FIFA summoned to court for human and labour rights violations connected to the World Cup 2022 in Qatar

FIFA summoned to court for human and labour rights violations connected to the World Cup 2022 in Qatar

On 8 December 2016, FIFA was summoned to appear in the commercial court in Zürich, in Switzerland. In addition to the Netherlands Trade Union Confederation (FNV) and former migrant worker Nadim Alam, two Bangladeshi Unions have joined the case as plaintiffs: Bangladesh Free Trade Union Congress (BFTUC) and Bangladesh Building and Wood Workers Federation (BBWWF). The Swiss court is asked to ru... Read more and discuss

Executions by State during ending of train hijacking at 'De Punt' in 1977

Executions by State during ending of train hijacking at 'De Punt' in 1977

On 4 November 2016, the court hearing was held at the District Court of The Hague against the State of the Netherlands regarding the ‘Moluccan train hostage crisis’ that took place near De Punt in the Dutch province Drenthe in the summer of 1977. The train siege was ended by force on 11 June 1977 by a large-scale military operation under the code name ‘Mercedes’. Within the... Read more and discuss

Netherlands liable for rape of woman in Dutch East-Indies; State must allow investigation in Dutch National Archives

Netherlands liable for rape of woman in Dutch East-Indies; State must allow investigation in Dutch National Archives foto ©Al Jazeera

On 27 January 2016, the District Court in the Hague held that a then 18-year old Indonesian woman who was gang-raped by five Dutch soldiers during the purging of the Javanese village Peniwen on 19 February 1949 is entitled to €7,500 in immaterial damages. Just like in the cases concerning the summary executions, the District Court has rejected the State’s argument that the claim in the ... Read more and discuss

Train hijacking De Punt: Next-of-kin hold Dutch State liable for the execution of their relatives

Train hijacking De Punt: Next-of-kin hold Dutch State liable for the execution of their relatives

Today, lawyers Liesbeth Zegveld and Brechtje Vossenberg summoned the Dutch State before the District Court of The Hague on behalf of the relatives of two hijackers who were shot dead when the hijacking of a train near the town De Punt (Drenthe) was ended by force on 11 June 1977. Zegveld and Vossenberg claim that there is sufficient proof that Max Papilaja and Hansina Uktolseja were unnecessarily ... Read more and discuss

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