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09/03/08

Iranian students to sue Dutch government for study ban

Source: Press TV

A group of students and scientists are seeking to sue the Dutch government over banning Iranians from courses related to nuclear technology.

According to the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant , dozens of Iranian Dutch scholars held a demonstration at the University of Amsterdam on Monday over the politically motivated decision.

The move came after the Dutch government decided in July that all Iranians, even those with dual citizenship or those who are of Iranian decent but do not hold an Iranian passport, will be excluded from nine degree programs related to nuclear expertise.

The protestors handed the Dutch Education Minister, Ronald Plasterk, who was speaking at the opening of the academic year, a copy of Article 11 of the constitution.

"The ban violates the Dutch constitution and various international treaties," an Iran Students' action group statement read, adding that the ban is in breach of the right to education.

The Dutch government claims the decision was taken to implement the UN Security Council Resolution 1737 which requires countries to prevent the spread of nuclear technology to Iran.

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Iranian students in the Netherlands are not satisfied with the government's explanation of a stricter sanctions aimed against Iran. As of 1 July they have been excluded from taking certain courses and visiting certain places, if Iran could make use of these to develop nuclear weaponry. The students say this is discrimination and are going to court to prove it. - Radio Netherlands

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