Published On: Mon, Sep 10th, 2018

Minister of Justice: Curaçao cannot solve Venezuela’s problems

Quincy-GirigorieTHE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD - In a reaction, the Minister of Justice, Quincy Girigorie, admits that civil servants in the judicial chain are not sufficiently aware of the legal rules and therefore make mistakes.

But according to the Minister, the Amnesty International report about Venezuelan refugees on the island does not take much account of the situation in Curaçao and the impact that the problem has on the island.

"The numbers we are dealing with are large. It concerns nine percent Venezuelans on the total population of Curaçao. That would extrapolate to the Netherlands to one and a half million people without a residence permit. That is not possible for any country, but that is the situation in which Curaçao finds itself.”

The Minister reminded Amnesty International that the island only has 160,000 inhabitants. “We cannot solve the problems Venezuela with its 32 million inhabitants, is facing.”

According to Amnesty International, the government of Curaçao denies Venezuelan refugees the international right to protection. In practice, it appears impossible to apply for asylum. Venezuelans who are arrested without residence status are, moreover, detained by default, locked in a prison and police cells before they are deported. The circumstances there are worrying.

Click Tag(s) for Related Articles: