The position of people with disabilities in the Netherlands is deteriorating. Over the past three years, it has become more difficult for people with
People with disabilities less included in Dutch society than 3 years ago: report

People with disabilities less included in Dutch society than 3 years ago: report

People with disabilities less included in Dutch society than 3 years ago: report

People with disabilities less included in Dutch society than 3 years ago: report

People with disabilities less included in Dutch society than 3 years ago: report

People with disabilities less included in Dutch society than 3 years ago: report
People with disabilities less included in Dutch society than 3 years ago: report
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The position of people with disabilities in the Netherlands is deteriorating. Over the past three years, it has become more difficult for people with disabilities to fully participate in society, according to a report commissioned by the UN Convention Alliance, a collaboration of five organizations that advocate for people with disabilities, which will be handed to the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva on Tuesday, Trouw reports.

The researchers asked people with a disability about their experiences and looked into figures on poverty, unemployment, and the like. Ten years ago, 9.5 percent of people with a disability lived in poverty. In 2016, that was 24.6 percent. In 2011, a total of 3,317 children were excluded from the school system due to their disability. Last year 5,576 children were excluded. The researchers found that the Participation Act - the law intended to help people with disabilities find work - is not working. Even in the current times of widespread staff shortages, unemployment is increasing among people with disabilities. There are also not enough affordable adapted homes.

"You can remove all barriers, make all cafes, festivals and websites accessible, but if people with a disability don't get education, have no income, or have no roof over they heads, they will not ever get to the hospitality industry or festivals," Illya Soffer, director of IederIn, one of the participants in the UN Convention Alliance, said to Trouw. "Then they stay disadvantaged."

In order to prevent people with disabilities being excluded or disadvantaged, the government needs to step in, Soffer said. But the government is increasingly withdrawing from the burden of care, as can be seen with the decentralization of healthcare in 2015 - a main cause for the deteriorating position of this group, according to Soffer. "You see many negative effects come from that," she said. "Many facilities for care and support, learning, living and working have been phased out and broken down, allowances and tax benefits have disappeared, while they were intended to give people with a disability an normal place in society."

The extra care responsibilities also mean that municipalities' budgets are stretched thinner and thinner. And then people with disabilities are often the first to get left behind, Soffer said. "City councils are dealing with addicts, nuisances, poverty,  child abuse, refugees, and then you also have some people with disabilities", she said. "Money goes to social problems and nuisance. You see that with the youth aid. Children with disabilities come off badly in youth aid because the emphasis is on equal opportunities for children who come from vulnerable families. People with disabilities are not visible. They do not step on tractors towards Malieveld. They are dependent, isolated and do not cause any inconvenience. The sum of that makes their position extra vulnerable."

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Eight young men arrested for gang-raping teen girls in Den Bosch

Eight young men arrested for gang-raping teen girls in Den Bosch

A total of eight men between the ages of 18 and 26 years were arrested in Rosmalen and Den Bosch early on Tuesday morning. They are suspected of gang raping at least three teenage girl in separate incidents at a garage company in 's-Hertogenbosch, the police said in a statement.

This investigation started early this year, when three teenage girls from 's-Hertogenbosch came separately to the police to report that they were raped by multiple men. In all cases the girls came into contact with members of the group, sometimes through social media. The police believe the girls were drugged and, while defenseless, sexually assaulted by multiple men from the group. Sometimes violence was used.

The gang rapes happened at a garage company in 's-Hertogenbosch, the police said. Forensic investigation was done there earlier this year.

While searching the suspects' homes on Tuesday, the police seized items that can be used as evidence, but also valuables that can be used for any possible victim compensation imposed by the court, the police said. 

The investigators have indications that this group of men gang raped more girls or young women. The police call on anyone else who may have fallen victim to this group to come forward. "Whether it happened recently or longer ago, know there is help for you", the police said. Now that the suspects are in custody, the police hope victims will be less afraid to file a report. Victims can also make contact with a Center for Sexual Violence on 0800-0188 to get professional help. 

EA Sports drops Marco van Basten from FIFA 20 over Heil Hitler “joke”

EA Sports drops Marco van Basten from FIFA 20 over Heil Hitler “joke”

EA Sports decided to drop Marco van Basten from its FIFA 20 game after a Nazi-related comment he made on television on November 24th. "We have an expectation that our commitment to equality and diversity is upheld across our game. As such, we will suspend Marco van Basten ICON items from being available in Pacs, SBCs and FUT Draft until further notice", EA sports said in a statement.

Van Basten made his comment on the program De Eretribune while acting as an analyst during the match between Ajax and Heracles Almelo. Hans Kraay junior interviewed Heracles' German coach Frank Wormuth. After the interview, Van Basten mocked Kraay's poor German with the comment "Sieg Heil". The comment was inadvertently audible for the viewers.

While some FIFA 20 players responded with understanding to EA Sports' decision, many were outraged and accused the company of being too PC. "Since when are players (and not just players, but an ICON in world football) getting removed from the game just by telling a stupid bad JOKE?? I understand his words might be offending but come on people.. he immediately apologized for these words", one player wrote on a FIFA 20 forum. 

Following his comment, Fox Sports suspended Van Basten for a week and donated his salary for that week to charity. 

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