Human rights

The promotion and protection of human rights is a cornerstone of Dutch foreign policy. Freedom of expression (including online freedom and safety of journalists), equal rights for women and LGBTI, freedom of religion and belief, human rights defenders and the rule of law are priorities within the Dutch human rights policy. The Netherlands is your partner in defending human rights, worldwide!

Human Rights Tulip

Human Rights Tulip

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

In the last three years, different Egyptian human rights defenders have been nominated for the Human Rights Tulip. In 2017, Egyptian women’s human rights defender Azza Soliman was nominated. In 2016, the Al Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence made it to the top three. In 2015 the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studied was nominated for the award.

Equal rights

Human rights are rights for all, independent of nationality, gender or sexual orientation. The Netherlands promotes equal rights for all, with a focus on women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.


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

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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

Security, stability and prosperity can only be achieved when human rights and fundamental freedoms are respected. Civil society plays an important role, and the Netherlands supports civil society to play that role. These topics also play an important role in the dialogue between the Netherlands and Egypt.

For more information on this topic, contact the embassy.