» First GMS Court Case
JOHNSON vs. The NETHERLANDS
This Case is about the most basic form of equality, i.e. equal rights. Claimant is seeking equalization of pension rights between citizens of Holland and the Dutch Caribbean islands of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba (‘BES’). This is about non-discrimination and equal social/ economic rights, i.e. equality for pensioners (which is argued in this case) and by extension equal child benefits and equal rent subsidies.
» Second GMS Court Case
ANON. VS THE NETHERLANDS
This Case also focuses on the most basic form of equality, i.e. equal rights. Claimant is seeking equalization of pension rights between citizens of Holland and the Dutch Caribbean islands of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba (‘BES’). The theme and contents are the same as the First GMS Court Case, only this case will be brought to the European Court of Human Rights after exhausting local remedies.
» Third GMS Court Case
WINKLAAR vs. SELIBON
Summary. On Bonaire there is no Social Security yet for disability pension in case a person cannot work anymore due to illness. The case aims to obtain compensation for an employee who is unfit for work due to a work-related injury (not due to an accident).
» Fourth GMS Court Case
GOMEZ GARCIA vs. The NETHERLANDS
By means of a large set of rather complicated Laws and Regulations the Netherlands government has introduced and maintains a virtual form of ‘bonded labor’ for mostly Latin immigrants who have come to work on the islands of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba.
» Fifth GMS Court Case
HANSEN vs. The NETHERLANDS
After the break-up of the former Netherlands Antilles there is no freedom of movement and residence anymore between the constituent islands. Neither is there freedom of movement for all Dutch nationals between the Netherlands and the former Neth. Antilles.
» Sixth GMS Court Case
ANON & GMS vs. SVB CURACAO
The Curaçao government recently adopted a law cutting the Old Age Pensions of non-residents by 10%. This basically is theft, because these pensioners always paid their premiums in accordance with the law. The fact that some of them have decided to go live abroad is no reason to cut their pensions. This law creates discrimination between residents and non-residents, who have paid exactly the same premiums.
» Seventh GMS Court Case
ANON vs. the NETHERLANDS
Disabled persons have more needs than ‘normal’ people. They have more expenses and even when they can work, they usually earn less than ‘normal’ people. On the basis of the General Principle of Autonomy, set out in art. 3 sub letter a) of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities CRPD), persons with disabilities (especially those who cannot work to earn a living) should be entitled to a livable government allowance, which will make them autonomous. To maintain their autonomy, such an allowance should be seen as assistance by society to ‘compensate’ the disabled person (so to speak) for his disability. If such a person marries, for instance, he/she would not lose his/her allowance.
» Eighth GMS Court Case
ANON vs. Dutch Min. Social Affairs
The person discriminated against in this case is a 12-year old girl, Dutch national by birth, born in Curaçao. Her biological mother died when she was a small child. The girl (hereinafter: ‘EB’) was raised by a foster mother as though she (EB) was her own child, ever since she (EB) was a little baby. The foster mother was officially appointed by the Court as the legal custodian of EB.
» Ninth GMS Court Case
Fortunato vs Dutch State Secretary of Justice & Security
Court in First Instance Bonaire
Theme: Discrimination against foreign nationals and multiple violations
of human rights including children’s rights. No forced separation between
parents (or one parent) and children.
» Tenth GMS Court Case
ASOTEKO vs. Bonaire Government
The right to adequate housing is set out in art. 11 Int. Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural rights. The Bonaire Government has accepted the responsibility to make sure all citizens shall have adequate housing. Nevertheless, when a citizen petitions the government to be granted a parcel of land-lease to build a home on, he is lucky if he gets it within 10 years. This wrong must be righted.
» Eleventh GMS Court Case
Velasco Parra vs. Kingdom of the Netherlands
Theme:Injustice against foreign nationals, specifically the illegality (i.e. violation
of human rights) of the ‘residence-gap rule’, which results in many foreign
nationals never (or only after many years – like 15 or more) receiving a permanent
residence permit. Violations of Art. 7 (degrading treatment), art. 8 section 2
(prohibition of servitude), art. 9, section 1 (right to liberty), art. 2,
section 3, sub letter a jo. art. 14 (due process and right to good
administration) and non-discrimination art. 26 of the ICCPR.
» Twelfth GMS Court Case
Muñoz Felix vs. Secretary of State for Security & Justice
VIOLATION OF FAIR TRIAL BY EXCESSIVE FORMALISM
The applicant’s petition was rejected, because the Dutch
government claims that her identity could not be determined
with 100% certainty. The fact that it could be determined
by 99% certainty or more, was ignored. The argument of nulla
poena sine culpa, meaning that even if her identity was in fact
false, this would be attributable to her parents, not to the
applicant herself, so that it is not equitable to punish her,
was also ignored. The Court judgments are a travesty of justice.
» Thirteenth GMS Court Case
Perea vs. Immigration and Minister of Social Affairs
Discrimination against foreign immigrants. Man recovering from
lung cancer complains about a great number of human rights violations,
which the Court rejects and/or would not even address.
» Fourteenth GMS Court Case
ASOTEKO vs. Bonaire Government 2
Petition to examine witnesses
This is a Civil Case supplementary to the Administrative Case (view Tenth GMS Court Case)
» Fifteenth GMS Court Case
APA Construction vs Minister Social Affairs
Is Work-accident Social Security Insurance being undermined by the Minister of Social Affairs
for reasons of economizing? This case rings the bell. There may not be enough hard evidence,
but there are enough indications to justify taking this issue to Court.
» Sixteenth GMS Court Case
ANON. vs. Ministry of Social Affairs
Essentially this case is about freedom vs. repression.
There is no illegality, but the government considers the conduct immoral.
The perceived immorality is not frivolous. The repression is.
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