started this petition to
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte
For Dutch: see www.stoptheban.nl
Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands
Dear Prime Minister,
Dutch citizens and we are worried. We are worried about the executive order
signed by president Trump last week, restricting incoming travels to the United
As a consequence of the so‐called ‘travel ban’, persons with roots in
Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lybia, Yemen, Somalia, and Sudan are denied entry to the
United States. Despite the fact that we are Dutch citizens, we are directly
affected by this measure, only because of our country of origin.
We ask you,
as Prime Minister of all Dutch citizens, to stand up for our rights. We want to
draw your attention to three points of concern and we ask for your support.
travel ban discriminates.
travel ban is not only unjust and a violation of international law, but it is also
discriminatory against people based on their country of origin. It leads to
stigmatization and discrediting of citizens from countries mentioned above.
Even if the travel ban is revoked, the damage has already been done; these people
have been earmarked as dangerous and suspicious in the public debate. We expect
you to explicitly distance our Country from this stigmatization and declare
that entire populations must never be singled out based on their origin or
travel ban affects Dutch citizens.
with us, thousands of Dutch citizens are directly affected by the travel ban.
Despite our Dutch passport, we cannot travel to the United States anymore. The
American government considers us as persons with dual citizenship, even though
the Dutch government stopped registering this since 2014. Careers abroad, conference
visits, further education, family visits, and holidays in the United States now
seem to be things of the past. The American government degrades us to
second‐class Dutch citizens. We expect you to resist this.
travel ban sets a precedent. This travel
ban appears to be the first in line of many controversial measures that we can
expect from president Trump. It will set a precedent and so will your reply.
This travel ban is part of broader political climate in which discrimination is
becoming the norm. Today we take the pain, tomorrow other groups may be
with your German colleague, you have asked the American authorities for
clarification about our situation. This is a small first step which we
appreciate. However, we are deeply worried that enterprises, such as commercial
airlines, are conforming to unlawful policies of a foreign head of state. How
are you going to prevent (private) companies from discriminating against Dutch
citizens based on unjust policies from foreign powers in the future?
letter, we also want to raise attention for the fate of all other citizens of
the World that may be affected by these measures. Many who had been accepted as
refugees in the United States (often members of the LGBT community, or other
minorities) are now stranded. We want you to speak up for their concerns and
actively promote the values of the Geneva Refugee Convention.
We hope to
hear from you soon,
Posted: 31 January 2017