Everyone should have the right to make their own religious or ideological choices. This includes the choice to convert to a different religion or not to believe. The Netherlands makes no distinction between different religions or beliefs.
Unfortunately, however, there is growing intolerance around the world when it comes to religion and belief. More than three-quarters of the world's population live in countries with limited freedom of religion and belief. For this reason, freedom of religion and belief is a key part of the Netherlands’ human rights policy.
Dutch efforts to promote freedom of religion and belief worldwide
In some cases religious or traditional values can restrict fundamental rights and freedoms. For instance those of women and children, and those of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons. The Netherlands opposes the limitation of these rights and freedoms. Read more about the Dutch efforts to promote freedom of religion and belief.