Monday, July 25, 2016

Belgium: Law-makers plan visit to Palestinian prisoners while Belgian prisons are in deep crisis...

UBU PAN, a Belgian satirical magazine, reported (20 July 2016 issue) that law-makers from three francophone parties (Socialists, Humanists (CDH) and Greens) had planned to conduct, yet again, a "fact-finding mission" in Israel, at tax-payers' expense.

The purpose of the "fact-finding mission" was to check and report back on the way Palestinian prisoners are treated.

To such a noble and enlightened end, they lodged a request with the Israeli Governement and  - surprise surprise - they got a positive answer.  On condition that Israeli law-makers were authorised first to conduct a "fact-finding mission" on how prisons are run and prisoners treated... in Belgium.

Needless to say, the planned trip seems to have been shelved.

As the paper pointed out they wanted a free holiday while Belgian prisons are in deep crisis.  See:
- Council of Europe worried about Belgian prisons crisis.
- Belgian prison chaos prompts fears of national malaise (BBC)
- Belgian prisoners released from 'inhumane' jails (CNN): Still reeling from terrorist attacks, Belgium's prison system has now become "apocalyptic."

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