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Offenes Schreiben an Präsident Juncker: Roelie Post

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

Deutsche Bürger haben Präsident Juncker heute eine mail geschickt.

Ihr Schreiben von 2015 ist hier zu finden:  2015

Auch zum empfehlen: Roelie Post, Das Leben eines Whistleblowers

Whistleblowing at European Level? No Protection.

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

17 July 2018

Following the Dutch radio broadcasting “Roelie Post, The Life of a Whistle-blower”, parliamentary questions were addressed to the Dutch Parliament by members of the Socialist Party (SP). The English translation of the replies given by the Dutch Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Internal Affairs, on behalf of the Dutch Government, can be found below. Of particular interest is that it brought out something not many people realise: the “normal” European rules do not count for their own staff. (more…)

EUROPEAN COMMISSION SHOULD NOT BE AFRAID OF ‘OWN’ WHISTLEBLOWERS

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Source:  www.sp.nl

15 July 2018

DENNIS DE JONG (Member of the European Parliament) :

Even before the summer recess starts formally in a week, the proposals put forward by the European Commission for the protection of whistle-blowers are still being worked on. It is striking that whistle-blowers must be protected everywhere except in the European institutions themselves. The bill is not about that. It fits into a trend: the Commission, is quick to tell the Member States what they have to do, but themselves remain behind.

Formally, officials of the European institutions who report abuses as whistle-blowers are protected by the civil servant statute, but that does not say anything about how this works out in practice. Recently, the Argos program was about how Roelie Post fared, the Dutch whistle-blower who had to go into hiding. Moreover, nothing has been arranged for people who do not work at the EU, but have learned something about possible abuses at one of the institutions. Finally, the Commission also still refuses to show in the UN context how it is fighting corruption in its own circle and in that respect protects whistle-blowers, while it is obliged to do so. (more…)

The Adoption Business, wrested from parents, sold as orphans

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

20 June 2018

Originally published in Danish, now translated in German. Hopefully one day in English.

The Adoption Business, wrested from parents, sold as orphans

Dorrit Saietz’ extra-ordinary book that includes much of Against Child Trafficking’s work.

Also, it tells “The Battle on Europe’s Children”, which started when Romania was to stop intercountry adoptions.

Including part of my story, the way I was pushed out of the European Commission.

But remained a European civil servant.

An incredible “lobby” story…

Source: Click Here


The Traffickers – Episode 6 – The Dark Side of Adoption

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

23 May 2018

Somewhere beginning 2016, Arun Dohle of Against Child Trafficking convinced me to work with the excellent team of Nelufar Hedayat and Ruhi Hamid. To help them with their investigation into the trafficking of children for adoption.

The result is impressive.

A MUST WATCH

Now available on Netflix LINK in many, many countries.

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.