Dutch companies sourcing granite from Indian quarries using child labour
Three Dutch importers of natural stone have bought granite from quarries in India where child labour is used. Some of the workers in the quarries are also vulnerable to debt slavery because of debts owed to their employer, according to the National India Working Group, Stop Child Labour and Church in Action on the basis of an investigation into working conditions and export data.
The police in Amsterdam are angry at the leaking of information from a file on the widely publicised car crash at Amsterdam Central Station in June. It believes that a police officer passed on the personal details of the suspect to GeenStijl and intends to investigate the matter in depth.
Environmental group seeks court order for clean air measures
Environmental group Mileudefensie and the government are in agreement that air quality has improved enormously in recent decades. It is also clear that the standards are exceeded at some locations in the cities and elsewhere.