29 June 2011
Dutch Home Affairs Minister Piet Hein Donner announced during the recent parliamentary debate over integration that the burqa is ‘against Dutch norms and manners’. Just as individuals are not permitted to walk around the streets naked, they should be prevented from wearing the burka. According to coverage in the Telegraaf, then, the proposed ban has less to do with public safety that with a “Dutch” value that “in our society you should be able to see each other”.
30 June 2011
The Dutch Freedom Party (PVV) has requested that grandchildren of immigrants to the country remain classified as ‘immigrants’ for the purposes of tracking the progress of their integration. PVV representative Joram van Klaveran made the request of internal affairs minister Piet Hein Donner on the grounds that third generation immigrants cause specific problems in society. As Trouw reports, currently 80% of third generation immigrants are younger than ten.
17 June 2011
In a letter to the Dutch parliament, Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner has requested an end to government policies which target integrating ethnic migrant groups in the Netherlands. Radio Netherlands Worldwide reports the move is a part of the cabinet distancing itself from multicultural society as a concession to the Freedom Party (PVV), which is supporting the current government. The Labour Party and democrat party D66 fear that this proposed shift is a ‘historic error’. Donner is also advancing a proposal to prosecute for forced marriage and to ban facial covering in public.
December 3 2010
Home Affairs Minister Piet Hein Donner considered the implications of a burqa ban in his comments to MPs on Thursday. Donner noted his attempt to draft “legislation on face-covering which will apply to all Dutch nationals”. While this outlaws the burqa, the minister noted he still has “to decide how far to go” with motorbike helmets, carnival costumes, and balaclavas during skating races.
AMSTERDAM – The Dutch parliament has rejected a bid to scrap the prohibition on blasphemy. The motion was drawn up by MP Lousewies van der Laan of the small government party D66 last week. The move was a response to an announcement by Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner that he planned to strengthen the blasphemy law. Initially Van der Laan’s motion seemed to have majority support. Only Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende’s Christian Democrats and two small religious parties opposed it.