Successful consultation between the ministers of the Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten on judicial cooperation | news item
News item | 24-02-2022 | 20:50
Today, the biannual Four-Party Judicial Consultation (JVO) took place between the Ministers of Justice Yeşilgöz-Zegerius (Netherlands), Tjon (Aruba), Pisas (Curaçao) and Richardson (Sint Maarten). Due to the corona, the consultation also took place digitally, under the Curaçao pandemic.
The countries are working closely together to fight indoors. For Yeşilgöz-Zegerius is also responsible for the judicial chain in the Caribbean Netherlands, cooperation with the countries in the Caribbean region is essential.
With its approach to organized crime. Agreements have been made about joint action when concluding mutual assistance and extradition treaties with countries in which they can seek refuge. It has also been agreed how the ministers can jointly ensure that coastguard personnel can act in each other’s coastal regions. This is important for tackling drug and people smuggling.
To prevent cases from occurring, but also to prevent victimization. This is done, among other things, through the use of behavioral interventions, as only you determine who you are. The results and new proposals are words and discussed.
Agreements have also been made about allowing prison staff to participate in each other’s prisons so that they can share knowledge and experiences in practice. In addition, the countries speak of cooperating in the further development of forensic care for both adults and minors in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom. Minister Yeşilgöz-Zegerius has indicated below that he is thinking about how to develop this further and also offers support.
For the detection of transnational crimes between rapid and secure exchange of information about countries of interest. This information collaboration provides a better understanding of the relations between the Caribbean and the Netherlands. The Netherlands has made 2.5 million euros available (for three years) to optimize the information exchange between all countries. These information hubs in the countries and the inter-island information coordination can be expanded, training is given and ICT becomes available
Finally, during the JVO, discussions were held about safeguarding the intensive cooperation between the five police forces within the Kingdom. The statutory agenda that the force cooperation and implementation are in the context of more on training, integrity, information coordination and operational management, but also on the training of managers within the police. The agenda has benefits for all countries. The Netherlands will also make structural financial resources available for this regional police cooperation.
The next JVO will take place in June on Bonaire under Dutch.