The War Detectives!


Detectives are searching for war criminals from Syria, to prevent the Netherlands from offering them a safe haven. Who is a refugee and who is on the run from their own crimes?

How can you report a war criminal?

In a recent report by Amnesty International it states that: "It destroys the person. Torture, sickness and death in Syrian prisons." Such crimes are known as 'war crimes' or 'crimes against humanity'. Imagine that someone you know, or someone you meet, is under suspicion that he or she is guilty of war crimes. What can you do? You can of course choose to do nothing, but the majority of people believe it is a moral and lawful duty to report these war criminals.

You can do this by the police. But you do not have to go to the police to do this. You can also report the person by e-mail or via the police website about war crimes. And of course you can do this anonymously if you prefer.

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IND investigates war crimes

The Netherlands may not become a safe haven for people suspected of war crimes. That is why the IND has established a special unit to track down war criminals in the Netherlands.

If the IND concludes that the person in question can be held accountable for international crimes, then the application for asylum will always be refused. The person must then leave the Netherlands. A previously acquired residency permit may also be revoked, a request for naturalization refused, or the Dutch citizenship can also be revoked.

In this interesting documentary you can see how the IND gets to work during an investigation: