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Dutch government to apologise for role in colonial-era slavery

On Friday, a member of Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s Cabinet stated that the Dutch government would later apologize for its role in slavery during the nation’s colonial past.

Franc Weerwind (minister for Legal Protection) confirmed that RTL reported in December that the government had intended to issue a formal apology.

RTL reported that the government will spend EUR200m to raise awareness on colonial power’s role in slavery and EUR27m to open a museum about slavery.

This is in line to the recommendation that was made last year by an advisory panel that government acknowledges that the transatlantic slave trading of 17-19 Century was a crime against mankind and that the Dutch government should apologize.


According to ANP news agency, Weerwind stated that Friday’s incident was “big and beautiful”. By apologizing, the government will accept an apology and “open up the door to a shared future”.

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