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Rutte Should Press Putin on Rights

Geplaatst op: 4 April 2013 | Geen reacties
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2013 is the Russia-Netherlands Bilateral year (see the official website) and on the 8th of April President Putin will visit the Netherlands. I’m all in favour of such events and collaborations on economical and cultural level, considering Russia is an important business partner for the Netherlands and vice versa. However, considering the ongoing pressure on civil society in the recent years and the fact that the country seems to be moving further away from democracy and respect of fundamental rights every day, this topic should not be left out of the agenda. This article by Human Right Watch sums it up pretty well in a single line:

It is admirable to promote deeper understanding between Russia and the Netherlands, but this has very little meaning if vital parts of Russian society cannot express themselves freely

Well said!

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