The announcement came after an investigation by the Dutch public broadcaster NOS last week revealed VU’s Cross Cultural Human Rights Center (CCHRC) had received between €250,000 (£210,000) and €300,000 annually from Southwest over the past few years. According to NOS, the CCHRC used Southwest’s money to fund a regular newsletter, organise seminars and maintain its website – which has published several posts rejecting western criticism of China’s human rights policy.
The CCHRC website was temporarily taken offline on Tuesday. A statement said the centre had concluded not all publications on the site were “compatible with its vision” of human rights. It also wanted to check a “sufficiently clear distinction” was made between statements made on its behalf and “opinions and observations made in a personal capacity”.