Netherlands passed asylum details to Congo

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9 December 2005, AMSTERDAM – Claims that the Dutch state has illegally provided Congo with details of the African country's citizens applying for asylum in the Netherlands are well founded, an investigative commission has found.

9 December 2005

AMSTERDAM – Claims that the Dutch state has illegally provided Congo with details of the African country's citizens applying for asylum in the Netherlands are well founded, an investigative commission has found.

The Havermans Commission that has been investigating the claims delivered its conclusions on Friday to Rita Verdonk, the minister responsible for immigration and integration issues.

The details given to the Congolese authorities on a number of occasions in recent years did not involve sensitive content but the fact that asylum had been requested.

However, this information still should not have been provided as it is sufficient grounds for persecution in Congo.

The commission mentions “human errors” made in “the very complicated process” that precedes repatriation of failed asylum seekers, and recommends this be “simplified and made more transparent”.

Minister Verdonk was expected to reply later on Friday.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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