Apologizing for slavery: A Dutch way to make amends

Source: Christian Science Monitor
by staff

“Dutch leaders do not often visit Suriname. Their presence stirs suspicions among local critics. That’s because the South American country still bears the legacies of three centuries of colonial rule by the Netherlands — a legacy that includes Dutch merchant ships bringing enslaved Africans to Suriname and many other parts of the New World. When Prime Minister Mark Rutte arrived yesterday on the first state visit in 14 years, he came to discuss trade, public health, and agriculture. But his two-day trip may have had a deeper historical import: a prelude to a government apology for the Dutch slave trade.” (09/13/22)