Concerns over violence Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank 

Photo: An Israeli settlement in the West Bank under construction in 2017 - Ronan Shenhav/Flickr The bloody war between Hamas and Israel has now been going on for more than 5 weeks and there is no end in sight. Reporting on the conflict currently focuses mainly on Gaza. Nevertheless, it is important [...]

Get your tickets now for Africa Day on 18 November!

Saturday 18 November, the annual Africa Day is back! For 25 years, this has been the event about Africa in the Netherlands. A day full of workshops, debates, lectures, literature, films, music, a fashion show, and much more! Order your tickets at This year, one theme will take centre stage at Africa Day: climate justice. All over the world, people [...]

Volunteers wanted for Africa Day 2023!

Sign up now as a volunteer for Africa Day 2023! Saturday 18 November, the annual Africa Day will take place at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam! For 25 years, this has been the event about Africa in the Netherlands. A day full of workshops, debates, lectures and culture. With a discussion on oil pollution in Uganda with Ugandan climate activist Hilda Flavia [...]

Visit from the Balkans

  On Tuesday 3 July, Foundation Max van der Stoel was visited by prominent members of social democratic parties from Southeast Europe who were in The Hague for a working visit focused on political integrity, at the initiative of the North American National Democratic Institute (NDI). The Southeast European attendees included NDI staff, party officials, and councillors from the [...]

10 years of FMS!

June marks the 10th anniversary of the Max van der Stoel Foundation! On 21 June 2013, the Alfred Mozerstichting and the Evert Vermeerstichting merged into a new foundation, named after the prominent PvdA politician and human rights defender Max van der Stoel. Ten years after our founding, we are still committed to the same ideal: make people [...]

Ukrainian aid organisation Vostok SOS's visit to The Hague

Last week, representatives of Ukrainian aid organisation Vostok SOS were in the Netherlands to draw attention to the important work they are doing in Ukraine. Besides the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, among others, FMS also had the honour of hosting the representatives. In addition, FMS together with the Netherlands Helsinki Committee and Libereco organised [...]

Democracy under pressure: in conversation with and about young people

Democracy in the Netherlands is also under pressure. That is why students from The Hague came together last night to discuss the future of Europe, organised by Foundation Max van der Stoel and the Haagse Hogeschool. The event was part of the Democracy under Pressure campaign, and discussed point 15 of the manifesto: involve the interests of [...]

Interview: Colleague Meriem on her experiences in the Palestinian territories

Colleague Meriem Hammami visited the Palestinian territories in November during a three-day fieldtrip organised by the Palestinian-European Civil Society Forum and the Jerusalem Human Rights Consortium. During the fieldtrip, she experienced poignant moments. FMS interviewed her about the experiences that stuck with her most. What was the background to your trip to [...]