Dutch foreign ministry full of racism, exclusion: report

Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague. Photo: DutchNews.nl

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs is rooted in a culture of racism, discrimination and exclusion. independent report Created on behalf of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

Commissioned in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, this report includes many experiences from staff members who say they have been subjected to verbal abuse, defamatory behavior, and intimidation.

“Employers are overlooked, ignored and marginalized,” the report said. “They are subject to racist jokes and low expectations, and are sometimes seen by their white colleagues as ‘ethnic and cultural others’ rather than as full-fledged Dutch nationals. “

The emphasis on people’s ethnic and cultural backgrounds also leads to questions about their loyalties. “Staff also find it difficult to deal with the provocative tone used when people discuss different ethnic groups, described as monkeys, blacks and Zwarte Piet based on their skin color.” said the report.

This report is based on lengthy interviews with 33 bicultural staff members in The Hague and abroad, as well as a focus group of HR professionals and policy advisors.

One recurring issue in the report was that Muslim staff members were constantly asked by their colleagues to condemn the terrorist attacks. Another is the suspicion that they were given jobs based on their ethnicity.

“One HR person told me it was a pity that I was neither lesbian nor disabled because two checkmarks would be added after my name,” one respondent said in the report. told the author of


Department Executive Director Paul Hoyts explained the findings of the report:unacceptable‘.

The fact that racism occurs within our organization is particularly distressing because any form of discrimination is prohibited by law and we advocate for justice at an international level.’From that perspective as well, we do everything we can to combat racism within our own organizations.

In a memo to parliamentarians, Foreign Affairs Minister Wopke Hekstra said the ministry would introduce a number of measures to bring about cultural change. These are based on awareness building and improvement procedures for dealing with issues and appointments. It could also include moving to anonymous job applications, he said.

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