During HRC general discussions, panel debates and interactive dialogues with the Special Procedures, during the past three years, either as an HRC member or not, the State has joined:
Regional or subregional
Overall, as a HRC member, has participated in more than 10% of panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues.
Longest outstanding country visit request >
Received Sub-Committee visit
The Netherlands tabled ‘voluntary pledges and commitments’ in support for its candidacy for membership for the period 2015-2017 on 25 March 2014. The document presents the Netherland’s international level and national level commitments and pledges for its membership term.
At the international level, the Netherlands pledged to: use its membership to respond effectively and rapidly to urgent human rights situations; initiate discussions in the Council on country situations; continue to support the Council’s Trust Fund on LDC and SIDS participation; uphold its Standing Invitation to Special Procedures; cooperate fully with Treaty Bodies and submit reports on time; ratify the CRPD no later than 2015; engage with the UPR; introduce and support Council initiatives on gender-based violence; support and cooperate with OHCHR; continue initiatives to eliminate child labour; use its network of embassies to promote the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights; use development assistance to promote the right to water and sanitation; provide capacity-building support to eliminate discrimination; take further steps to promote women’s rights worldwide, including by organising international conferences; promote freedom of religion, freedom of expression (on-line and off-line); and support the work of human rights defenders.
At national level, the Netherlands made a commitments to implement its recently-adopted national action plan on human rights, which covers, inter alia: strengthen the national human rights infrastructure; tackling discrimination; protecting privacy and personal data; protecting the rights of persons in detention; and combatting domestic violence, child abuse and trafficking.
An analysis of steps taken by the Netherlands in fulfilment of its international pledges shows that it has continued to lead on Council initiatives on early and forced marriage, on the participation of LDCs and SIDS in the Council’s work, and on human rights in Yemen. The Netherlands maintains a Standing Invitation and has a 100% record in responding to Special Procedures visit requests (6 out of 6). It has ratified nearly all core conventions but often reports late. The Netherlands shows a strong commitment to the UPR, sending high-level delegations to Geneva, submitting mid-term reports, and participating in the UPR reviews of 151 states (first cycle).