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Dutch maintain ban on Iranian students

Source: Press TV

The Netherlands has ignored a ruling by a domestic court against a ban on Iranian students' access to Dutch university courses related to nuclear technology.

The campus of the University of Amsterdam

The Dutch government is not obeying the ruling of the General Court in The Hague, which necessitated the government to clear any obstacles in the way of Iranian students studying in the Netherlands, Press TV has learned.

The decision, which came on July 2008, prohibits the students from continuing their studies, choosing supervisors, or visiting science centers should any of these activities be found to be related to nuclear technology.

In response to a protest by some Iranian students, the General Court in The Hague has ruled against the move, accusing the Dutch government of racial discrimination.

The Dutch government has appealed the ruling to the Court of Appeal in The Hague, which endorsed the verdict and obliged the government to comply with the ruling.

However, the Iranian Embassy in Amsterdam said in a recent report that "the Dutch government has... unfortunately refused to take action to implement the ruling."

The inaction comes despite the fact that the General Court denounced the ban as "against the Dutch government's moral obligations," the embassy noted.

Moreover, the director of the Foundation for Refugee Students UAF, which supports foreigners who study in the Netherlands, also said that the Netherlands had "rightly backed down," adding that "this extremely ill-considered measure had a highly stigmatizing effect."

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