Ministry of Security and Justice

Jun 23 '17 16:10

Threatened journalists should be offered more protection by the police, judiciary and their employers, according to a study done on behalf of journalists union NVJ. This relatively unprotected group performs an important social task and deserves the same protection as other people working for the public interest, like police officers and firefighters, the researchers conclude, Trouw reports.

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Jun 21 '17 15:50

Photos are circulating on the internet of young people posing with drugs and jihad flags at the Nijmegen juvenile detention center De Hunnerberg. The Ministry of Security and Justice confirmed that the photos were taken in the institution, but added that they were taken in 2014, before the asylum crisis, Omroep Gelderland reports.

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Jun 21 '17 11:46

Dutch companies, government institutions and citizens are not responding fast enough against growing digital threats, according to National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security Dick Schoof. At home and at work Dutch people often opt for the fastest solution, instead of the most secure one. Which means that the gap between threats and security measures is getting larger instead of smaller, Schoof said in the Netherlands Cyber Security Image 2017, ANP reports.

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Jun 13 '17 08:23

The Dutch country side is a "playground for criminals", where the police show up late, if they show up at all, 12 commissioners of the King wrote in a scathing report about the priorities of the National Police, AD reports.

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Jun 9 '17 09:34

A parent or grandparent traveling with a minor child through Schiphol Airport this summer, should take extra time for an additional security check into account. The Koninklijke Marechaussee implemented an additional check in the fight against child abduction, ANP reports.

If you are a family member traveling alone with an underage child, you need the permission from both parents to do so. In this additional check, the Koninklijke Marechaussee will check whether this permission is in place for each child not traveling with both parents. This check could take some time. 

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Jun 8 '17 14:30

Relatives of MH17 victims will be allowed to view Schiphol security camera footage of their loved ones checking in for the Malaysia Airlines flight - the last footage recorded of the victims, the Ministry of Security and Justice decided. When and how this viewing will happen is still being considered, AD reports. 

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Jun 2 '17 11:35

The Ministry of Security and Justice wants an explanation from India on why the country will not extradite Shehzad Hemani, who kidnapped his 3-year-old daughter from Amsterdam last year. The Ministry will shortly send a letter to the Indian authorities, demanding an explanation, the Public Prosecutor said in a preparatory hearing in the court of Amsterdam on Friday, AD reports.

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Jun 1 '17 15:20

Due to an error at the immigration and naturalization service IND, between 2 thousand and 3 thousand immigrants were mistakenly exempted from taking the integration exam, State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff said in a letter to the Tweede Kamer on Thursday. Their residency permits were also upgraded from valid for a limited time, to valid for an unlimited time.

The mistake has to do with new rules that were implemented for exemption from the exam as of January 1st, 2015. The stricter rules were not applied to everyone who asked for exemption. 

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May 19 '17 12:45

The fundamental rights of Volkert van der Graaf, convicted murderer of politician Pim Fortuyn, were violated when personal information about him leaked to the public just before his release in 2014, the National Ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen concluded in a complaint filed by Van der Graaf, the Volkskrant reports.

According to the newspaper, an anonymized version of the report can be found on the Ombudsman's website. "The applicant was imprisoned for a criminal offense which received a lot of media attention" the Ombudsman's report states. 

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May 19 '17 10:19

While State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Rutte II cabinet, Fred Teeven (VVD) implemented budget cuts on legal aid after he realized that the PvdA would not make criminal stricter and implement minimum punishments, weekly newspaper De Groene Amsterdammer reports. "It's another way to achieve the same effect", the newspaper quotes him. Lawyers in the Netherlands are furious.

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May 18 '17 12:20

A majority of community officers in the Netherlands believe that organized crime can continue virtually unchecked in the cities, according to a study by two Police Academy scientists on behalf of the National Police. According to the community officers, there are too few detectives and this hampers the work of uniformed officers, the Volkskrant reports.

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May 18 '17 11:45

The approach to fighting contraband in Dutch prisons is not effective enough, according to a report by the Inspectorate for Security and Justice. Prison staff don't have enough time and find it increasingly difficult to keep contraband like drugs and cellphones outside prison walls, the Inspectorate concludes, ANP reports.

The Inspectorate investigated seven prisons. The researchers concluded that prison staff are actively involved in counteracting contraband smuggling and there is no suggestion of a free trafficking market. But improvements are necessary. 

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May 15 '17 10:59

A Polish driver convicted of killing a toddler and her grandparents in a hit-and-run accident in Meije, Limburg four years ago, was given early release so he could return to Poland to be there when his girlfriend gives birth. PVV, SP, CDA and VVD parliamentarians are outraged by the man's release. They call for the system for early release to be changed, NOS reports. 

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May 11 '17 08:02

Much is wrong with the working culture in the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) in The Hague, according to a report by investigative agencies Andersson Elffers Felix and INK. Staff members often feel unsafe and there is a lot of suspicion, gossiping and squabbling, they conclude after investigating the institute at the NFI's request, ANP reports. 

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May 10 '17 16:55

Little will change around illegal cannabis cultivation, even if the government changes the current tolerance policy, according to officials from the Ministries of Public Health and Security and Justice. The Dutch government is considering three scenarios: regulating both cannabis sales and cultivation, extending the tolerance policy to include growers, or a total ban on both growing and selling weed, NU.nl reports.

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Apr 24 '17 13:55

The Netherlands should immediately stop deporting asylum seeker families with young children to Afghanistan, according to UNICEF and Defense for Children in their annual report. According to the organizations, Afghanistan is becoming more dangerous by the day and the Netherlands is taking unacceptable risks by sending children back there, AD reports.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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