Today, the Council of State ruled that the appeals filed by the Dutch immigration authorities (IND) and the Congolese witnesses at the International Criminal Court (ICC), are both unfounded. The decision by the district court of Amsterdam has been upheld, whilst the reasons underpinning that decision have been amended. This marks the end of the national asylum-procedure. The European Court of Human Rights will now be asked to assess whether a real risk of inhuman treatment in case of forced deportation to Congo can be excluded.

The Congolese witnesses are represented by lawyers Flip Schüller, Göran Sluiter and Marieke van Eik.

Read the press release here.


  • Decisions by the Council of State (1, 2, 3) (in Dutch)


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