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Sunday, 10 November 2013

Dutch FM Timmermans Says Russian Gays Have No Grounds to Ask the Netherlands for Asylum

00 NO ASYLUM. 10.11.13


Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said that Russia isn’t prosecuting gays, so, they have no grounds to ask the Netherlands for asylum. Earlier, some media distributed a supposed statement by Timmermans, in which he allegedly said that the Russian law banning homosexual propaganda among minors violated the rights of sexual minorities, and might push Amsterdam to grant such people asylum. Timmermans told RIA-Novosti in an interview, “First of all, I never said this. I answered… parliamentary questions in written form. In my answer, I said, in general terms, it didn’t pertain to Russia specifically, that if someone prosecutes homosexuals, they’re in a position to ask asylum in the Netherlands. At this stage, Russia isn’t prosecuting homosexuals, so, there’s no ground for asylum in the Netherlands. It was a generic answer to a generic question; I didn’t specifically aim it at Russia. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to clarify this, because I was very sorry that it created the impression that I directed it at Russia. I didn’t”.

Russia recently adopted an anti-gay propaganda law. The Kremlin maintains that the legislation has the sole purpose of protecting children; it doesn’t discriminate against homosexuals or prevent adults from making their own sexual choices. Critics insist that the law fuelled a wider crackdown on homosexuality in Russian society. Recently, relations between Russia and the Netherlands soured over a few issues, including the arrest of a Russian diplomat in The Hague, and Russia’s seizure of a Dutch-registered Greenpeace icebreaker.

10 November 2013



Editor’s Note:

M Timmermans puts it succinctly… “At this stage, Russia isn’t prosecuting homosexuals, so, there’s no ground for asylum in the Netherlands”. That’s the truth of the matter. Shall it shut up the homosexual activists and their fellow travellers? It won’t… but it remains the truth. You choose who you want to believe… the activists or M Timmermans. It IS up to you in the end…

M Timmermans is from the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA), that is, he’s a moderate leftist. The Left is NOT in favour of social anarchy and license… the right lies when it accuses us of such.




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