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Intellectual Property Rights

With the exception of articles and related content by or attributed to authors other than SOMO or one of its networks, the textual content of this site (including publications) is made available under a Creative Commons License. This content can be freely used as such for non-commercial purposes, on condition that SOMO is identified as the original author. No rights may be derived from the content of these texts, however.

For uses other than that stated above, or the use of images, please contact the communication department Communication.

See our Creative Commons Licence for the terms and conditions for users and the legal agreement which is applicable to it. 

In the case of articles and publications on our website which do not originate from SOMO or one of the networks hosted by SOMO, you must check the copyright on the source site of the article.

Limitation of liability

SOMO aims to achieve current and reliable reporting on its website. Despite the large degree of attention we put into the texts and publications on this site, we cannot guarantee that the information is always correct or complete. If the information provided contains inaccuracies or if certain information is not available on or via the site, SOMO will make every effort to rectify this as quickly as possible.

SOMO cannot be held liable, however, for direct or indirect loss occurring as a result of the information on this site. Please notify SOMO of any inaccuracies or incomplete information:  info [at] The content of this site can be amended, changed or supplemented at any time without notification or announcement.

SOMO does not provide any guarantee of the proper operation of the website (including links) and cannot be held liable in any way for any poor operation or temporary non-availability of the website, or for any form of loss, direct or indirect, which may ensue from access to or use of the website, including all losses, work interruptions, damage to programs or other data on the computer system, to equipment, software or other property of the user.

Code of conduct and complaints procedure

For the guidelines of SOMO which apply to the performance of research and the standards which serve as point of departure for the research carried out by and commissioned by SOMO, we refer to the SOMO Code of Conduct on our website. Complaints relating to the work of SOMO can be submitted in accordance with the procedure described in the code of conduct, by filling in the form.

Funding source

This website is made possible with financial assistance from The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The content of this website is the sole responsibility of SOMO and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.