An asylum seeker living in the Netherlands was convicted of the rape and attempted murder of a 17-year-old girl in Kampen, a panel of judges in Zwolle, Overijssel ruled on Thursday. The Sudanese-born man, Samuel T., was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the attack in the early morning hours of September 4, 2016. During the trial, T., 33, said he would accept any punishment and was not planning an appeal.
Departing Foreign Affairs Minister Bert Koenders called on the European Union to pay better attention to which arms supplies they support. According to him, plenty of money is raised to combat famine in Yemen, but Britain and France for example still provide weapons to Saudi Arabia, which is playing an important role in the civil war raging in Yemen, he said to BNR.
"I think that is a very bad thing", Koenders said to BNR. "We have a European arms export policy. Then you should also look at human rights issues and international humanitarian law, at the stability in a region."
A group of failed asylum seekers known under the name We Are Here is squatting in another Amsterdam building. The group of about 30 failed asylum seekers tookup residence in an office building on Reigersbos in Zuidoost, the group announced on Facebook.
Before moving into this building, the people were living in buildings on Rijswijkstraat. They come from Ethiopia, Eritrea and Sudan, according to Het Parool. They've been put out on the street by the municipality of Amsterdam about 20 times, according to them.
The Dutch branch of the Red Cross has begun a national fundraising campaign to provide aide to 42 million people in multiple African nations, all suffering from food and water shortages. Affected countries include Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland and Zimbabwe, all succumbing to a lack of rain caused by the El Niño weather pattern.
United States regulators are investigating at least four controversial military equipment deliveries bankrupt Dutch firm Imtech made to Iraq
Sudan has ordered Yvonne Helle, a Dutch national and the country director for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Ali Al-Za'tari from Jordan, UN resident coordinator at the UNDP, to leave the country, the US edition of Reuters reports.
NATO Secretary General Anders Rasmussen has tapped Dutch diplomat Marriët Schuurman to be the next Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security. Schuurman's responsibilities will include the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 which governs the role of women during and after armed conflicts.
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The Dutch embassy in Sudan advised its compatriots to stay in as much as possible. The advice follows violent protests in the country against the abolition of subsidy on fuel.