Netherlands: Christian and Green Parties Want Tougher Sentences for Hate Crimes

GroenLinks (Greens) and ChristenUnie (Christian Union) want to introduce specific hate crime legislation to enable tougher sentencing for discriminatory violence. Member of Parliament Kathalijne Buitenweg and ChristenUnie leader Gert-Jan Segers have called on Minister of Justice Ferdinand Grapperhaus to adopt a hate crime provision in the Criminal Code. If he does not, they will submit a bill themselves. Two specific incidents motivated this initiative: in December, the windows of a Jewish restaurant in Amsterdam were smashed; and in Arnhem last year, two gay men were assaulted.