Dutch news in brief, 28 June 2005

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One in six suffer bullying, A new study claims that one in six pupils, aged between nine and 11, suffer regular harassment at school. One in 20 pupils admit to being bullies, according to the research by Minne Fekkes of the Dutch TNO centre. Fekkes suggested that schools that take action against bullying can succeed by keeping a sharp lookout for harassment in the playground and by making contracts about behaviour among the pupils. Fekkes took a doctorate's degrees at the University of Leiden for his study

One in six suffer bullying

A new study claims that one in six pupils, aged between nine and 11, suffer regular harassment at school. One in 20 pupils admit to being bullies, according to the research by Minne Fekkes of the Dutch TNO centre. Fekkes suggested that schools that take action against bullying can succeed by keeping a sharp lookout for harassment in the playground and by making contracts about behaviour among the pupils. Fekkes took a doctorate's degrees at the University of Leiden for his study on Tuesday.

Verdonk not welcome at slavery ceremony

The local council in the eastern district of Amsterdam has indicated that it would not be thrilled if Immigration and Integration Minister Rita Verdonk represents the government at a ceremony to mark the abolition of slavery. The Surinamese community has already indicated that Verdonk would not be welcome at the event in the Oosterpark on Friday. District council chairman Martin Verbeet said on Tuesday the government should send someone else "given that in the eyes of many people the minister is jointly responsible by her policies and her statements for the fact a considerable portion of our Amsterdam youth say they are turning from our society and are seeking out their own group more".

Terror suspect released from custody

A  47-year-old Amsterdam man who was arrested in July on suspicion of membership of alleged terrorist group Hofstadgroep has been released from custody. The man remains a suspect, a spokesperson for the public prosecutor (OM) said. It is was originally suspected that a palm print found on a letter outlining a plan to assassinate MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali matched his palm. This proved not to be the case.

Ranks of non-smokers increase

The percentage of non-smokers in the Dutch population rose to 72.1 percent in 2004, up 2 percent on the year earlier, according to a new report of anti-smoking group STIVORO. Not smoking also appears to be winning support among young people as the percentage of non-smokers among 10-19 year olds continued its upward trend from 76 percent to 77 percent in 12 months.

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