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Homeless victim of ID-law

22 April 2006 – The new obligation to carry ID papers has so far not helped to prevent serious crimes. The measure in practice serves as a way to increase fines. In Amsterdam, youth, homeless people and beggars are the main victims, an evaluation of the Volkskrant shows.

A disproportionate share of the fines is imposed in the Amsterdam-Amstelland region: 21% the number of fines imposed nationally, whereas only 5,6% of the population live here. In the capital, fines are imposed mainly on people who were already fined for use of soft drugs, begging, peeing in public and sleeping on the public road.

In 2005, over sixty thousand people in the Netherlands have been fined for failing to carry ID papers. According to justice minister Donner, it is important to fine many people, in order to make people aware of the new law.

Contrary to what was feared, there are no indications that minorities have to show their ID papers more often than other people, although there are no data available. According to an action group critical of the new law, there is a ‘striking reluctance’ to approach minorities. According to the action group, the law would be gotten rid of immediately if clear discrimination would occur.

Youth do find themselves fined more often, in fact four times as often as older people. The reason to fine them is ‘almost always something insignificant’, according to the Volkskrant.

Source: de Volkskrant

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