Open letter on violations of the freedom of peaceful assembly and racial discrimination during St Nicholas’ arrival in the Netherlands

ENAR and more than 40 civil society organisations from different EU countries have written an open letter to the Dutch Prime Minister regarding the evidences of violations of the freedom of peaceful assembly and of racial discrimination during the arrival of Saint Nicholas in Gouda, the Netherlands, on 15 November.

1 December 2014

The decision by the mayor of Gouda to forbid the anti-Zwarte Piet protest to be held in
the centre clearly violates international standards with respect to the freedom of peaceful assembly.

We urge the Dutch authorities to ensure proper independent investigation into the law-enforcement actions, ensure equal treatment of ethnic minorities, and guarantee that future peaceful assemblies will be safeguarded and protected in accordance with international law.

- Read the open letter

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CAPLC (European Coordination of Associations and Individuals for Freedom of Conscience). This ONG follows a humanist universal call towards peace, brotherhood and tolerance regarding all human beings. It stemmed out of the following observations: -worldwide, an unparalleled crisis of civilisation, aggravated by recurrent economic, social and financial upheavals pours on mankind an array of evils and disasters: genocide, poverty, unemployment, starvation, terrorism, crime, drugs, extinction of species…

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