The District Court in The Hague has decided to immediately lift the curfew in the Netherlands, a measure that seriously violates the rights to freedom of movement and privacy, the decision states.
According to the court, the curfew in the Netherlands was imposed on the basis of the Act on Emergency Powers of Postal Power, according to which the Cabinet has the right to introduce this measure in exceptional circumstances without consulting the House of Representatives and the Senate.
“The judge previously ruled that the imposition of the curfew was not associated with the special urgency required by law,” the statement said.
According to the court, there was no emergency situation in the Netherlands prior to the imposition of the curfew, “such as, for example, in the case of a dam break.”
“It is therefore unlawful to use this law to impose a curfew,” The Hague concluded.
The court also stressed that curfews are a serious violation of the right to freedom of movement and privacy.
“The curfew must be lifted immediately,” the district court said.
The Dutch curfew, imposed on January 23, has been extended until March 3. It operates from 21:00 to 16:30. At this time, it is not allowed to be on the street without a good reason. Violators are exposed to a fine of 95 euros.
The imposition of the curfew and the tightening of restrictive measures due to the spread of the coronavirus led to mass demonstrations in several cities in the Netherlands at the end of January. In Haarlem and Rotterdam, law enforcement agencies used tear gas. In Amersfoort, action ended in riots after fireworks fell on police and a local supermarket was looted in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Mass arrests were made throughout the country.