The Dutch government's approach to helping citizens with their debts is definitely lacking, National Ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen writes in a critical report. Those who ask the government for help with their debt, are faced by obstacle after obstacle
Margrite Kalverboer was sworn in as the new Children's Ombudsman in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, on Wednesday. She is succeeding Marc Dullaert, whose term ended on April 1st.
Margrite Kalverboer was voted the new Children's Ombudsman by the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, on Tuesday. She got 78 of the 143 votes
The Tax Authorities must ensure that no citizen miss any messages, including those who can not or do not want to communicate digitally, according to the National Ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen in a report presented to the Ministry of Finance on Tuesday
The Dutch government rushed the transition from the Tax office's blue envelope to email and thereby overwhelmed the public, according to National Ombudsman Reineir van Zutphen in a report on the matter
The National Ombudsman is investigating the mass arrest of Feyenoord fans surrounding a match between the club and Roda JC on February 21st. A total of 326 Feyenoord supporters were arrested while demonstrating at De Kuip against their club's management policy.
National Ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen asked Children's Ombudsman Marc Dullaert to secretly sign a resignation letter last year. He also withheld information regarding his reorganization plans from the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, the Volkskrant reports based on information from Dullaert himself as well as other sources.
Football lawyer Frank van Ardenne is advising the 326 Feyenoord supporters arrested before the match against Roda JC in Rotterdam on Sunday, not to pay the fines imposed on them. "He who pays the fine pleads guilty and gets a criminal record", the lawyer said
A total of 40,557 people signed a petition to keep Marc Dullaert in his post as Children's Ombudsman over the past few weeks. The signatures were handed over to the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, on Wednesday
Criticism from the National Ombudsman and Board for the Protection of Human Rights on the conditions in large asylum centers such as the Heumensoord camp in Nijmegen, has many calling for smaller-scale shelters. But according to Marlou Schrover, professor of migration history at Leiden University, small asylum centers come with their own set of problems and are not a realistic option.
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
In the future asylum seekers should not be sheltered in a large tent camp such as the Heumensoord camp in Nijmegen, according to the Board for the protection of Human Rights and the National Ombudsman. The massive tent camp with nearly 3 thousand residents has too little privacy, meaningful activities and living expenses, which is harmful to the asylum seekers health and safety, the two institutions concluded in a report following a visit to the camp
Departing Children's Ombudsman Mark Dullaert wants to stay in his position until his successor has been found, he said in an interview with broadcaster NOS. An online petition to keep him as Children's Ombudsman for another term already has 28,495 signatures.
Marc Dullaert will have to leave his position as Children's Ombudsman when his term is up on April 1st. National Ombudsman Renier van Zutphen decided he will not nominate Dullaert for reappointment
There is room for improvement in the deportation of failed asylum seekers in the Netherlands, according to the National Ombudsman. He finds that in general much is being done to ensure that deportation happens carefully, but medical care and the sharing of personal information can definitely improve.
Kamer president Anouchka van Miltenburg did not discuss the allegations that parliamentarian Linda Voortman had leaked information about the appointment of the National Ombudsman with the Tweede Kamer management before she charged her.
The GroenLinks Member of Parliament Linda Voortman from Utrecht has been exonerated. According to the Public Prosecutor, she did not leak information on who was a candidate for the National Ombudsman position to the media.
The police in Dordrecht wrongly arrested two men in 2011 because they protested against Zwarte Piet at the arrival of Sinterklaas. The National Ombudsman declared their complaint against the police valid.
The Second Chamber is appointing a new committee to look for a National Ombudsman.
The resistance against the appointment of candidate Guido van Woerkom as Ombudsman in The Hague has heated up after a new racism claim. His appointment was set for today, but has stalled.
Dentists are going to file a complaint through the Association of Dutch Dentists (ANT) with the National ombudsman about the care authority. They find that the Netherlands Care Authority (NZa) is guilty of improper management, the NOS reports.
The number of complaints about bailiffs more than doubled in 2013, with an increase of 115 percent, according to acting national ombudsman, Frank van Dooren, in the annual report 2013.
The National Ombudsman is launching an inquiry into Government's dubious payment habits. Ombudsman Alex Brenninkmeijer said on his website that while it is a legal requirement that invoices are paid within 30 days, Government is among the debtors who often don't pay in time, according to a report by the association of Credit Management Companies.
The political climate in the Netherlands is racistic. The government should take responsibility and start a nationwide anti-discriminating campaign. This was stated by the National Ombudsman, Alex Brenninkmeijer, on Sunday in the Program Buitenhof.
It was his response to the report of the Council of Europe which says that the Netherlands have to do something about the increasing racism. The report says also that there should be a national strategy against discrimination by race.