Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN, United States

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1 International community urges Israel to halt expansion of settlements

The Netherlands is gravely concerned about Israel’s announced expansion of its settlements, including 2,610 residential units in Givat Hamatos.

2 Representative of Syrian coalition welcome in Benelux

The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg have informed the coalition of Syrian opposition groups that an official representative of the coalition would be welcome in Brussels. The Benelux countries will provide assistance in setting up a mission. This mission can be used as the coalition’s official representation to the European Union, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

3 Human Rights Defenders Tulip 2012 awarded to Indian campaigner

The independent jury for the Dutch Human Rights Defenders Tulip has awarded the 2012 Tulip to Marimuthu Barathan (51) from India. It will be presented in The Hague on 9 January 2013.

4 Netherlands supports trial of former Chadian dictator Habré by Senegal

The Netherlands is contributing €1 million to the trial of Hissène Habré. The former Chadian dictator is being held responsible for systematically torturing and killing political opponents on a massive scale. Senegal and the African Union (AU) have created a special tribunal of Senegalese and other African judges for the trial.

5 Agreement with the US on cooperation in science and technology

On 29 November 2012 the Agreement between the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Government of the United States of America on cooperation in science and technology concerning homeland and civil security matters, was concluded in Washington.