Discrimination complaints against the Dutch government have more than doubled
Last year, Dutch police and municipalities recorded more reports of discrimination for the third year in a row. The Institute for Human Rights and the National Ombudsman also received more reports than a year earlier. Complaints of discrimination by the government have more than doubled, reports the Volkskrant based on a report published Tuesday by knowledge center Art.1.
The National Ombudsman saw the number of complaints of discrimination by a government body more than double to 321 reports. The Human Rights Institute handled 700 cases last year, 16% more than in 2020.
The police registered 6,580 cases of discrimination, 7% more than the previous year. Most of these complaints concerned discrimination based on sexual origin or orientation. The three largest cities in the Netherlands accounted for a significant share of reports. Fourteen percent of the reports came from Rotterdam, the same percentage from The Hague and 13% from Amsterdam.
Municipalities received 6,922 reports of discrimination through their independent anti-discrimination agencies. This is an increase of more than 25% compared to the previous year. Most of the reports received by municipalities concerned the coronavirus pass and the requirement to wear a face mask. People who were unwilling or unable to comply with coronavirus measures felt discriminated against, the newspaper said.
Art.1 drew up the report at the request of the national police and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations.