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Netherlands: Few Terror Suspects Actually Convicted

(June 16, 2009) According to figures from the public prosecutors' department in the Netherlands, very few of the suspects arrested in that country for alleged acts of terrorism since September 11, 2001, have been convicted of the crime. This contrasts with the figures for the 260,000 ordinary criminal cases tried in the country each year, […]

Netherlands: Few Terror Suspects Actually Convicted

(June 16, 2009) According to figures from the public prosecutors department in the Netherlands, less than 25 percent of the suspects arrested in that country for alleged acts of terrorism since September 11, 2001, have been convicted of the crime. This contrasts with the figures for the 260,000 ordinary criminal cases tried in the country […]

Netherlands: Call for International Anti-Piracy Tribunal

(Apr. 30, 2009) In the wake of the Dutch naval frigate De Zeven Provincien's quick release of nine Somali pirates on April 22, 2009 (following the prior example of Denmark, Germany, the United States, and Canada), two Dutch legal experts have called for the multilateral establishment of an international ad-hoc anti-piracy tribunal. The current system, […]

Netherlands: New Stimulus Package

(Apr. 17, 2009) Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende of the Netherlands outlined his government's plan to “invest heavily in the Netherlands' future” in a statement made to the Dutch House of Representatives on March 25, 2009. (Press Release, Government of the Netherlands, Balkenende Presents Measures to Tackle Crisis (Mar. 26, 2009), available at http://www.government.nl/News/Press_releases_and_news_items/2009/March/Balkenende_presents_measures_to_tackle_crisis.) The […]

Netherlands: Parenting Plans Required in Cases of Divorce

(Mar. 18, 2009) Under the Promotion of Continued Parenting and Proper Divorce Act (Wet bevordering voortgezet ouderschap en zorgvuldige scheiding), which took effect in the Netherlands on March 1, 2009, parents must record agreements about their children in a “parenting plan,” in cases of divorce, termination of a registered partnership, legal separation, and also where […]

Netherlands: Prison After-Care Criticized

(Feb. 4, 2009) According to a report "Transition to After-Care," published by the Sanction Application Inspectorate of the Netherlands on January 26, 2009, after-care for persons released from prison varies across the country, lacks consistency in standards, and needs to be more effectively organized by the Correctional Institutions Agency. A press release on the report, […]

Netherlands: Limits on Community Service Orders

(Dec. 15, 2008) A new bill that would disallow courts from imposing community service orders alone as a sanction against serious sexual and violent offenders has been proposed by Dutch Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin, according to a press release issued on December 2, 2008, by the Ministry of Justice. However, the bill would not […]

Netherlands: Severance Pay Ceiling Proposed

(Dec. 9, 2008) The Ministry of Justice of the Netherlands announced in a press release on November 26, 2008, that the Dutch Cabinet had endorsed a legislative proposal to place a ceiling of one year's salary as the severance pay for employees whose annual salary is €75,000 (about US$95,000) or more. The ceiling, which would […]

Netherlands: Terrorist Cases of PKK, Hofstad Group Adjudicated

(Oct. 15, 2008) On October 8, 2008, the Den Bosch district court in The Netherlands dismissed charges of terrorism against 16 alleged members of the PKK (Partiya Karkerên Kurdistan, the Kurdistan Workers' Party), a militant Kurdish separatist movement that has fought for two decades for a separate state that would include part of southeastern Turkey. […]

Netherlands: Iranian Students Challenge Study Ban

(Sept. 5, 2008) Since July 2008, the government of the Netherlands has forbidden Iranians from taking courses related to nuclear technology in Dutch schools. Under the policy, even Dutch citizens of Iranian descent who do not hold Iranian passports are not permitted to participate in nine different degree programs. A group of Iranian students and […]