Israel/OPT: Joint NGO letter urging Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to resume Dutch funding for UAWC

60 NGOs, trade unions and other civil society groups from Europe and elsewhere have condemned the decision of the previous Dutch government to terminate its funding for the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC).

In a joint letter sent on 26 January 2022 to Dutch Foreign Minister Hoekstra and Dutch Development Minister Schreinemacher, the 60 organizations urge the current Dutch government to resume funding for UAWC. They do so with reference to an investigation launched by the previous government, which found no evidence at all that UAWC is in any way linked to terrorism.

In addition, the 60 organizations call on the Dutch government to “firmly reject” Israel’s designation of Addameer, Al-Haq, Bisan Center, Defence for Children-Palestine (DCI-P), UAWC and the Union for Palestinian Women’s Committees (UPWC) as “terrorist organisations”. “This is also relevant to preventing further politically-motivated designations by Israel, which would cause additional harm to Palestinian civil society organisations and human rights defenders”, they conclude their letter.

Read the full letter here.

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  • Co-signatories

    A Different Jewish Voice (EAJG)
    Adalah Justice Project
    Asociación Paz con Dignidad
    Association «Pour Jérusalem»
    Association Belgo-Palestinienne WB
    Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)
    Association France Palestine Solidarité (AFPS)
    Belgian Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (BACBI)
    BIZILUR-Lankidetzarako eta Herrien Garapenerako erakundea
    Broederlijk Delen
    Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS)
    Charity & Security Network
    Collectif Judéo Arabe et Citoyen pour la Palestine
    Comité pour une Paix Juste au Proche Orient (CPJPO)
    Confédération française démocratique du travail (CFDT)
    Confédération Générale du Travail (CGT)
    Confédération Paysanne
    docP - BDS Netherlands
    EuroMed Rights
    European Coordination Committees and Associations for Palestine (ECCP)
    European Legal Support Center (ELSC)
    European Trade Union Network for Justice in Palestine
    Fagforbundet - Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees
    Fédération Syndicale Unitaire (FSU)
    Fresh Eyes - UK
    Groupe d’amitié islamo-chrétienne (GAIC)
    Human Security Collective
    ICAHD Finland
    Independent Jewish Voices Canada
    International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH, within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders)
    International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)
    Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign
    Irish Congress of Trade Unions
    Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions - UK
    Jewish Voice for Peace
    Kairos Sabeel Netherlands
    La Via Campesina
    medico international
    MRAP (Mouvement pour la réconciliation et l’amitié entre les peuples)
    Nederlands Palestina Komitee
    Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
    ODV Salaam Ragazzi dell’Olivo Comitato di Trieste
    Palestine Legal
    Palestine Link
    Pax Christi Vlaanderen
    Platform of French NGOs for Palestine
    Sadaka - the Ireland Palestine Alliance
    The Rights Forum
    Trade Union Friends of Palestine
    Transnational Institute (TNI)
    Union Juive Française pour la Paix (UJFP)
    Union Syndicale Solidaires
    Viva Salud
    World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT, within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders)

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