Dutch news in brief, 14 March 2005

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Family guardians plan protest

Family guardians plan protest

The union for youth protection officers BMJ is planning a demonstration in The Hague in several weeks time in protest against the criminal investigation of a family guardian after the death of three-year-old toddler Savanna. BMJ claims that family guardians have lacked sufficient funding in recent years to carry out their work adequately. Savanna was found dead in September 2004, allegedly at the hands of her mother. But the guardian assigned to the problem family has now been suspended from duties, along with her manager at the North Holland Youth Care bureau. The guardian is also being investigated by the public prosecutor and might be charged with culpable homicide. MPs are now demanding improvements be made to youth care and an expansion in family guardian numbers.

Margarita committed to divorce

The lawyer for Princess Margarita has denied that she has decided against divorcing estranged husband Edwin de Roy van Zuydewijn. The denial comes after De Roy van Zuydewijn claimed Margarita had withdrawn her request for divorce from Amsterdam Court and his lawyer said the princess is apparently still in love with him. But Margarita's lawyer said the divorce case has only been postponed and will proceed in several months time. The royal couple caused uproar in 2003 after accusing the royal family of spying and lodging a damages claim. A recent "parental access" battle waged by De Roy van Zuydewijn over their dog Paco was fought and won in court by Margarita.
'Lightning divorces' on the way out

The Cabinet intends to abolish so-called "lightning divorces". Currently, married couples can transform their union into a registered partnership, which can then be easily dissolved without the intervention of a judge. But such divorces are not recognised internationally and if someone marries again in another country, they will be committing polygamy. MPs had previously indicated their willingness to maintain the right to a lightning divorce, but Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner said on Friday the cabinet had decided to do away with the practice.

Police 'spying' on sex workers

Street prostitutes in Groningen have complained that they are being unnecessarily watched by police. The foundation De Straatmadelief claims that on several occasions, dozens of police cars conducted patrols within 90 minutes at the "finishing" area of the street sex zone. "Instead of focused inspections, they are coming and watching like monkeys," a foundation spokeswoman said. "If it is quiet in the city centre, dozens of cars come [to the street sex zone]. But if the police are really needed, you don't see anyone." The foundation has lodged a complaint with Groningen Mayor Jacques Wallage.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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