MAN MP asks questions on detention conditions for Venezuelans

WILLEMSTAD - Yves Schoop of coalition party MAN wants an explanation from Minister of Justice Quincy Girigorie about the treatment of Venezuelans in the SDKK prison and barracks. According to Schoop, it’s not going very well there for the Venezuelans.

He has therefore asked written questions in parliament.

Schoop wants to know whether Girgorie realizes that some of the Venezuelans who invoke Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights are imprisoned under the regime of the criminal prison. For example, three women are behind bars in the women's section while they have not committed or been convicted of crime.

The MP also wants to know why six Venezuelans have been in the barracks and one in the prison for more than 240 days.

Schoop asks the minister whether there is cooperation during the investigation under the Article 3 procedure with other security services, such as, for example, Interpol.

Furthermore, Schoop wants to know why intercepted and arrested Venezuelans receive decisions and information in the Dutch-language and not in Spanish.

The MP also wants to know how the government facilitates the contact of detained Venezuelans with their families, lawyers and helpful NGOs.

Schoop is interested in the policy that the government will apply for refugees and migrant Venezuelans in 2020 in the light of the call from international organizations and institutions, such as the European Union, and refugee organizations associated with the UN at the International Solidary Conference in Brussels in October 2019.

In the context of the overcrowded barracks, Schoop wants to know whether the Ministry of Justice is currently looking for new locations outside the SDKK, such as vacant schools or government buildings to set them up for refugee reception.

Schoop also wants guarantees from the minister that parents and minor children will not be separated and deported separately.

In a more general sense, Schoop wants to have figures for specific applications for work and residence permits that were applied for and issued to Venezuelans in 2018 and 2019.

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