Published On: Wed, Aug 29th, 2018

The Netherlands does not interfere with case Venezuelan sergeant

Stef Blok1WILLEMSTAD, THE HAGUE - The Dutch government has no intention of interfering with the asylum procedure of the Venezuelan refugee who claims to have been a sergeant in the South American country’s army.

The Permanent Committee for Foreign Affairs of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament wanted clarity from Minister of Foreign Affairs Stef Blok on the status of the Venezuelan sergeant who fled to Curaçao and has requested political asylum.

The question to the minister was posed on behalf of the Democratic Party D66, which sought attention for a case in Curaçao where a young sergeant of the National Guard of Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro submitted a request for political asylum.

Minister Blok says that asylum cases are an internal affair of the government of Curaçao. The Minister of Justice is responsible for the handling of these requests.

However, the Minister reports that Curaçao is a member of the European Convention on Human Rights and that the Netherlands offers support with knowledge and expertise in the field of migration.

A few days ago, Curaçao Minister of Justice Quincy Girigorie confirmed that the sergeant would not be deported, and that he would remain at the foreigners’ barracks as long as authorities were investigating his case.

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