Little support for Dutch prisoners abroad

5th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant reports that Dutch assistance to compatriots in foreign prisons leaves much to be desired.

Embassies are seen as not doing enough and diplomats are reportedly reluctant to address abuse. It is not clear whether prisoners receive regular visits from embassy staff and Financial support for the about 2,500 prisoners is allocated arbitrarily.

The Volkskrant’s report is based on research by the Inspectie Ontwikkelingssamenwerking en Beleidsevaluatie Development Cooperation and Policy Evaluation Inspectorate an independent organisation, which critically monitors the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Most of the Dutch citizens in foreign jails were convicted of drug related offences. However, Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal recently said during a debate in parliament that all prisoners are entitled to assistance.

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