Ministry of Security and Justice

Hundreds gather at the Gay Monument in Amsterdam to protest against "gay camps" in Chechnya, Russia, 19 Apr 2017
Apr 20 '17 08:30

The municipality of Amsterdam calls on the Dutch government to admonish Russia about camps in Chechnya in which homosexual men are being locked up, alderman Eric van der Burg said at a protest against these camps at the gay monument in the Dutch capital on Wednesday. Amsterdam also wants State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice to change the asylum policy for Chechen LGBT men, ANP reports.

Apr 13 '17 07:49

Over the past two years State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff gave 240 failed asylum seekers a residency permit and refugee status in the Netherlands after personally considering their cases, the Telegraaf reports based on figures it obtained.

Apr 12 '17 11:44

Mayor Eberhard van der Laan of Amsterdam wants medicinal marijuana to be more easily obtainable for people who need it, he wrote in a letter to the Dutch Senate and Ministers Stef Blok and Edith Schippers of Security and Justice and Public Health respectively, Het Parool reports. 

A combined task force arrest suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia
Apr 10 '17 14:40

During the first months of this year the Netherlands deported 23 Somali pirates, according to figures the Ministry of Security and Justice's Repatriation and Departure Service released on Monday, AD reports.

Asylum seekers
Apr 5 '17 15:10

The city of Groningen is putting down a new building to offer so-called 'bed, bath and bread' shelter for failed asylum seekers. Security and Justice State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff (VVD) wants to ban municipalities from housing failed asylum seekers and undocumented migrants, but talks on what to do about shelter for people who can not be deported stalled last year, NOS reports.

Amanda Todd
Apr 4 '17 13:55

The Netherlands can extradite to Canada to stand trial for his role in the death of Canadian teen Amanda Todd, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. The 15-year-old girl committed suicide in 2012 after being extorted for years by someone who convinced her to undress in front of a webcam for him. C. is the alleged perpetrator suspect in the case.

Police guard in a detention center
Mar 22 '17 10:50

Last year the Ministry of Security and Justice had to apologize to 43 victims of violent crimes or their relatives for being late in informing them about their attacker's release, escape or leave. That is a significant increase compared to 2015, when 19 apologies were made, RTL Nieuws reports. 

Mar 9 '17 08:42

Last year the Dutch immigration and naturalization service IND performed 170 investigations into asylum seekers suspected of committing war crimes. In 20 cases the investigation led to the refusal of refugee status and a residency permit, according to figures the Ministry of Security and Justice sent to parliament on Thursday, AD reports.

Some cases are currently being investigated by the Public Prosecutor's International Crimes Team. These suspects may end up being prosecuted in the Netherlands.

Young people wearing hoodies
Mar 6 '17 09:33

Criminal and problem causing groups of young people cost Dutch society hundreds of millions of euros per year, according to a study by bureau Cebeon. The study "Costly friendships" was commissioned by the Ministry of Security and Justice, AD reports. 

This is the first time the costs of criminal and problem causing youth gangs were calculated, according to the newspaper. The Netherlands counted almost 200 such groups in 2014. 

Geert Wilders surrounded by bodyguards, Spijkenesse Feb 2017
Mar 1 '17 08:32

An elite team of soldiers was deployed to help protect PVV leader Geert Wilders, the Telegraaf reported on Wednesday based on its own sources. According to the newspaper, members of the Defense team Special Security Missions Brigade (BSB) have been guarding the PVV leader for a few days already.

The Ministry of Security and Justice would not confirm these reports to the newspaper. The Koninklijke Marechaussee, a policing force that forms part of the Dutch military, would also not comment on the matter. The BSB falls under the Koninklijke Marechaussee.

Geert Wilders surrounded by bodyguards, Spijkenesse Feb 2017
Feb 24 '17 08:07

Faris K., the police officer in the Safety and Security Service, was previously also suspected of integrity violations, newspaper AD reports. Faris K. was investigated for leaking police information while he worked at the Utrecht police, colleagues of the suspected cop told the newspaper. The outcome of that investigation is unclear.

Geert Wilders rally in Purmerend
Feb 23 '17 08:32

There is no reason to believe that an information leak discovered in the Safety and Security Service of the police put any of the people under the Service's protection in danger, Minister Stef Blok of Security and Justice wrote to parliament on Wednesday. The government is taking the matter "very seriously", Prime Minister Mark Rutte said, ANP reports.

Feb 17 '17 12:00

The Amsterdam city council adopted a proposal made by the D66, PvdA and GroenLinks to limit the certificate of good behavior rule at some jobs in the city, including jobs at the Amsterdam municipality itself. This means that young people with a criminal record now have a better chance at finding work in the Dutch capital, Het Parool reports.

Feb 17 '17 08:22

There is no evidence that there are still human remains on the site where flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine in 2014, Minister Stef Blok of Security and Justice said on Thursday. His Ministry studies all photos and statements made by Dutch journalist Michel Spekkers, who b found at the crash site in January. The bone fragment belonged to one of the MH17 victims. 

Lady Justice
Feb 16 '17 10:54

Nearly a quarter of the Ministry of Security and Justice's employees are so unhappy that they want to resign, according to an internal satisfaction survey at the Ministry. A main complaint is a heavy workload caused by political turmoil surrounding the Ministry, ANP reports.

The survey was dome among 1,300 officials working at the Ministry. A Ministry spokesperson confirmed the figures to NU.nl on Thursday and called them "worrisome". 

Feb 16 '17 08:02

The Dutch Public Prosecutor wants to prosecute jihadists before their return to the Netherlands, while they are still in Syria and Iraq, national coordinating prosecutor Ferry van Veghel said in Nieuwsuur. "Given the high risk of people who come back from this area, we do not want to wait until they come back before opening criminal investigations. We want it all to start now and continue in their absence", he said.

Feb 14 '17 10:55

Gerard Bouman guaranteed eight police officers their jobs even if they were convicted of a crime, Minister Stef Blok of Security and Justice wrote to parliament on Monday.

Feb 14 '17 07:59

More needs to be done in the fight against human trafficking, National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence Against Children Corinne Dettmeijer wrote in a letter to parliament. Her concerns about human trafficking has only grown over the past months as the capacity to fight this heinous crime is reduced, RTL Nieuws reports.

Ambulance
Feb 3 '17 15:02

An employee at psychiatric institution De Kijvelanden in Portugaal is in critical condition after a patient attacked him on Friday, ANP reports.

The employee was rushed to a hospital with critical injuries, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Security and Justice confirmed to NU.nl. 

Eyewitnesses told ANP that the man attacked several employees. The Ministry could not confirm this. 

A SWAT team removed the man from the ward where the incident happened. It is unclear whether he was arrested. The police are investigating what happened. 

Arrest
Feb 2 '17 16:35

The WODC, the scientific research agency of the Ministry of Security and Justice, believes that biological factors should be taken into account when addressing young criminals. Researchers Liza Cornet and Katy de Kogel therefore mapped out how neuroscience can be used in the juvenile justice system, NU.nl reports

Adoption
Feb 1 '17 15:15

The Dutch government wants to improve the carefulness in adoption procedures, but contrary to previous advice, will not stop adoptions from abroad completely, State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice announced, AD reports.

Jan 27 '17 14:20

According to VVD Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, the only winner in the giant affair surrounding a deal then prosecutor Fred Teeven made with suspected drug trafficker Cees H. in 2001, is the drug dealer. "It's sad", she said to NOS. "Three Ministers already stepped down. Someone must be laughing loudly in his sleeve, and that is the criminal in question."

Jan 27 '17 10:45

Stef Blok will be Minister of Security and Justice until the elections on March 15th, the VVD confirmed on Friday morning Financieele Dagblad reports.

Ard van der Steur
Jan 27 '17 08:01

Almost all the leaders of political parties feel that Ard van der Steur's after accusations of him withholding information from MPs was inevitable. Most Dutch newspapers also seem to respect his decision to step down, but point out that there are still unanswered questions and that the VVD's position is more fragile than ever.

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