Torture in [Netherlands Antilles] [other countries]
Human Trafficking in [Netherlands Antilles] [other countries]
Street Children in [Netherlands Antilles] [other countries]
Child Prostitution in [Netherlands Antilles] [other countries]

Torture by Police, Forced Disappearance

& Other Ill Treatment

In the early years of the 21st Century

The Netherlands Antilles

Tourism, petroleum refining, and offshore finance are the mainstays of this small economy, which is closely tied to the outside world. Although GDP has declined or grown slightly in each of the past eight years, the islands enjoy a high per capita income and a well-developed infrastructure compared with other countries in the region.

Poor soils and inadequate water supplies hamper the development of agriculture. Budgetary problems hamper reform of the health and pension systems of an aging population. The Netherlands provides financial aid to support the economy. [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

Description: NetherlandAntilles

CAUTION:  The following links have been culled from the web to illuminate the situation in Netherlands Antilles. Some of these links may lead to websites that present allegations that are unsubstantiated or even false.  No attempt has been made to validate their authenticity or to verify their content.

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Netherlands Antilles: Comments by Amnesty International on the Second Periodic Report submitted to the United Nations Committee against Torture

Amnesty International AI, 31 March 1995

[accessed 5 Feb 2014]

The UN Committee against Torture (UNCAT) will examine the Second Periodic Report of the Kingdom of the Netherlands under the Convention against Torture in April 1995. In this report, AI comments on the submission regarding the Netherlands Antilles and outlines its own concerns about torture and ill-treatment and deaths in detention. Individual cases are briefly described, namely: Henry K. Every, who died from some form of crushing injury while in police custody (1990); Leroy Neil, who died of peritonitis in police custody (1990); Xavier Fluonia, who allegedly hanged himself in a police station in Curacao (1992); Moreno G Fabias, who has alleged ill-treatment by arresting officers (1991); Gerardo E Chong, allegedly ill-treated after arrest (1992); and Cuthbert Athanaze, who claimed he was ill-treated by police officers in December 1993.

Human Rights Reports 2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, February 25, 2009

[accessed 6 February 2013]

PRISON AND DETENTION CENTER CONDITIONS In the Netherlands Antilles, judges may sentence juveniles under the age of 16 who have committed serious offenses to prisons where they serve time together with adults; however, authorities allocated funding during the year to expand prison capacity to permit such juvenile offenders to be kept separately.

Shortcomings in detention and prison facilities, particularly overcrowding, persisted in Curacao and St. Maarten (Netherlands Antilles); however, due to increases in the capacity of their custodial facilities, overcrowding was no longer a problem in Aruba and Bonaire (Netherlands Antilles). A pilot project employing house arrest for selected inmates continued. A shooting, several stabbings, and a hunger strike took place among inmates of the Bon Futuro prison on Curacao. Prison guards went on strike once over labor conditions. On St. Maarten inmates went on strike once over remuneration for prison work and other grievances. The government reserved 25 million Netherlands Antilles guilders (approximately $14 million) for the improvement of the Bon Futuro prison and for detention centers on the other Antillean islands.

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Torture in [Netherlands Antilles] [other countries]
Human Trafficking in [Netherlands Antilles] [other countries]
Street Children in [Netherlands Antilles] [other countries]
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