India Committee of the Netherlands
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SUSTAINABLE STONE - DOSSIER ADVOCACY
2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 - 2008 - 2007 - 2006 - 2005 - 2004 - 2003 - 2002 - 2001 - 2000 - <2000
Oct 19, 2017:
Answers to Parliamentary questions by the member Hijink (Socialist Party) :
(subm. Sep 4, 2017) to the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on the news that granite is being quarried by children's hands
Oct 19, 2017:
Answers to Parliamentary questions by the members Sazias and Van Brenk (both 50PLUS) :
(subm. Aug 29, 2017) to the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, the Minister of Economic Affairs, the Minister of Interior and Kingdom Relations and tyhe Minister of Social Affairs and Employment on the research The Dark Sites of Granite
Oct 19, 2017:
Answers to Parliamentary questions by the members Voordewind (ChristianUnion), Van den Hul (Labour Party) and Diks (GreenLeft) :
(subm. Aug 25, 2017) to the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the State Secretary for Infrastructure and Environment on modern slavery, child labour and unsafe and unhealthy work in Indian granite quarries that supply Dutch and European markets
Sep 4, 2017:
Parliamentary Questions by the member Hijink (Socialist Party) :
to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on the news that granite is being quarried by children's hands
Aug 31, 2017:
Parliamentary questions by MEP Judith Sargentini (Verts/ALE) :
subject: Call for due diligence in response to abuses in the granite industry
Aug 30, 2017:
Parliamentary questions by MEP Anne-Marie Mineur (GUE/NGL) :
subject: Research report by India Committee of the Netherlands and Stop Child Labour on conditions in Indian granite quarries
Aug 29, 2017:
Parliamentary Questions by the members Sazias and Van Brenk (both 50PLUS) :
to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, the Minister of Economic Affairs, the Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment on the research The Dark Sites of Granite
Aug 25, 2017:
Parliamentary questions by the members Voordewind (ChristianUnion), Van den Hul (Labour Party) and Diks (GreenLeft) :
to the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the State Secretary for Infrastructure and Environment on modern slavery, child labour and unsafe and unhealthy work in Indian granite quarries that supply Dutch and European markets
Sep 30, 2016:
Public Procurement and Human Rights in the Netherlands: the case of natural stone (International Learning Lab on Public Procurement and Human Rights):
Sandstone and granite are used for paving public spaces like streets and squares and for tiling walls and floors in public buildings like office blocks, train stations and airports. This makes public authorities important consumers of natural stone. Despite sustainable procurement policies, governments often opt for the cheapest stone, not taking into account human rights and environmental impacts in production countries.
Jun 4, 2015:
Answers to Dutch Parliamentary Questions by members Voordewind (ChristianUnion) and Van Laar (Labour Party) :
(subm. May 19, 2015) to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Housing and the Civil Services on slavery and child labour in quarries
May 19, 2015:
Parliamentary Questions by members Voordewind (ChristianUnion) and Van Laar (Labour Party) :
to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Housing and the Civil Services on slavery and child labour in quarries
Sep 20, 2011:
Caste-based slavery in the mining sector highlighted in UN debate (IDSN):
The UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery noted with concern that children from marginalised groups, including tribal and lower caste communities, are “doubly vulnerable to abuses” in the mining sector.