Concluding observations of the Committee on the Elimination
of Racial Discrimination
The Netherlands: European part of the Kingdom
4. The Committee notes with satisfaction the recent adoption of the National Action Plan against Racism, dealing with the issues of the living environment, awareness-raising and equal treatment in the labour market, in accordance with the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action.
5. The Committee welcomes the progress made towards the full implementation of article 4 of the Convention through the adoption of further amendments to the Criminal Code increasing the maximum penalties for structural forms of systematic racial discrimination.
6. The Committee welcomes the adoption of the bill of 10 February 2004 implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of racial or ethnic origin and establishing a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation.
7. The Committee commends the fact that foreigners who have been legally resident in the Netherlands for five years are entitled to vote and to stand for local election.
8. The Committee also notes with satisfaction the establishment in 2001 of the Committee on the Employment of Women from Ethnic Minority Groups aimed at promoting participation of ethnic minority women in society and in the labour market.
9. The Committee notes with appreciation that the State party has ratified the amendments to article 8, paragraph 6, of the Convention.
that the State party continue to promote general awareness of diversity and multiculturalism at all levels of education, paying particular attention to respect
for the cultural rights of minorities, and pursue the effective implementation of measures to facilitate the integration of minority groups in Dutch society.
The Committee requests the State party to ensure that its asylum procedures are in full conformity with international standards and, when proceeding with the return of asylum-seekers to their countries, to respect the principle of non-refoulement when there are substantial grounds for believing that there is a risk to their lives or physical integrity, as well as the principles of family unity and appropriate treatment of minors.