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Dutch court clears man who assisted in dying mother's suicide
May 14, 2015
A Dutch court on Wednesday cleared a man of all criminal charges for assisting his 99-year-old mother to commit suicide. An important goal of the case was to set further precedents for assisted suicide in the Netherlands, a country where the act is already legal in certain situations. In 2008 Alber....... [more]

Dutch court decides not to prosecute Srebrenica commander
April 29, 2015
A Dutch appellate court ruled Wednesday that Gen. Thom Karremans, who ordered Bosnian Muslims away from a UN peacekeeping compound during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, will not be prosecuted. Karremans, along with two other soldiers, faced charges for forcing three Bosnian Muslim men to leave the U....... [more]

Turkish court acquits Dutch journalist of terrorist propaganda charge
April 13, 2015
A Turkish court in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir on Monday acquitted a Dutch journalist accused of producing propaganda materials on behalf of a Kurdish rebel group. Freelance journalist Frederike Geerdink was charged with disseminating "terrorist propaganda" after she made a series of social....... [more]

Dutch court strikes down data retention law
March 12, 2015
The District Court of The Hague on Wednesday struck down a Dutch data retention law, holding that it violates privacy rights of EU citizens. The law, enacted in 2009, allowed the Dutch government to retain telephone and Internet data of citizens for up to 12 months for the alleged purpose of fighti....... [more]

Dutch court urged to strike down national data-retention law
February 18, 2015
Privacy advocates in the Netherlands on Wednesday urged the District Court of The Hague to issue a preliminary injunction and declare unconstitutional the nation's data-retention law. The law, enacted in 2009, allows the Dutch government to retain telephone and Internet data of citizens for up to 1....... [more]

Spain court sentences Somali pirates to 16 years
February 5, 2015
The Spanish National Court on Wednesday sentenced six Somali pirates to 16 years in prison for an October 2012 attack on the Spanish boat Izurdia. While attempting to attack the tuna boat off the coast of Somalia, the men were repelled by a private security force and eventually captured by the Royal....... [more]

UN rights experts welcome Netherlands move to aid homeless migrants
January 28, 2015
A group of UN human rights experts on Wednesday welcomed a decision by the government of the Netherlands to offer aid to municipalities that provide emergency shelter to homeless migrants. The UN experts described the decision as a welcome change from the Netherlands' refusal to support those who ai....... [more]

Dutch judge approves Russian hacking suspect's extradition to US
January 27, 2015
A judge for the District Court of The Hague on Tuesday approved the extradition to the US of a Russian citizen suspected of involvement in a multimillion dollar computer hack. Vladimir Drinkman will be sent to New Jersey, where three other Russians and a Ukrainian citizen are charged in a data breac....... [more]

Execution of drug traffickers in Indonesia sparks international condemnation
January 19, 2015
Brazil and the Netherlands on Sunday recalled their ambassadors from Indonesia after an Indonesian firing sqaud executed six convicted drug traffickers, sparking international condemnation from human rights groups and foreign leaders. The executions took place in Jakarta, Indonesia and are the resul....... [more]

Six drug smugglers executed in Indonesia
January 18, 2015
The Indonesian government on Saturday executed six people convicted of drug trafficking. Ignoring last minute diplomatic pleas by foreign leaders, the six drug smugglers, including five foreigners, were executed by firing squad shortly after midnight. The foreign convicts were from Nigeria, Malawi....... [more]

Royal Dutch Shell agrees to $84 million settlement for 2008 Niger Delta oil spills
January 7, 2015
Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) on Wednesday reached a settlement in a lawsuit concerning the Niger Delta oil spills of 2008. The settlement, totaling USD $84 million, will be divided between 15,600 individuals who will receive $3,300 each as compensation for losses caused by the spills. The remaining $30....... [more]


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