Law enforcement does not always act correctly. For example they may be careless with your information, or take much too long to deal with your case. Sometimes they breach the law themselves, for example if the police uses excessive force against you. It can also happen that public authorities (such as the police, but also the General Intelligence and Security Service (Algemene Inlichtingen- en Veiligheidsdienst, or ‘AIVD’)) may exceed its powers and thereby breach citizens’ fundamental rights.

It is possible to submit a complaint about this. In certain cases it is also possible to hold the authorities concerned liable in a civil case. In exceptional circumstances it is possible to file a criminal complaint against the officials concerned.

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Prakken d'Oliveira, formerly known as Böhler, is a law firm with expertise and experience in asylum and immigration law, European law, administrative law, international criminal law and human rights. Our lawyers provide advice and conduct procedures before the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND), the Dutch Review Committee on the Intelligence and Security Services (CTIVD), the District- and Appeals courts, the Administrative Law Division of the Dutch Council of State, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ), the Human Rights Treaty Bodies of the United Nations (UN), the International Criminal Court (ICC), and other international tribunals.