Dutch continue to transfer prisoners to Afghans
Dutch troops will continue to transfer prisoners taken in Afghanistan to the Afghan authorities.24 January 2008
AMSTERDAM - Dutch troops will continue to transfer prisoners taken in Afghanistan to the Afghan authorities, a spokesman for the Dutch Defence Ministry said Thursday, denying any abuse of such prisoners once they had been handed over.
The statement came after Canadian forces recently stopped transferring prisoners after receiving "credible" information the prisoners faced abuse in Afghan prisons.
But a Dutch Defence Ministry spokesman said this was not the case for prisoners transferred by Dutch troops, confirming accounts made earlier by the Afghan human rights association AIHRC, the Dutch embassy in Kabul and the Red Cross.
Some 1,600 Dutch troops are stationed in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan, where they will remain until August 2010.
The Dutch are participating in NATO's International Security and Assistance Forces (ISAF), responsible for maintaining peace and stability in Afghanistan.
[Copyright dpa 2008]
Subject: Dutch news