WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following accused pedophile and former Dutch Justice Ministry Secretary-General Joris Demmink's retirement ceremony on October 31, the Rebecca Project for Human Rights Executive Director Imani Walker and Policy Director Kwame Fosu issued the following statement condemning the honor bestowed on Demmink:
"While the United States and United Kingdom have come to grips on the issue of pedophilia, with the recent investigations of Jerry Sandusky and Jimmy Savile, respectively, the Dutch have done just the opposite with its own infamous, accused pedophile – former Dutch Justice Ministry Secretary General Joris Demmink. Although it must be a relief for Queen Beatrix and the Dutch government to rid themselves of the embarrassment associated with accused pedophile Demmink, he should never have been honored with a retirement ceremony befitting an honorable and loyal Dutch civil servant. With this honor of Demmink, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and the Dutch government have brought shame to the Netherlands, tarnished the reputation of the government and its civil service, and dishonored those who were victimized by Joris Demmink in the Netherlands and Turkey. Although damage has been done with Demmink's retirement ceremony, Queen Beatrix and the Dutch government can still make amends. They can right the wrong of allowing an accused pedophile to oversee the very Justice Ministry that was empowered to investigate the accusations of sexual abuse and rape against him. First, the Dutch government can arrest Joris Demmink so he is not able to flee the Netherlands and live out his retirement in a country that will not extradite him back to the Netherlands, should a future Dutch government have the moral fortitude to finally investigate his actions. Second, the Dutch government can order that Dutch pension APG freeze Demmink's retirement funds until a full and thorough investigation is completed by Dutch authorities. At a time when the Dutch government is struggling to pay pension allotments to honorable Dutch government workers, few would complain if the pension belonging to accused pedophile Demmink is eventually used to fund a relief account for those he victimized.
"Finally, Queen Beatrix and the Dutch government should immediately empanel an independent commission, which includes at least one child advocate from abroad as well as law enforcement from abroad, to investigate the role of senior government officials in the Netherlands in the enabling and covering up of Demmink's crimes and obstruction of justice, with the stated purpose that, if it is found that senior officials have covered for Demmink, they be criminally prosecuted along with him. Time is running out for Queen Beatrix and the Dutch government. The reputation of the Netherlands hangs in the balance of whether accused pedophile Joris Demmink faces justice, or if he walks free with a lifetime pension to fund his lifestyle of perversion and child rape."
For more information on the criminal complaints against Dutch Justice Ministry Secretary-General Joris Demmink, please visit www.ArrestDemmink.com.
The Rebecca Project for Human Rights (RPHR) is a transformational organization that advocates for justice, dignity, and reform for vulnerable women and girls in the United States and Africa. For more information, please visit: http://www.rebeccaproject.org/index.php
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