Today, the district court of Amsterdam ruled that the Dutch asylum-procedure based on the Immigration Act 2000 is indeed available to three witnesses from the Democratic Republic of Congo (the ‘DRC’) who were called to testify before the International Criminal Court (the ‘ICC’).

Read the press release.


  • Decision by the district court of Amsterdam (28 December 2011) (in Dutch)
  • Decision by the ICC (9 June 2011)
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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.