Holland under fire from UN over children

The Dutch have once again been criticised by the UN’s Committee on the Rights of the Child for their treatment of children, reports the NRC.

It is the third time the Netherlands has been rapped on the knuckles for failing to observe the treaty.
The UN has serious concerns about the way the Netherlands occasionally tries young people of 16 and 17 as adults in the criminal system but the paper points out this only happens in around a hundred cases a year.
The committee also has questions about the ‘excessive institutionalisation’ of children in Holland and says under-age illegal immigrants are disadvantaged.
Dutch family minister Andre Rouvoet has spent two days in Geneva answering the committee’s questions, the paper said.
The UN committee will publish its recommendations at the end of the month, the NRC reported.

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