The Hague, July 3, 2018
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‘Collective recognition by Dutch government of Dutch Indos is a farce’
THE HAGUE (July 3, 2018) – The Dutch government is attempting to rid itself of the on-going Dutch East Indies Question.
Today it has started a fund called Collective recognition of Dutch Indos and Moluccans. This heavily criticized fund seems to have been meant as a redemption payment to the Dutch Indo community among others.
There is no collective recognition to mention, because Dutch Indos living abroad are intentionally excluded, making the Dutch government’s gesture nothing less than a farce.
After the independence of Indonesia Dutch nationals were forced to leave their former home, the Dutch Indies, under threat of violence. Since then they live in diaspora. Many Dutchmen and Dutch Indos repatriated to their fatherland, the Netherlands. The United States of America, Australia and Canada were popular destinations for them as well. Currently it is estimated that 2 million Dutch Indos live in the Netherlands and 1.5 million live abroad. It is a shame that the Dutch government has shown no sensitivity to this fact, calling their fund ‘collective recognition’, while simultaneously excluding Dutch Indos living abroad from participating.
The Fedaratie Indische Nederlanders (Federation of Dutch Indos: www.federatie-indo.nl) will encourage the Dutch government to come to mutually satisfactory solution on short notice.