Netherlands violated child's right to nationality: UN


The Netherlands violated the rights of a child born to a mother trafficked to the country and forced into prostitution by registering "nationality unknown" in the boy’s civil records, the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC) said.

The committee said the Dutch decision left the 10-yer-old boy unable under Dutch law to be registered as "stateless," while describing its decision as "ground-breaking" as it is the HRC's first decision on the right of a child to acquire a nationality.

The committee heard a petition by a child named Denny, born in the Netherlands' city of Utrecht in 2010 to a 21-year-old mother from China.

Denny's mother was trafficked to the Netherlands in 2004 when she was 15 and forced into prostitution, the committee heard.

She eventually managed to escape in 2008 and reported to the Dutch police.

However, the police closed the investigation as they could not identify her traffickers.

Her residency status is currently classified as an "illegal alien."