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Kamervragen

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

15 mei 2018
Bron: www.vpro.nl

Tweede Kamerleden Michiel van Nispen en Renske Leijten (SP) hebben kamervragen gesteld naar aanleiding van de Argos-uitzending van 5 mei dit jaar, waarin klokkenluider Roelie Post haar verhaal deed. De vragen gaan vooral over de manier waarop Post wordt behandeld door haar werkgever: de Europese Commissie.

Post, die uit de school klapte over corruptie rondom adopties uit Roemenië, vertelde in de uitzending hoe ze na haar onthullingen bedreigd werd en nu een onderduikersbestaan leeft. De Europese Commissie erkent haar niet als klokkenluider en dreigt nu met strafmaatregelen.

Van Nispen en Leijten richten hun vragen aan Minister voor Rechtsbescherming Sander Dekker en Minister van Buitenlandse Zaken Stef Blok. De Kamerleden vragen de Ministers onder anderen of zij de manier waarop Post door de Europese Comissie behandeld is acceptabel vinden. Ook vragen ze zich af hoeveel klokkenluiders er nog meer thuis zitten, aangezien er naast Post nog meer klokkenluiders die na hun onthullingen in de problemen kwamen aan bod komen in de Argos-uitzending.

Verder halen Van Nispen en Leijten  recent door Eurocommissaris Frans Timmermans aangekondigde maatregelen aan. “Vindt u ook dat, nu er zeer recent door Eurocommissaris Timmermans nieuwe regels zijn aangekondigd om klokkenluiders beter te beschermen, het niet zo kan zijn dat Roelie Post precies het omgekeerde overkomt, namelijk dat zij gestraft wordt in plaats van beschermd?” Als laatste verzoeken de Kamerleden de Ministers om te bemiddelen in het conflict tussen Post en de Europese Commissie.

Het hele overzicht van de gestelde vragen is hier te vinden. De Argos-uitzending over Roelie Post kunt u hier terugluisteren.

Grenzen aan je kinderwens

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

9 mei 2018

Hello Radio

Mooie en integere radio.

Regiseuse Rita Horst over mijn bijdrage aan “Exportbaby” en mijn leven als klokkenluider.

Grenzen aan je kinderwens (1) In de jaren zeventig adopteerde je buitenlandse kinderen uit idealisme, maar die gedachte is reeds lang verlaten. Wat zijn de vele haken en ogen rondom adoptie? Rita Horst schreef en regisseerde de NPO-dramaserie Exportbaby en stelt het fenomeen ter discussie. Anouk Eigenraam, geadopteerd vanuit Zuid-Korea, schreef het boek ‘Welkom in adoptieland’ (2017). Ze deelt haar persoonlijke ervaring en schetst een beeld van hoe het er in de ‘adoptiewereld’ aan toe gaat. Beiden zijn in de studio van Hello Radio Podcast en praten ook over internationaal draagmoederschap naar aanleiding van de podcastserie Wensvaders. Presentatie: Peter de Ruiter.​

Hier te beluisteren LINK

European Ombudsman to look into treatment of whistleblower Roelie Post

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

21 June 2017

Dutch Parliament Round Table Discussion: ‘Reflection on Intercountry Adoption’

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

17 May 2017

The Dutch Parliament’s Permanent Committee on Safety and Justice organises a round table discussion about the RSJ report “Reflection on Intercountry Adoption”.

The Hague (open to the public)
24 mei 2017 | 14:00 – 18:00

Dutch version of my position paper  Gespreksnotitie Tweede Kamer Commissie mei 2017 R Post

English translation of my position paper: R Post Position Paper Dutch Parliament May 2017

Summary advisory report ‘Reflection on Intercountry Adoption’ of the Council for the Administration of Criminal Justice and Protection of Juveniles (2 November 2016) is available here

Positions papers of the speakers, including me, can be found here (in Dutch).

Whistleblowing Conference Serbia

Friday, October 28th, 2016

28 October 2016

Dutch whistleblower Roelie Post from the European Commission speaks at Pištaljka’s conference “For Every Truth There is a Source: Protection of Whistleblower and Journalistic Sources” in Belgrade.


Re-opening Romania’s intercountry adoptions: THE “LOBBY” FAILED!

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

18 March 2014

The Romanian Members of the Committee for Labour and Social Protection of the Chamber of Deputies unanimously decided in its meeting of March 11, 2014 , not to endorse the legislative proposal on adoption prepared by the Adoption Lobby.

It is soon 10 years after the Romanian government ruled that adoption by non-related foreigners would be no more allowed. Even since attempts were made to re-open Romania. The so-called Adoption Lobby failed until now, despite all the negative media they were able to generate lately, using old images of  ’abandoned’ children.

No doubt, they will not give up. But at least, for now, they must be licking their wounds.

WHO WAS BEHIND THIS LATEST ATTEMPT? (more…)

Human Trafficking – The Stakeholders’ Perspective

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

I feel honored that I was asked to contribute to this important book.
For orders: SAGE PUBLICATIONS

Human Trafficking

The Stakeholders’ Perspective (more…)

Romania re-opens the export of children?

Friday, November 11th, 2011

According to the Romanian newspaper Jurnalul National Romania is ready to re-open the export of its children.

On Wednesday the Romanian Parliament voted for changing the adoption law. I have not yet been able to finish reading all the amendments, but it is clear that this would be a start in opening the doors.

It is now up to President Basescu to sign this amendment.

Will he keep his word?

‘Anyone can lobby in Brussels or anywhere else, but Romania will not change its adoption legislation, at least not as long as I am the President’

Press conference – 22 April 2010 – of EC President José Manuel Barroso and Romanian President Traian Basescu:

Wikileaks: Netherlands: Pending Adoption Cases in Romania

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Source: http://www.scoop.co.nz

Wednesday, 22 March 2006, 3:58 pm
Cable: Wikileaks
Ref: 06THEHAGUE617

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RR RUEHAG RUEHDF RUEHIK RUEHLZ
DE RUEHTC #0617 0811558
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 221558Z MAR 06
FM AMEMBASSY THE HAGUE
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 5172
INFO RUCNMEM/EU MEMBER STATES COLLECTIVE
RUEHBM/AMEMBASSY BUCHAREST 1111
RUEHSF/AMEMBASSY SOFIA 0418
RUEHTV/AMEMBASSY TEL AVIV 2840
RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS 0270

UNCLAS THE HAGUE 000617

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL CASC EU RO NL
SUBJECT: NETHERLANDS: PENDING ADOPTION CASES IN ROMANIA

REF: STATE 43700

1. (SBU) Poloff delivered reftel demarche March 21 to MFA
Western and Central Europe policy officer Mara van der Poel,
who handles accession issues for Romania and Bulgaria. The
GONL is satisfied with the Romanian adoption law, which it
believes (despite our arguments) is in conformity with
international and EU conventions. Van der Poel cited
European Commission reports that indicated Romania had the
capacity to adopt needy children internally. Regarding
pending cases, she said that the GONL was satisfied with the
European Commission’s call for the Romanian government to
inform applicants of the status of their cases.

2. (SBU) When pressed by poloff, van der Poel said that,
frankly, the Romanian accession process faces hurdles which
are far more pressing that the adoption issue (for example,
corruption). She said that the GONL does not feel this is an
issue on which the Romanians should be distracted.
ARNALL

Wikileaks on US promotion of export of children

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Now that all Wikileaks’ cables are out in the open, I was able to find more cables about the Romanian adoption battle. In the coming days I will blog more about this, so stay tuned…

In my book Romania for Export Only I mentioned the letter sent by then US Deputy Secetary of State Richard Armitage to European Commissioner Gunter Verheugen.

Tuesday, 4 May 2004

A letter from US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage to Commissioner Verheugen. This man had already been quoted some weeks ago in an article in the Herald Tribune, with as headline:

‘ROMANIA: LET YOUR CHILDREN GO’

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