What has happened in the Netherlands, this small country with its reputation of tolerance and traditional politics of accommodation? Discussions in the political arena and the media suggest that feelings of insecurity within the Dutch society are increasing. Are human rights less protected in the 21st century? Human Rights in the Polder examines this position, as was done at The Netherlands Institute of Human Right's 25th anniversary conference "Human Rights in the Polder - Human Rights and Human Security in the Public and Private Sphere." Under this theme, the authors identify a number of mainly Dutch issues and discuss these from a human rights perspective in an international setting. The central theme of human rights and security is focused on with particular attention for the private sphere, the public sphere, and the implementation of human rights.