Petition against ‘paedopartij’ signed more than 360,000 times

An online petition against the PNVD, the party for Charity, Freedom and Diversity, also known as the ‘pedo party’, has been signed more than 360,000 times. The petition is addressed to the Public Prosecutor’s Office, asking whether the party can be banned. With 500,000 signatures, the petition is presented as a citizens’ initiative in the House of Representatives.

“The PNVD shouldn’t be a party that participates in our society. They should not fight for the interests they represent”, is written in the description of the petition, made on 28 August by someone who calls herself Anneke de B.. “By allowing a party like PNVD to participate, the chance of abuse in my opinion is increased and more child pornography will be spread.”

The PNVD will respond to the petition later today, chairman Nelson Maatman will let the CCeit know.

Not enough signatures

The party is not new. In 2006 and 2010 the party also wanted to participate in the elections to the House of Representatives, but could not get enough signatures. In March 2010, the party lifted itself.

Last month the party presented a new programme, which was followed by attention on social media. In the party program you can read that the party strives for sexual freedom for all ages. The party wants there to be no more legal age limit to be sexually active. Possession of child pornography should also become legal.

In the program PNVD’ers Norbert de Jonge and Nelson Maatman also plead for the legalization of sex with animals. The party is also in favour of necrophilia, provided explicit written permission has been given.

Prohibition possible

In 2012 paedophile association Martijn was banned by the court in Assen. The court considered sexual contact between adults and children to be contrary to generally accepted norms and values. After a final decision of the Supreme Court, the ban came into effect in 2014. The Supreme Court ruled that Martijn downplays and even glorifies sex with young children. The child’s interest outweighs the freedom to have an association, was the verdict

In principle, a party can also be banned in the Netherlands, but it happens very rarely. The last time was in 1998, when the right-wing extremist CP’86 was dissolved by the court. “A party is an association, and an association can be banned according to the Civil Code after a claim by the Public Prosecution Service,” says state law professor Paul Bovend’Eert of Radboud University.

There must be compelling reasons for this, says Bovend’Eert. “The point is that the operation must be contrary to public order. So, for example, a faulty program of principles is not enough. It’s about the activities.”

In January, searches in the houses of De Jonge and Maatman were carried out by the police, can also be read in the party programme.

In February, Maatman’s house was attacked after he was interviewed on the street in the NTR programme Danny. He said that children should be able to say for themselves whether they want sex. “We have to go back to the fact that sex isn’t something very strange.” “Even with children?” Danny Ghosen asked. Maatman: “Yes, too. (…) A child of 2 or 3 years old can say it wants an ice cream or wants to go to the playground. This is the same thing.”