The Re-banning of Pedophile Advocacy Association ‘Martijn’
We, the representatives of national and international NGOs, registered with the relevant ministries in the countries we work in and collaborating with the respective governments to combat human trafficking and sexual exploitation especially of women and children; and other concerned organizations and individuals, call on the government of The Netherlands for legislation to prevent the possibility of (organized) advocacy activities violating Article 34 of the United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child [UNCRC], Article 9 of the UNCRC Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, and Article 8 of the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse [Lanzarote Convention].
Mr. Ivo Opstelten, Minister of Safety and Justice
Mr. Fred Teeven, State Secretary of Safety and Justice
Objective: Re-banning of pedophile advocacy association Martijn; and a call for legislation to prevent the possibility of advocacy activities violating Article 34 of the United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child [UNCRC], Article 9 of the UNCRC Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, or Article 8 of the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse [Lanzarote Convention].
Reference: Case number HV 200.113.338/01 at the appeal court of Leeuwarden, The Netherlands.
We, the initiators and co-signers of the ‘Ring the Alarm’ petition, hereby demonstrate our concerns by means of organized international petition and protest against the unbanning of the Dutch pedophile advocacy association Martijn, as ruled by the appeal court of Leeuwarden on April 2nd, 2013. Martijn was started to offer a network of support for pedophiles and is known for their glorification of sexual relationships between children and adults. Martijn advocates that “erotic contacts between adults and children of any age, that are pleasurable and consensual, should be accepted by society”.
The unbanning of Martijn forms a great risk of danger for children in The Netherlands and elsewhere. Although we believe that adults who are sexually attracted to children deserve therapy and help, when they organize themselves and advocate that sexual contact with children is acceptable, this is contrary to art 2:20 of the Dutch Civil Code (art 2.20 BW: A legal person the activity of which is contrary to public policy shall be declared a prohibited legal person and shall be wound up by order of the district court upon the application of the Public Prosecution Service). In addition, the Dutch government ratified the UNCRC, the UNCRC Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, and the Lanzarote Convention, to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation. These conventions and the optional protocol state clearly that child sexual abuse and exploitation, and advocating for sexual contact between adults and children and child pornography should be prevented by all means. Therefore, even if the banning of Martijn is not possible based on art 2.20 of the Dutch Civil Code, we believe the Dutch government should enact legislation to ban this pedophilia advocacy association and other similar associations.
We who work for organizations that experience first-hand the disruption brought about by active pedophiles and other child molesters on victims, families, communities and society, are deeply concerned by the unbanning of Martijn. Child sexual abuse and exploitation is not only a crime against an individual victim, it also has a severe negative impact on the families and communities confronted with this heinous crime. It is therefore disruptive to the society as a whole. We feel obliged to speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves. This includes children in The Netherlands, and anywhere else in the world, who are at risk of becoming victims of active pedophiles and other child molesters.
The unbanning of Martijn has been a travesty of justice and a dark day in the global battle against child sexual abuse and exploitation. With this petition we appeal for the re-banning of Martijn specifically and call to the Dutch Government to enact appropriate legislation to prevent advocacy activities violating Article 34 of the United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 9 of the UNCRC Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, or Article 8 of the Lanzarote Convention. Resulting from the ratification of these treaties, the Royal Government of The Netherlands and the Ministry of Safety and Justice in particular should do everything in its power to protect those most vulnerable and dependent in any society: children. It is not too late to reverse this shameful injustice against children and society.
Initiated and signed by:
Action Pour Les Enfants in Cambodia (Nr. 297 OI/MFA/IC)
Operation Bobbi Bear in South Africa (NPO Registration No. 015-208)