The States-General (Staten-Generaal) is the bicameral legislative body of the Netherlands. It consists of the Senate (Eerste Kamer) and the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer). The democratically elected MPs of the House of Representatives have powers to propose, discuss and adopt legislation, as well as to check government actions. The latter takes the form of formal interrogations (addressing parliamentary questions to the cabinet ministers), which may result in motions urging the cabinet to take action, or refrain from taking any action.
MPs with an interest in human rights and HRD issues can discuss and address the Dutch government’s policy on defenders, in the framework of the Netherlands.