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Judgement by the District Court of Noord Holland on the Claim filed 06.07.2016

Appears in case: First Administrative Challenge against the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation


The Netherlands


Armed Conflict in Yemen

Recipient State


Document Type


The District Court dismisses the claimants’ argument that they have standing to bring this case, and finds that the action against the Minister of Foreign Affairs is unfounded.

In particular, the Court rules that the fact that human rights are or may be at stake is not sufficient to satisfy the threshold of standing as this requires the claimants to be ‘directly and individually affected’ by a decision. In turn, the Court concludes that the contested licence has no legal consequences for the claimants and that they are not ‘directly and individually affected’ by the licence.

Read the claimants’ original submission here