Party for Neighbourly Love, Freedom and Diversity

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Party for Neighbourly Love, Freedom, and Diversity
Partij voor Naastenliefde, Vrijheid en Diversiteit
LeaderMarthijn Uittenbogaard
(2006–2010)
Nelson Maatman
(2020–2022)
FoundersMarthijn Uittenbogaard
Ad van den Berg
Norbert de Jonge
Nelson Maatman
Founded31 May 2006 (2006-05-31)[a]
Dissolved14 March 2010 (2010-03-14)[b]
Membership (2006)3
IdeologyAge of consent reform
Animal rights advocacy
Anti-immigration
Antireligion[1]
Hard Euroscepticism[1]
Libertarianism[1]
Pedophile advocacy
Colours  Neon pink
Website
pnvd.nl (archived)
Founding and only public members of the original PNVD in 2006

The Party for Neighbourly Love, Freedom, and Diversity (Dutch: Partij voor Naastenliefde, Vrijheid en Diversiteit, PNVD), alternatively the Charity, Freedom, and Diversity Party, was a political party in the Netherlands. It existed without parliamentary representation[2] and had only three known members as of 2006.[3] The PNVD was commonly referred to as the "pedo party" (pedopartij) by media outlets, due to its advocacy for the legalization of child pornography and the lowering of the age of consent.[2][1] The party was originally founded on 31 May 2006 by three self-described pedophiles.[3][4] Its motto was sapere aude, or "dare to know".[5] Starting with the 2006 general election, the PNVD failed to contest electorally as it was unable to collect the 30 signatures from each of the 19 Dutch electoral regions it required to get on the ballot.[6] On 14 March 2010, the party was dissolved.[7]

The PNVD was momentarily revived on 7 August 2020, with Nelson Maatman [nl] as leader and original co-founder Norbert de Jonge as secretary-treasurer.[8][9] Former party leader Marthijn Uittenbogaard [nl] indicated that he would not return to politics and was considering leaving the country.[10] On 5 June 2022, authorities in Mexico City arrested Maatman on suspicion of human trafficking and possession of child pornography and a firearm, and the PNVD again dissolved.[11][12]

Platform[edit]

According to their official statement, the PNVD's platform aimed to maximize diversity and liberty.[5] They proposed allowing individuals, from the age of 12, to vote, have sex, gamble, choose their place of residence, and use soft drugs. Hard drugs would be legal at 16, as that would be the new age of majority. They also intended to eliminate marriage in the law, permit public nudity anywhere in the country, make railway travel free, and institute a comprehensive animal rights platform.[5] They were opposed to immigration and religious elementary schools.[13]

Sexuality[edit]

The PNVD sought to have the legal age of consent lowered to 12, and, in the long run, completely eliminated (except in dependent or intrafamilial relationships). They reason that only "coerced" or "dangerous" sexual activity should be punished. They also aimed to equalize the legal age where one can perform in pornography with the legal age of consent. Prostitution would be legal at the age of 16.[5] The PNVD wanted to legalise private use of child pornography (calling outlawing thereof "censorship" in the platform) and allow non-violent pornography to be screened on daytime television. Their platform also included legalization of humans engaging in sex with other animals.[3]

Treasurer Van den Berg claimed that, "Rearing is also about introducing children to sex".[14] Because of their controversial viewpoints on children and sexuality, they were often called the "paedo-party" by the people and in the media.

Also, the party's platform called for separate imprisonment facilities for sex offenders, arguing that the country would otherwise have indirect torture laws.[5]

Animal rights[edit]

The PNVD ultimately aimed to establish a universal treaty guaranteeing all animals basic rights.

In addition, the party planned to heavily restrict animal testing and completely prohibit the consumption of meat and fish: they viewed the killing of animals, no matter what purpose it serves, as murder. Industries currently depending on the sale of animal meat would receive provisional financial support from the government. Hunting and fishing for sport would also be banned.[5] The party also supported laws criminalizing the "sexual maltreatment" of animals.[5]

Controversy and legal challenges[edit]

Many of the party's positions, particularly those involving children, were widely unpopular among the Dutch public.[15] In a May 2006 opinion poll, 82% of respondents wanted the Dutch government to stop the party from competing in the elections.[16] The anti-pedophile foundation "Soelaas"[4] petitioned the courts to ban the party, but the judges ruled in the PNVD's favour.[3] "The freedom of expression, the freedom of assembly and the freedom of association … should be seen as the foundations of the democratic rule of law and the PNVD is also entitled to these freedoms," the court said in a statement.

The party's ties to paedophile activism have also drawn much attention: Marthijn Uittenbogaard [nl] (who also starred in the controversial documentary Are All Men Pedophiles?)[17] was earlier the treasurer of Vereniging Martijn,[18] an organization which advocates romantic and sexual relationships between adults and children, and all of its founders have identified as pedophiles. As of 2023, he is serving a ten year prison sentence in Ecuador for the production of child pornography.[19][20]

Former party treasurer Ad van den Berg [nl] was convicted in 1987 for a relationship with an eleven-year-old boy. He was fined and given a suspended prison sentence.[21] The Dutch television show Netwerk monitored Van den Berg for three months and discovered that he still had an underage boyfriend. Van den Berg passed away in early 2023, aged 78.[22]

In June 2006, Norbert de Jonge was expelled from his special education course at the Radboud University Nijmegen, owing to his involvement with the party and identification as a pedophile.[23]

The party's name was abbreviated as NVD at its formation, but shortly thereafter, the security company NVD Beveiligingen [nl] sought a legal order to have the party change their initials, saying that the party using the same abbreviation violated their trademark and harmed their reputation. The challenge was successful, and the party changed its initials to PNVD.[24][25]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The party was refounded by Nelson Maatman and Norbert de Jonge on 7 August 2020 (2020-08-07).
  2. ^ The second iteration of the party was dissolved in 2022, following the arrest of co-founder Maatman on 5 June 2022.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Pedopartij richt zich voortaan tegen religie – Nieuws – TROUW" (in Dutch). Trouw.nl. 31 July 2007. Archived from the original on 9 November 2017. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Pedopartij presenteert nieuw programma | nu.nl/algemeen | Het laatste nieuws het eerst op". Nu.nl. 16 March 2010. Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d "Dutch will allow paedophile group". BBC News. 17 July 2006. Archived from the original on 13 August 2006. Retrieved 17 July 2006.
  4. ^ a b "Court refuses to ban Dutch paedophile party". Expatica. 17 July 2006. Archived from the original on 10 August 2006. Retrieved 17 July 2006.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Partij voor Naastenliefde, Vrijheid & Diversiteit". Archived from the original on 19 July 2006. Retrieved 4 July 2006.
  6. ^ "Pedopartij haalt verkiezingen niet" (in Dutch). NOS. 10 October 2006. Archived from the original on 15 November 2006.
  7. ^ "Pedopartij ontbonden" (in Dutch). NU.nl. 15 March 2010. Archived from the original on 16 March 2010. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
  8. ^ Bos, Maaike (14 February 2020). "Waarom schonk de NPO aandacht aan die pedofielenpartij?". Trouw (in Dutch). Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  9. ^ Jonge, Norbert de; Maatman, Nelson (7 August 2020). "PNVD partijprogramma 2020-2021" (PDF) (in Dutch). Party for Neighbourly Love, Freedom and Diversity. Retrieved 9 November 2023.
  10. ^ "Oud-voorzitter 'pedoclub' Martijn trekt zich uit angst terug uit nieuwe politieke partij: 'Ik overweeg te emigreren'". RTV Oost (in Dutch). 30 January 2020. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Gevluchte pedo-activist Nelson M. opgepakt in Mexico". Het Parool (in Dutch). 7 June 2022. Retrieved 9 November 2023.
  12. ^ Quekel, Sebastiaan (22 June 2022). "Einde omstreden 'pedopartij' PNVD na arrestatie oprichter Nelson M. in Mexico". Algemeen Dagblad (in Dutch). Retrieved 9 November 2023.
  13. ^ "Dutch pedophiles form political party". New York City/Redmond, Washington: NBCNews.com. Associated Press. 31 May 2006. Archived from the original on 11 November 2017. Retrieved 19 September 2017. The party will also follow an anti-immigration policy and oppose religious elementary schools.
  14. ^ "Dutch paedophiles set up political party". Expatica. 30 May 2006. Archived from the original on 5 April 2007. Retrieved 27 May 2007.
  15. ^ van der Mee, Tonny; Vermeulen, Raymond (31 May 2006). "Afschuw over pedopartij" (in Dutch). AD. Archived from the original on 18 June 2006. Retrieved 31 May 2006.
  16. ^ "Pedophiles to launch political party". Guerrilla News Network / Reuters. 30 May 2006. Archived from the original on 21 June 2006. Retrieved 15 September 2006.
  17. ^ "CAST". Areallmenpedophiles.com. Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  18. ^ van der Mee, Tonny; Holtzer, Dafna (30 May 2006). "Pedofielen de politiek in". AD (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 12 June 2006. Retrieved 31 May 2006.
  19. ^ "Pedo Marthijn U. samen met compagnon veroordeeld tot 10 jaar cel voor kinderporno". De Telegraaf (in Dutch). 21 June 2023. Retrieved 9 November 2023.
  20. ^ "Voormannen pedoclub opgepakt in Zuid-Amerika". Netkwesties.nl (in Dutch). 26 June 2022. Retrieved 9 November 2023.
  21. ^ Court refuses to ban Dutch pedophile party Archived 19 July 2006 at the Wayback Machine AP article
  22. ^ "Voormalig pedofielenleider Ad van den Berg overleden na langdurige ziekte". Algemeen Dagblad (in Dutch). 3 February 2023. Retrieved 9 November 2023.
  23. ^ Nijmeegse universiteit verwijdert pedofiele student, NU.nl, 16 juni 2006
  24. ^ "Zoeken in uitspraken". Rechtspraak.nl. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  25. ^ lefigaro.fr (16 March 2012). "Le Figaro – Actualités". Lefigaro.fr. Archived from the original on 7 January 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2012.

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