The Ministry of Security and Justice plans to close at least eight prisons and three juvenile detention centers in the next six years. Union FNV calls the 1,900 lost jobs accompanying this decision "unacceptable". "Last year State Secretary Fred Teeven that no new closures will follow. Van der Steur is breaking that promise with these announcements", union manager Frans Carbo said
Police officers may continue using chokeholds during arrests, the Inspectorate for Security and Justice determined in their investigation into the controversial move
Rejected Ukrainian asylum seekers will no longer receive any money or other support for returning to their own country, State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice and Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Development Cooperation decided. According to them, the money was used improperly
While current Justice Minister Ard van der Steur was a lecturer at the University of Leiden, he hazed students by making them perform chores at his home in Warmond
A number of Dutch ministers expressed their disgust at the behavior of a group of PSV fans in Madrid, Spain. Prime Minister Mark Rutte did so in person to his Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy in Brussels, where the two are attending a EU summit on an asylum agreement with Turkey.
Schiphol CEO Jos Nijhuis is concerned about potentially hour-long queues at passport and security checks in the airport during the peak travel season, which starts end April
Due to a shortage of police personnel, drug traffickers have free reign along the Zeeland coast, according to Jaap Gelok, chairman of the port triangle in Zeeland and Mayor of Borsele.
The asylum agreement between Turkey and the European Union must halve the number of asylum seekers coming to the Netherlands. If that does not happen, other alternatives will be looked at, State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff said to the lower house of Dutch parliament on Wednesday
A group of activists from the Anarchist Anti-Deportation Group Utrecht blocked the main entrance to the Ministry of Security and Justice in The Hague on Thursday morning. This is in protest to the construction of what the group calls a "family prison" for failed asylum seekers awaiting deportation
The Dutch government is rejecting the film industry's massive 1.2 billion euro claim for damages suffered due to piracy. The Netherlands is not responsible for these damages, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice stated
A clearly angry Prime Minister Mark Rutte called it "punching below the belt" when parliamentarians Louis Bontes and Pieter Omtzigt accused him and the government of covering up facts about flight MH17 during a parliamentary debate on the disaster on Tuesday
Fewer Dutch people became the victims of crime in 2015. Last year 17.6 percent of the Netherlands' population was a victim of crime, compared to 18.9 percent in 2014. The crime rate was the worst in Amsterdam and the best in Emmen, according to the Safety Monitor 2015.
Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice wants to modernize the law to make it illegal to chat to kids about sex online or via apps like WhatsApp, he wrote to the Tweede Kamer on Monday. He wants to make tougher action against possible child sex offenders possible
A majority in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch Parliaments, supports the idea of separate shelter for threatened LGBT asylum seekers, parliamentarians from ruling parties PvdA and VVD said in Nieuwsuur on Monday night.
At least 20 Syrian asylum seekers in the Netherlands are suspected of war crimes in their home country. Despite this, they can not be deported, State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice wrote in a letter to the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, on Monday
Government agencies in the Netherlands are working on the expectation that nearly 100 thousand new asylum seekers will arrive in the country this year, despite Prime Minister Mark Rutte's insistence that at most 58 thousand asylum seekers are expected in 2016, NRC reports based on their own research.
The Ministry of Security and Justice acknowledges that emergency shelters are not ideal, especially for child asylum seekers. But the central organization for the reception of asylum seekers COA is constantly working on improvements, a spokesperson for the Ministry said
A total of 200 people were arrested on suspicion of human-trafficking related crimes since the controls on Dutch borders were tightened in September. More than 200 thousand people were checked between September and mid-January, Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert wrote to the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament
The police's new mobile speed traps are "rarely" inaccurate, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice writes in a letter to parliament in response to concerns from police officers and questions from the SP and Groep-Klein
State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice is very much against VNO NCW chairman Hans de Boer's idea of only accepting asylum seekers if they have a chance of getting a job. Asylum seekers should not be used as a "labor market instrument", he believes, but that does not mean that they can not earn their keep.
The associations for public defenders NVSA and NVJSA filed a lawsuit against the Dutch state over Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice and his rules for representing suspects during police interrogation. According to the public defenders, the compensation is way too low and the rules violate European regulations
Members of the police's anti-terror units are concerned that their bulletproof equipment is not good enough to stop gunfire from heavy automatic weapons
Hundreds of asylum seekers are expected to march from the Heumensoord asylum camp to the Nijmegen town hall on Monday to express their discontent about conditions in the tent camp
All police officers should know how to deal with domestic violence reports - whether he works on the streets or behind a desk - and be able to act quickly and call in extra expertise if necessary, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice said to the lower house of Dutch Parliament on Thursday