12 Apr 2011. A World War II Nazi law allows European Union’s agency Eurojust to
demolish a residential area in The Hague, a city in the Netherlands.
Eurojust, an agency of the European Union, wants to build a 18,000 square
foot and 50 meters new highrise-office in a green residential area called Zorgvliet.
For almost a century, the area (including the prime minister’s residence
and many historical buildings) was protected by an equitable servitude.
The German Nazi-occupiers during World War II decided that the servitude
would no longer have any jurisdiction. After the war the Dutch government
decided to abolish all German Nazi laws, but Alderman Marjolein de Jong
(D66) of the city of the Hague is now proposing that the Nazi law is still
well and alive.
Joris Wijsmuller, chairman of the Haagse Stadspartij, a local political
party, is shocked: “This is disgusting. Re-establishing nazi-laws from
World War II just for the benefit of Eurojust.”
The Haagse Stadspartij supports the residents in their relentless struggle
against demolition. Among them include Adoree Colijn, inhabitant of a
villa that is likely to be demolished, and also granddaughter of former
Prime Minister Hendrikus Colijn, who during the war died in captivity. It is likely to happen that Adoree Colijn is now going to be evicted under Nazi law.
Joris Wijsmuller: “This is a total disgrace for the city of the Hague and
Eurojust. The city hosts a lot of international organisations and is
called International City of Peace and Justice”. But for me this means
moral bankruptcy of the International City of Peace and Justice as well as