Social organizations request Spies’ assistance

POSTED: 02/14/12 3:34 PM

St. Maarten – Social organizations delivered a letter for Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Liesbeth Spies to the Dutch representation in Philipsburg Monday requesting she use her position in the Kingdom Council of Ministers to coordinate cooperation with the government of St. Maarten on realizing the equal implementation of social, economic and cultural rights. Monday’s letter comes a month to day after another one that was addressed to the Kingdom Council of Minister. The ultimate goal is a guarantee of equal health care quality, an equal health insurance system, and equal social provisions.
“The social organizations requested to hear publicly, if it is possible before leaving St. Maarten, whether the Kingdom Council of Ministers has or will address this request from the social organizations of St. Maarten and that cooperation for the full realization of our social economic and cultural rights without any discrimination, limitation or further delay has been guaranteed,” a release stated.
Monday’s letter was delivered because the organizations have not received a reply to their last letter. Whether Spies will respond is questionable. During an interview with Natasja Gibbs of Radio Netherlands Worldwide Spies said she is aware of concerns people have about the state of the economy and jobs, but she leaves up to each country to take the first responsibility for handling these matters. She only sees a role for the Netherlands if the countries request assistance.

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