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Netherlands: Dutch Government not obliged to repatriate families of IS members, court rules

1 22.11.2019 Инфо

W/S People exiting the Palace of Justice, The Hague
SOT, Andre Seebregts, Lawyer: "The decision was that the Dutch Government does not have to pick up these children and these women from Syria right now. What the judges say is that it is a political decision and it is not up to the judges to decide whether they should do this or not. The judges said that they can only step into this case if what the Government does is completely not understandable. So if it is more or less understandable what they are doing, then the judges cannot take a decision in this case and it is up to the politicians to decide whether they want to pick up these children and women or not, so they cannot be forced to pick them up."
W/S People outside the Palace of Justice
SOT, Andre Seebregts, Lawyer: "We were hoping we would have a better decision. There have been decisions which were a lot better for the women and children in the camps, in Belgium, in Germany. The first decision we had from the lower court was good for us and now in the appeal we have lost, so we were expecting that we would have also win this appeal."
M/S Sign: "The Palace of Justice in The Hague"
SOT, Andre Seebregts, Lawyer: "We can go one more step to the Supreme Court, that is a court which is higher than this one, but it would go very slow from here. These proceedings untill now have been very fast, it will now take months at least before we get to the Supreme Court, and we have a very urgent situation. These children and women, but especially the children, are in danger of losing their lifes any day now."
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SOT, Andre Seebregts, Lawyer: "Winter is coming, many children have died in the Winter the last couple of years, more will die in these camps."
W/S Palace of Justice, The Hague
W/S People get into the Palace of Justice
SOT, Omar, cousin of one of the women: "Shadia is my cousin, she is there in very bad conditions, her health is very bad, she was very sick before she travelled to Syria. She travelled twice, not only once, and the first time she came back we took her Passport off, but it was not a problem to apply for a new passport."
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SOT, Omar, cousin of one of the women: "She has a mental issue and at this moment now she is in the camp Al Hol, north of Syria, she doesn't eat, she doesn't drink, she is very bad and her feet are amputated."
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SCRIPT
The Dutch Government won its appeal against an earlier judgement ruling that The Netherlands is obliged to repatriate 23 Dutch wives of IS (Islamic State; formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants detained in camps in Syria, along with their 55 children to the Netherlands. The hearing took place in a court in the Hague on Friday.
"The decision was that the Dutch Government does not have to pick up these children and these women from Syria right now. What the judges say is that it is a political decision and it is not up to the judges to decide whether they should do this or not," said Andre Seebregts, the lawyer of the Dutch women.
He added that they “were hoping we would have a better decision. There have been decisions which were a lot better for the women and children in the camps, in Belgium, in Germany. The first decision we had from the lower court was good for us and now in the appeal we have lost, so we were expecting that we would have also win this appeal."
According to Seebregts the case could be taken to the Supreme Court, but said the process may take a long time while the families are in a very difficult condition and their needs very imminent. "Winter is coming, many children have died in the Winter the last couple of years, more will die in these camps." Seebregts said.