Court orders Dutch state to bring asylum centers up to EU standard

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THE HAGUE, Oct 6 (Reuters) – A Dutch court on Thursday ordered the government to bring conditions in Dutch emergency asylum centres up to European Union standards and said vulnerable refugees should no longer be housed there.

Judges ruled that every asylum seeker who reported to a government centre in the Netherlands must immediately get “an indoor sleeping space, food, water and access to hygienic sanitation facilities”.

The Dutch Council for Refugees had sued the Dutch state in August when hundreds of refugees were forced to sleep outside with little or no access to drinking water, sanitary facilities or healthcare because there was no more room in government-run asylum centres.

Reporting by Stephanie van den Berg; editing by John Stonestreet and Nick Macfie

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