Holland Apologises For Its Past Enslavement Of Africans And Asians
Holland has apologised for its colonial past and the enslavement and exploration mandated by the Dutch state during the 17th-19th centuries.
Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte said that slavery must be recognised in “the clearest terms as a crime against humanity.
In his remarks Mr Rutte apologised for the past actions of the Dutch state to enslave people in the past.
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Along with the formal apology, the Dutch government is expected to allocate €200M to awareness projects and pledge to spend €27M on a slavery museum.
More than 600,000 enslaved men, women and children from Africa and Asia were trafficked by Dutch merchants between the 17th and 19th centuries.
They were forced to work on sugar, coffee and tobacco plantations, in mines and as household slaves in the “new world”, colonized land in the Americas and Caribbean and subjected to extreme physical, mental and sexual violence.