Karolin Schaps

FEATURE-Amsterdam says 'stay home' to partiers, pot smokers in tourism rethink

Jul 07 2021

AMSTERDAM, July 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Artist and tour guide Louke Spigt makes ends meet by offering tours to some of the millions of foreign visitors who pour into the Dutch capital Amsterdam each year seeking culture, cannabis and excitement.

Netherlands to compensate trans victims of forced sterilisation

Dec 01 2020

AMSTERDAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Dutch government has agreed to pay about 2,000 trans people who had to undergo sterilisation to legally change their gender 5,000 euros ($5,993) each in compensation.

Netherlands uncovers network helping Ugandan asylum seekers fake being gay

Nov 05 2020

AMSTERDAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Dutch government has said it will reassess the cases of dozens of Ugandans granted asylum after it uncovered a criminal network that helped would-be refugees from the country fake their sexual orientation.

Digital rights legal fund targets COVID-19 violations with grants

Sep 17 2020

AMSTERDAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As governments embrace tracing apps to stem the spread of COVID-19, a Dutch-based organisation announced grants this week to fight alleged violations of digital rights during the coronavirus pandemic.

Netherlands wants to punish silence on sex abuse in closed communities

Aug 28 2020

AMSTERDAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Dutch government wants to prosecute members of private groups and communities who fail to report sexual abuse in their organisations, a move that comes after Jehovah's Witnesses rejected demands to tackle the under-reporting of abuse.

Dutch online store bans 'Black Pete' merchandise as 'hurtful'

Aug 20 2020

AMSTERDAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Dutch online retailer Bol.com has become the latest firm to ban products depicting "Black Pete", a caricatured figure from pre-Christmas celebrations, in response to anti-racism campaigns.

Dutch government uncovers holiday camps for 'conversion therapy'

Jun 11 2020

AMSTERDAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the Netherlands, 15 organisations and individuals offer so-called "conversion therapy" aiming to make gay people straight, the health ministry said, as it mulls a ban on the discredited practice which can cause severe mental health problems.

Refugees take Germany to court over mobile phone data checks

May 05 2020

AMSTERDAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Three refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Cameroon are suing the German state for accessing personal data on their mobile phones, arguing it was an unnecessary invasion of privacy, their lawyer said on Tuesday.

Asylum seeker wins right to leave German centre over coronavirus rules

Apr 23 2020

AMSTERDAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A German court has ruled that an asylum seeker should be allowed to leave the holding centre where he was staying after he argued it was too crowded to respect coronavirus distancing rules, a decision refugee campaigners called "ground-breaking".

Dutch students raise privacy concerns over online exam surveillance

Apr 21 2020

AMSTERDAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Dutch students have accused universities of violating their privacy by using monitoring software to prevent cheating in exams being conducted online because of the coronavirus.

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