Children’s rights in theory and practice

On this website you will find articles and publications by Dr. Philip E. Veerman about children’s rights and announcements of symposia and conferences in the field of (international) children’s rights.

Recent articles

Defending children’s rights

Defending children’s rights

Evaluating the decision by the Ministry of Defence to declare DCI-Palestine a ‘terrorist organisation’ In 1988 I founded the Israeli-Section of Defence for Children International (DCI) and struggled 17 years to get funding and run the organisation....

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“Nitrous oxide is not for laughing”

“Nitrous oxide is not for laughing”

The lack of enforcement of the Hague ban on nitrous oxide contributes to making young people think more easily about drug use, says health care psychologist Philip Veerman in his opinion piece in The Hague Central. The developments around nitrous...

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Minister for children badly needed

Minister for children badly needed

Abuses (such as children waiting too long for help) must be resolved. The mammoth tanker 'Decentralization' needs to change course and a special minister should lead that process, says Philip Veerman in his opinion piece in Den Haag Centraal. Informator Herman Tjeenk Willink suggested to reach...

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Minister for children! Sign the petition

Minister for children! Sign the petition

We organize our society in such a way that a quarter of a million children live in poverty, that children in psychological distress, children who are suicidal are on waiting lists, that a large number of children are neglected, maltreated and abused, that there are children who live on the...

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Minister for Children – the next step with a plea

As in Ireland, we aim to appoint a Minister for Children in the Netherlands as well. Do you endorse this plea? Then share it via a message on LinkedIn and in your network. Then it has a "snowball effect". Do you want to join this movement? Let us know by commenting on this message and / or send an...

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Philip Edmond Veerman

Philip Edmond Veerman (Amsterdam, 28 juni 1948) is an expert in children’s rights, health-psychology and (special) education. He initiated several new child welfare organisations in the Netherlands and developed international children’s rights initiatives. For his 40 years of efforts to promote children’s rights he was given a Royal distinction, when in 2015 he became Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau.