Ministry of Security and Justice

Asylum seekers
Dec 2 '16 08:06

Staff memebers working at asylum shelters feel unsafe due to the "antisocial and criminal behavior" of hopeless asylum seekers from North African countries. The situation has become untenable", the works council wrote in a letter to the management of the COA, AD reprots.

The COA is the central agency for the reception of asylum seekers in the Netherlands. AD has a copy of the letter sent to the management in its possession.

Police Reports
Dec 1 '16 09:28

Dutch parliament wants Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice to find ways to protect police officers better against people filming them during the course of their duties and then posting the videos online. Officers and their families are often harassed after the publication of such videos, PvdA parliamentarian Ahmed Marcouch said to NU.nl and the Telegraaf.

Dec 1 '16 08:45

The Sinterklaas celebration with Zwarte Piet in his current blackface form can inadvertently contribute to stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice wrote in a letter to parliament. The government therefore supports the tradition being adapted, NU.nl reports.

"It is difficult, for example in the U.S., to explain the tradition of Zwarte Piet in his current form", the Minister wrote, but he added that the Dutch who "always celebrate the kids party with great joy" are not directly racist.

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Nov 29 '16 15:30

The Netherlands is escalating the fight against human trafficking, pimps and exploitation of especially underage victims with more money and more manpower dedicated to this cause, the Ministry of Security and Justice announced, RTL Nieuws reports.

jail
Nov 29 '16 08:59

An inmate committed suicide in the prison in Nieuwegein on Monday, the Ministry of Security and Justice confirmed. The Ministry is investigating how the prisoner managed to take his own life, RTV Utrecht reports.

So far no information was released regarding the prisoner's identity or how he committed suicide.

In the autumn of 2014 another prisoner committed suicide in the penitentiary institution, and in the summer 2013 one was stabbed to death.

asylum seekers
Nov 28 '16 14:45

The central agency for the reception of asylum seekers COA is cutting 1,300 of its total 4 thousand jobs, the Ministry of Security and Justice announced on Monday. This mostly affects people who are working for the COA on a temporary contracts, NU.nl reports

The COA needs to cut jobs due to the decrease in the number of asylum seekers in the Netherlands. Over the past years the number of COA employees were increased to deal with an influx, but that is no longer necessary. The people who have to leave were already informed.

Nov 22 '16 13:55

Amsterdam regrets that no agreement was reached between the government and municipalities regarding the shelter of failed asylum seekers, but the city does not see this as a reason to stop offering them shelter, a spokesperson for mayor Eberhard van der Laan said to Het Parool.

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Nov 21 '16 12:15

Discussions between the government and municipalities on shelter and provisions for failed asylum seekers and other undocumented migrants failed. No agreement could be reached, State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice announced on Monday, NU.nl reports.

Cannabis plants
Nov 21 '16 11:20

It seems that ruling party VVD will support regulating cannabis cultivation in the Netherlands after all. During a VVD conference in Noordwijkerhout a vast majority of party members forced the party leaders to change their positition on this issue by voting in a proposal for "smarter regulatioin" brought by party members in Zuid-Nederland, Trouw reports.

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Nov 18 '16 10:34

Anyone who wants to travel to a terrorist-control area from the Netherlands can only do so with the Ministry of Security and Justice's express permission. Those who travel to such an area without permission, could face 2 years in prison, according to a proposal Minister Ard van der Steur is preparing.

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Nov 16 '16 08:25

State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice decided to scrap the bonus offered to undocumented Moroccans and Algerians if they leave the Netherlands voluntarily, he announced on Tuesday, ANP reports.

Nov 15 '16 13:00

A third investigation was launched into the spending habits of the National Police's Central Works Council (CWC). This one focuses on one of the now resigned council's members, ANP reports.

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Nov 8 '16 13:25

Former police chief Gerard Bouman is stepping down as adviser to the National Police while the investigation into his role in the expense irregularities of the police's Central Works Council is ongoing. This decision was made in consultation with Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice, sources in The Hague confirmed to NU.nl after reports in the Telegraaf.

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Nov 8 '16 12:50

During the first half of this year the Koninklijke Marechaussee discovered a record number of undocumented migrants in the Netherlands. In total 1,120 undocumented migrants were found, 700 moe than in the same period last year, according to a report State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice released on Tuesday, ANP reports.

Nov 8 '16 07:24

The members of the police's Central Works Council (CWC) resigned on Monday night following an investigation that showed that they wasted considerable sums of money from the CWC budget, ANP reports.

The investigation revealed that a large part of the CWC's 1.6 million euro budget was spent on dinners ,parties, nights in hotels with champagne breakfast and hiring image coaches, among other things. 

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Nov 7 '16 08:42

While the deportion of failed asylum seekers is still a slow and often difficult process, the Netherlands is very successful in deporting immigrants after they committed a crime, according to figures from the Ministry of Security and Justice, AD reports.

In 2011 the Netherlands deported 72 percent of immigrants that committed a crime - 570 of the 795 persons. This year the government already deported 80 percent of the total - 870 of the 1,120 person.

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Nov 3 '16 08:32

The role former Security and Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten played in majore irregularities in the National Police Central Work Council's expenses should also be a subject of investigation, according to opposition parties SP, CDA, PVV, D66 and ChristenUnie, NOS reports.

The parties also want former Police Chief Gerard Bouman to be suspended immediately and want him to not play any roll with the police until the investigation against him is done. Bouman is currently an adviser for the police.

Ard van der Steur
Nov 2 '16 16:30

Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice is facing criticism over a party he held in the ambassador's residence in Paris earlier this year. The main problem is that he did not pay for the venue. Parliamentarians are wondering whether Ministers should be allowed to hold private functions ont taxpayers' money, AD reports.

Ard van der Steur
Nov 1 '16 08:21

Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice is expected to announce an independent investigation into former National Police Chief Gerard Bouman on Wednesday, NRC reports. The investigation will focus on whether Bouman played a roll in the irregularities in the police's Central Works Council's spending.

Insiya Hemani, kidnapped in Amsterdam and taken to India
Oct 28 '16 14:15

Ministers Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs and Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice are working on getting kidnapped toddler Insiya Hemani back home. They are working through the embassy in India to try and get the 2-year-old girl back to the Netherlands, NOS reports.

"The most important thing isthat we manage to bring her back", Koenders said to the broadcaster. "It is a terrible case in which excessive violence was used,  also in the Netherlands. Van der Steur called it a terrible tragedy. In the interest of the case, the minsters can't say more.

Lady Justice (Photo: Roland Zumbuehl/Wikimedia Commons)
Oct 28 '16 11:40

From today there will be no more mediation between offenders and victims in Dutch criminal cases - The Ministry of Security and Justice's money for this part of the legal system is done and running trials have been stopped, Trouw reports. No money is allocated for mediation in 2017.

Oct 27 '16 07:42

The Russian Public Prosecutor delivered a package of information relating to the downing of flight MH17 to the Dutch embassy in Moscow, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice said during a on the Malaysia Airlines plane, NU.nl reports.

Oct 26 '16 09:44

NS, public transporters, unions and government parties teamed up to set up an actioin plan aimed at reducing violent incidents on public transport. The intention is to reduce the number of incidents by 20 percent by 2018, according to the Telegraaf.

The plan includes improving the share of information about perpetrators, extra surveillance and extra security staff with additional powers, according to the newspaper.

Oct 25 '16 10:07

A total of 840 people tried to illegally cross from the Netherlands over to Britain between January and September this year, according to figures the Ministry of Security and Justice released on Tuesday. That number is already much higher than in all of 2015, when a total of around 500 stowaways were caught, ANP reports. 

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