particularly and Turkish people. On
the other hand we satisfied because of the participation of the
European Union and other Europe Countries.
Fortunately, in 2001, the Dutch government did sign the DDPA which
enabled the NGO's of the Netherlands and over the world now to
continue with mobilizing our Civil Society Communities so that we
are able to implement the DDPA. To our dismay since being recognized
in 2001, the DDPA has not been implemented, especially in the good
fortune and concerns of AAD peoples.
1) It is with these facts we strongly recommend that a next review
of the DDPA convenes within the duration of five years. This allows
the issue of reparations for the crimes against humanity in regards
to the "Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade" may reach a process for serious
negotiations. We, for this reason, welcome a paragraph to be
documented again in the "Final Resolution" where it orders an
"Apology and Reparations" for this horrifies transgression,
committed against Africa and African People and the impact of these
crimes. We cannot leave this issue for our next generations to solve
it. It can than be define in our opinion as continuation of the
crimes against humanity.
2) We strongly recommend the establishment of an UN "Permanent Forum
for African and Peoples of African Descendant" as it has been
established "Indigenous People." This, so that Africans and Peoples
of African Descendant will become more visible and active in the
common efforts for progress and fulfillment.
3) Furthermore, we recognize the need to integrate a gender
perspective into relevant policies, strategies and /or effective
measures against racism, xenophobia and related intolerance for
these reasons in order to address forms of multiple discrimination.
We welcome all the efforts to develop and strengthen gender and
ethnicity sensitive policies, human rights training and clear
instructions for public officials including migration authorities
and other related personnel. This will prevent degrading procedures
and humiliations at all levels of society. You may see the referral
in the DDPA 2001 par. 133 where is recommended equal treatment at
work including equal pay for all work. Equal treatment at work, must
be designed and implemented with concrete proposals and a clear
output in order to improve perceptions and combat discrimination.
For the rest we ask for your fully attention of the attached Joint
Statement of Dutch NGO's, Africans and Peoples of African Descent
Thank You for your attention!!