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The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture examines treatment of foreign nationals during a removal operation by air from the Netherlands

Strasbourg, 22.10.2013 - A delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has recently examined the treatment of foreign nationals during a removal operation by air from the Netherlands, coordinated and co-financed by the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (FRONTEX).

The monitoring took place in the context of an ad hoc visit to the Netherlands from 16 to 18 October 2013 and involved the presence of a CPT delegation on a charter flight to Lagos (Nigeria). In addition to the Netherlands, the Organising State, the following States took part in the FRONTEX mission: Bulgaria, Germany, Slovenia and Spain.

On the eve of the flight, the delegation held consultations with representatives of the “Koninklijke Marechaussee” (KMAR) and the Department in charge of removal operations at the Ministry of Justice (“DT&V”).In April 2013, representatives of the CPT held preparatory talks at the FRONTEX Headquarters in Warsaw.
The visit was carried out by three members of the CPT, Marija DEFINIS-GOJANOVIC, Jari PIRJOLA and Maïté DE RUE, who were supported by Fabrice KELLENS, Deputy Executive Secretary of the Committee.

° On 18 July 2013, the CPT made public its first report on a removal operation by air, organised by the United Kingdom authorities to Sri-Lanka in October 2012.

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