Call for pro-active monitoring of Dutch prisoners abroad

16th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

Parliament wants better monitoring of Dutch people being held in foreign jails. The Democrat D66 party, which called for the debate, says around 2,000 Dutch citizens are currently imprisoned abroad.

Party leader Alexander Pechtold said it was important for the Dutch government to take a pro-active stance since we need as complete as possible a picture of their situation in order to help them.

In the wake of the execution of the Dutch-Iranian woman Zahra Bahrami, D66 is working on a bill which would offer assistance to every Dutch person at risk of the death penalty.

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