Senate has adopted laws from the Integral Approach Jihadism action programme

The Senate has adopted three laws today which result from the Integral Approach Jihadism action programme. This objective of this programme is to protect democracy based on the rule of law, to combat and weaken the jihadist movement in the Netherlands, and remove the breeding ground for radicalisation. The adoption of these laws means that an important part of the legislation from the action programme has been realised.

The first law regards a number of administrative measures which the government can impose on the basis of practices which can be related to terrorist activities or the support of these activities. For example, a requirement to report to the police, area ban or a contact ban. Under this law it is also possible to impose a ban from leaving the country on the basis of this law if there are justified reasons to assume that a person from the Schengen area wants to travel to join a terrorist organisation. All these measures can only be imposed when it is necessary to protect national security.

The second law arranges that passports and identity cards will expire automatically when a ban from leaving the country is imposed by the Minister of Security and Justice. The aim is to prevent persons from leaving the country to travel to jihad areas.

Finally, the Senate has adopted the law on account of which the Dutch citizenship of jihadists can be withdrawn who joined terrorist organisation abroad. After all, when these jihadists return to the Netherlands they may constitute an immediate threat to national security. In such a case a swift reaction is required to prevent these persons from legally returning to the Netherlands.

When the Dutch citizenship is withdrawn, jihadists will also be declared to be undesirable foreign nationals. Both these measures supplement the current options to tackle terrorism. The three laws will become effective as soon as possible.

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