Human rights: the Netherlands and Croatia

The Netherlands is your partner in defending human rights.

Human Rights Tulip

The Netherlands supports human rights defenders. Every year the Dutch government presents an award called the Human Rights Tulip.

Equal rights

The Netherlands works for equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. It also promotes equal rights for women.


The Netherlands combats human rights violations and promotes freedom of expression, freedom of religion and belief, and internet freedom. Discrimination on the grounds of religion, belief, political opinion, race or sex or on any other grounds is not permitted.

Trade and development cooperation

The Netherlands also addresses human rights in its trade and development relationships.

Human Rights Ambassador

The Netherlands has a Human Rights Ambassador and a Human Rights Fund.

Human rights: the Netherlands and your country or region

The Embassy of the Netherlands in Zagreb aspires to present and explain Dutch society, views and policy objectives to the Croatian citizens through e.g. seminars, speeches, interviews, cultural exchanges and social media.

If you intent to plan a project or event in Croatia which aims to present and foster understanding for Dutch views and standpoints (in themes such as Rule of Law, Human Rights, Minority Rights, Regional Stability or War Crimes,) contact us via