The Netherlands will contribute €1.5 million to the United Nations’ mechanism to collect evidence of atrocities committed in Syria since 2011, foreign minister Bert Koenders announced on Thursday. The minister is attending the UN General Assembly in New York.
The UN set up the Syria Investigative Mechanism in late 2016. Staff will collect and analyse evidence of the most serious crimes. They will also draw up case files that can be used in criminal proceedings at a later date.
Co-Chairs’ summary issued by Ms. Margot Walström, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden; Mr. Bert Koenders, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands; and Mr. Mark Lowcock,
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.
The Dutch government is giving an additional €4 million to She Decides. She Decides is the international initiative launched by development minister Lilianne Ploumen to safeguard access to family planning for millions of women in developing countries in the face of the US government’s Global Gag Rule. This policy cancels US funding for aid organisations if their services include access to or information about safe abortions.
The foreign ministers of the United Kingdom, France and the Kingdom of the Netherlands met on Monday with representatives from the Caribbean islands affected by hurricane Irma, as well as the UN institutions, to discuss the devastation the storm has caused. The parties decided to work together to do everything possible to provide the people on the islands with emergency aid and assist with reconstruction.
The government is making funds available to provide emergency aid to Myanmar’s displaced Rohingya population. Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen announced the aid yesterday evening at a meeting with former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in Amsterdam.