Published On: Fri, Nov 16th, 2018

Minister Blok: No deal about deporting Venezuelans

Venezuelan-Vice-President-Tareck-El-Aissami-Stef-BlokTHE HAGUE - Kingdom Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs has once again denied that the expulsion of Venezuelans fled to Curaçao was part of the agreement he concluded in April with the authorities in Caracas to end the border blockade to the ABC islands.

The issue was raised by MP Bram van Ojik (GroenLinks) during the discussion of the budget for Foreign Affairs. "The minister made a deal with Venezuela, which made returning of refugees possible again, without analyzing the situation of the person or any humane treatment on the islands. The government denies any responsibility from the Netherlands," says Van Ojik.

Deporting migrants was not part of the agreement, Blok emphasizes. "One of the consequences of the border closure was that the return of illegal migrants was more difficult and could be normalized after the opening of the borders. All countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands are bound by the European Convention on Human Rights.

The test on Article 3 of the ECHR is therefore an absolute requirement, where a careful individual assessment is important. The migration policy - and with it the admission and expulsion of foreign nationals - is one of the autonomous responsibilities of the countries. The Cabinet does, however, offer support in various areas, for example in the form of knowledge and expertise," says Blok. (Photo: archive)

By Rene Zwart
Kingdom Relations

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