The Netherlands tumbles 11 places in child rights index: from second to 13th place in a new ranking of countries’ attitudes to children’s rights.
The KidsRights Index is the annual global index which ranks how countries adhere to and are equipped to improve children’s rights.
The KidsRights Index ranks 163 countries and is topped by Norway, followed by Switzerland, Finland, Portugal and Ireland.
The KidsRights Index is an initiative of the KidsRights Foundation, in cooperation with Erasmus University Rotterdam.
The Netherlands’ child rights index
The Dutch decline follows a report by the United Nations’ committee on the rights of the child that declares that government measures to finance and facilitate equal rights for children had worsened.
According to professor Karin Arts of the Erasmus University, who worked on the report, the fact that the Netherlands is no longer in the top 10 reflects concerns by the UN committee about children growing up in poverty and about the impact of government cutbacks.
Former children’s ombudsman Marc Dullaert, who founded the KidsRights Index, told broadcaster RTL that 390.000 children in the Netherlands live below the poverty line. ‘If the Netherlands does not do better than this, parents will pass on poverty to their children and they will have no real future,’ he said.
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