Commentary on the 2001 memorandum on human rights policyOctober 10, 2005 - nr.23
On 19 June 2001, on the recommendation of the Permanent Committee on Foreign Affairs and in accordance with Article 17 of the Framework Act on Advisory Councils, the House of Representatives of the States General invited the Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV) to issue an advisory report on the government’s Memorandum on Human Rights Policy (see Requests for advice for the letter of request).
This report should be regarded as the AIV’s comments on the 2001 Memorandum on Human Rights Policy (hereinafter, ‘the Memorandum’). The AIV decided not to prepare a ‘shadow memorandum’ presenting a detailed recommendation for the human rights policy of the Dutch government, since it has advised the government on many aspects of foreign policy in the past, as did the former Advisory Committee on Human Rights and Foreign Policy (ACM). References to these advisory reports appear in a number of places. Following the introduction, in which the AIV gives its general opinion of the Memorandum, various sections of the Memorandum are discussed in greater detail. The titles of the different sections in the report therefore correspond to those in the Memorandum.
The report was prepared by a subcommittee of the AIV’s Human Rights Committee (CMR). The Committee consists of the following members: Prof. P.R. Baehr* (chair of the subcommittee), Prof. C.E. von Benda-Beckmann-Droogleever Fortuijn* (vicechair), Prof. T.C. van Boven*, Dr M.C. Castermans-Holleman*, Prof. C.P.M. Cleiren, Prof. P. Cliteur*, T. Etty*, Prof. C. Flinterman* (chair), Prof. W.J.M. van Genugten, L.Y. Gonçalves-Ho Kang You, C. Hak*, M. Koers-van der Linden, F. Kuitenbrouwer*, A.L.E.C. van der Stoel*, J.G. van der Tas* and H.M. Verrijn Stuart. The members marked with an asterisk (*) contributed to the work of the subcommittee that prepared the draft advisory report.
A further contribution to the preparation of the report was provided by Prof. N.J. Schrijver of the Permanent Committee on Development Cooperation (COS). The secretariat was headed by T.D.J. Oostenbrink (secretary of the CMR), who was assisted by W. Neeft (trainee).
The AIV adopted this advisory report on 7 September 2001.
The Hague, 19 June 2001
To the Acting Chair of the Advisory Council on International Affairs
Prof. F.H.J.J. Andriessen
PO Box 20061
2500 EB The Hague
Dear Professor Andriessen,
The House of Representatives of the States General, on the recommendation of the Permanent Committee on Foreign Affairs requests you, in accordance with Section 17 of the Framework Act on Advisory Councils, to issue an advisory report on the government’s Memorandum on Human Rights Policy (Parliamentary Paper 27 742, no. 1).
The Permanent Committee on Foreign Affairs will use the report in its preparations for the parliamentary debate with the government concerning the Memorandum.
The House would be most obliged if the advisory report could be available no later than 1 September 2001.
For the President of the House of Representatives of the States General
cc. The Minister of Foreign Affairs
- The Minister for Development Cooperation