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Sharp increase in reports of LGBT discrimination

The number of reports and reports of LGBT discrimination increased 13 percent in the past year. This is according to research by the Ministry of the Interior published June 25. COC is asking the House of Representatives to take action.

The Discrimination Rates in 2020 report shows that the total number of reports and reports of LGBT discrimination to police and anti-discrimination agencies increased from 2,072 in 2019 to 2,336 in 2020. Discrimination due to sexual orientation (32%) is, after origin (43%), the non-discrimination ground on which police receive the most reports and reports. Minister Kajsa Ollongren sent the figures to the House of Representatives on Friday, June 25.

COC calls on the House of Representatives to take action in a letter. Chamber members will discuss the government's discrimination policy on Wednesday, June 30.

Among other things, the COC calls for higher legal penalties in cases of discriminatory violence, specialized discrimination investigators in the police and more time and money for Pink in Blue officers. The organization also wants more attention paid to intersectionality: people who face discrimination because of a combination of non-discrimination grounds.

To prevent violence, COC wants schools to pay more and better attention to acceptance of everyone regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics.

Ten parties promised on March 13 in COC's Rainbow Ballot Agreement to take the above measures. They are VVD, CDA, D66, GroenLinks, SP, PvdA, PvdD, Volt, BIJ1 and Liane den Haan.

The total number of reports of discrimination also rose sharply last year, from 9,869 in 2019 to 15,716 in 2020. The number of reports of discrimination against Muslims increased from 192 in 2019 to 307 in 2020. The total number of reports and reports of discrimination for origin increased from 4078 (2019) to 5499 (2020). In particular, there was an increase in the number of reports and denunciations of discrimination based on East Asian appearance.

On June 2, COC and nine advocacy organizations called on informateur Mariëtte Hamer and the forming parties to address discrimination. The letter was also signed by Bi+ Netherlands, CIDI, Ieder(in), Inspraakorgaan Turken in Nederland (IOT), Nederlands Netwerk voor seksediversiteit NNID, Samenweringsverband van Marokkaanse Nederlanders (SMN), Transgender Netwerk Nederland and WOMEN Inc.