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Dutch 'Black Pete' violates children's rights: ombudswoman

The Dutch children's ombudswoman ruled Friday that "Black Pete," the Christmas sidekick of Saint Nicholas, violates UN conventions and children's rights and could incite bullying and discrimination. Wading into a bitter debate in The Netherlands over the popular blackface character, the ombudswoman Margrite Kalverboer ruled that "Zwarte Piet", as he is called in Dutch, should "be stripped of discriminatory or stereotypical characteristics.
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