Dutch Cabinet apologies for slavery Dec 15, 2022 10:17:57 GMT -7 via mobile
Post by pieter on Dec 15, 2022 10:17:57 GMT -7
Dutch Cabinet remains with 19 December for apologies for slavery history
Armand Zunder, Chairman National Repair Commission Suriname (NRCS), a Surinamese presidential commission (of the Republic of Suriname), at the Catshuis. The Catshuis (English: Cats House), initially known as Huis Sorgvliet (Sorgvliet House), is the official residence of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands. Built between 1651 and 1652 for Jacob Cats as private villa, it was renamed after him after his death. The Catshuis residence is mainly used to house political meetings and receive official guests.
For the time being, the cabinet still intends to apologize for the slavery past on 19 December. This is the opinion of several people who were present today at the meeting between the government and interest groups at the Catshuis. On Friday during the Council of Ministers, the cabinet will take the plunge.
It was previously leaked that the Dutch government intends to apologize for its slavery past. According to the plan, various ministers will apologize on December 19 in the Netherlands and in other parts of the kingdom such as Suriname and the Caribbean.
Storm of criticism
Shortly after the leak of this plan, various interest groups expressed strong criticism. The date in particular is a hot topic: several groups argued that the apologies should be made on July 1, 2023, when it will be 160 years since slavery was abolished. They even filed a lawsuit to get this done.
The representative of the Surinamese governnment, Johan Roozer, chairman of the Suriname National Slavery Commemoration Committee, said to the Dutch press in The Hague that the coloured (black) Dutch minister for legal protection, Franciscus Max "Franc" Weerwind, is unacceptable for the Surinamese administration to deliver the right apologies to the Surinamese people, only a 'White person' who represents the white descendants of the slave owners is acceptable for the Afro-Caribbean people of Suriname. Roozer said that he thinks about a Johan Remkes (1951) type of person. Johannes Wijnandus "Johan" Remkes (born 15 June 1951) is a Dutch politician and nonprofit director who served as Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 2002 to 2003 under Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende. He is a member of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). Remkes remained in active politics, in June 2010 he was nominated as the next Kings's Commissioner of North Holland serving from 1 July 2010 until 1 January 2019. He also served on several state commissions and councils on behalf of the government (Parliamentary Reform Commission, Council for Public Administration, Advisory Council for Spatial Planning and the Van Thijn Commission). After his retirement Remkes occupies numerous seats as a corporate director and nonprofit director for supervisory boards in the business and industry world and several international non-governmental organizations and research institutes.
Johannes Wijnandus "Johan" Remkes (born 15 June 1951), former Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations in the Second Balkenende cabinet.
There were also complaints that the government involved these groups too little in the plans and that it was too one-sided. In addition, the delegation of Minister Franc Weerwind (Legal Protection) to Suriname to speak on behalf of the Netherlands was wrong, because Weerwind himself is a descendant of enslaved people. Others demanded that the apology be pronounced by King Willem-Alexander.
Franciscus Max "Franc" Weerwind (born 22 September 1964) is a Dutch politician of the centrist social liberal Democrats 66 (D66) party who has been serving as minister for legal protection in the cabinet of Prime Minister Mark Rutte since 10 January 2022.
The cabinet also announced today that Deputy Prime Minister Sigrid Kaag will travel to Suriname on Thursday to smooth out the folds there as well.
Today, just like last week, talks took place all day at the Catshuis between the Dutch government and interest groups. Sigrid Kaag led these talks today because Prime Minister Rutte was unable to attend. Afterwards she spoke of 'intensive, but valuable' conversations.
Sigrid Agnes Maria Kaag (born 2 November 1961) is a Dutch diplomat and politician, serving as Minister of Finance and First Deputy Prime Minister in the Fourth Rutte cabinet
Attorney Joancy Breeveld and Glenn Codfried in court for summary proceedings. Surinamese foundations in the Netherlands have filed summary proceedings over December 19, the day on which, according to sources, the Dutch cabinet will apologize for the slavery past. image ANP, Remko de Waal
Lawyer Joancy Breeveld was also present, but remains of the opinion that the date should be changed. "Excuses must take place on July 1 so that we can work towards it. It is not clear at the moment that we know exactly what the apologies are for." She plans to continue the lawsuit. "We feel called upon to stand up for our descendants."
Glenn Codfried, who also wants to enforce a postponement of the apology through the courts, sees an 'inappropriate way of governing'. He hopes the government will reconsider. According to him, the government wants to hurry, because otherwise the support for apologies in society may decrease. However, he considers this to be a 'non-argument'. How the majority thinks 'I don't care', says the presenter of a (Black) Surinamese radio station in Amsterdam. "A majority doesn't have to be right, it's about justice."
Source; www.rtlnieuws.nl/nieuws/nederland/artikel/5353093/tweede-kamer-kribbig-over-financiele-eisen-slavernijdiscussie (translated by Pieter in Google translate)