The United Nations's special rapporteur on human rights has condemned the refugee bed and board deal agreed by the Dutch coalition government, saying it is an infringement of basic human rights.

Philip Alston, a human rights lawyer who has worked for the UN for 20 years, told Radio 1 news the agreement will damage the reputation of the Netherlands abroad.

'If the Netherlands is going to turn itself into an island in the middle of Europe which rejects its human rights obligations it is better to come out and say it,' Alston said.

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