Nebahat Albayrak

Nebahat Albayrak
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
2 August 2011  19 September 2012
Preceded by Myrthe Hilkens
In office
12 May 2010  12 April 2011
Succeeded by Myrthe Hilkens
In office
19 May 1998  22 February 2007
State Secretary for Justice
In office
22 February 2007  23 February 2010
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende
Preceded by Ella Kalsbeek
Succeeded by Fred Teeven
Personal details
Born Nebahat Albayrak
(1968-04-10) 10 April 1968
Şarkışla, Turkey
Nationality Turkish, Dutch
Political party Labour Party
Residence Rotterdam, Netherlands
Alma mater Leiden University (LLM, International and European Union law)
Occupation Politician, civil servant
Website (in Dutch) Labour Party website

Nebahat Albayrak (born 10 April 1968, in Şarkışla) is a former Turkish-Dutch politician and civil servant. As a member of the Dutch Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid), she is a former State Secretary for Justice in the Netherlands. From 12 May 2010 to 19 September 2012, she was (again) an MP. From April till August 2011, she was on maternity leave. Myrthe Hilkens was replacing her.


Albayrak moved to the Netherlands in 1970. In 1993, Albayrak graduated from Leiden University in international and European law. As part of her degree, she also attended lectures in Ankara at Ankara University and the Institut d’Études Françaises, and in Paris at the Institut d’Études Politiques.[1]

She worked at the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations from 1993 to 1998. From 1998 to 2007, she was a member of the Dutch House of Representatives.[1]

On 22 February 2007, Nebahat Albayrak was installed as State Secretary (junior minister) for Justice in the fourth Balkenende cabinet. She and Ahmed Aboutaleb are the first Muslims in a Dutch cabinet.[2] The right-wing Party for Freedom tried to prevent the installation of both Nebahat Albayrak and Ahmed Aboutaleb. The party also tried to pass a motion of no confidence in parliament directed against all parliamentarians or executive branch politicians with dual citizenship, claiming these politicians have a loyalty conflict or have the appearance of having one. Nebahat Albayrak has a Turkish and a Dutch passport. The motion was rejected by the House of Representatives, since no other party than the Party for Freedom supported it.

Claims of misuse of political power

In 2008, State Secretary Albayrak was accused of abusing her powers to reverse decisions made by the Immigration Service or the courts. Anonymous employees of the immigration department leaked confidential information to parliament member Sietse Fritsma (Party for Freedom) claiming Albayrak had reversed 3500 decisions "arbitrarily and without explanation". Albayrak has denied these allegations and stated she had only reversed 450 decisions. In comparison, her predecessor, Rita Verdonk (VVD), reversed 1150 decisions.[3][4][5][6]


  1. 1 2 "ms. N. Albayrak". Ministry of Justice. Archived from the original on 2007-08-24. Retrieved 2007-03-16.
  2. "Netherlands government sworn in". Al Jazeera. 2007-02-22. Archived from the original on 2008-11-12. Retrieved 2007-03-16.
  3. "IND'ers: Albayrak misbruikt positie - archief".
  4. "Publiek denken".
  5. "New Dutch Muslim Cabinet minister accuses lawmaker of racially motivated political attacks". International Herald Tribune. 2007-03-07. Retrieved 2007-03-16.
  6. "Motie "dubbele nationaliteit" verworpen". (in Dutch). NOS. 2007-03-02. Archived from the original on 2007-03-14. Retrieved 2007-03-16.

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