Trial management meeting in court cases re: post-colonial violence in former Dutch East-Indies

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Amsterdam, 29 May 2017 – Today a trial management meeting will take place at the district court of The Hague in the court cases concerning the post-colonial violence committed by the State of the Netherlands in the former Dutch East-Indies.

Among other things, the court would like to discuss the practical aspects of the pending witness hearings in the case of Mr. Yaseman; Yaseman was tortured by Dutch soldiers in 1947 whilst in captivity. Aside from this, the court also wants to discuss the handling of the dozens of cases initiated by widows and children of summarily executed men; some of those have been ongoing since 2013.

Since 2013, in principle, widows can claim damages on the basis of a Civil Settlement Scheme; the children of summarily executed men however must take their cases to court. Plaintiffs’ lawyers, Liesbeth Zegveld and Brechtje Vossenberg, would like to see that the State also provides an out-of-court avenue for this group of surviving relatives. At the moment, the lawyers are representing dozens of widows and more than 500 children. The Dutch newspaper NRC published two articles on the topic yesterday (in Dutch).

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