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UN Urges The Bahamas To Stop Deporting Haitians

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has called on the Bahamas to refrain from deporting Haitians.

The Bahamas, which is still recovering from the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian on September 1, 2019, this month deported 112 Haitians.

The move came after Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis warned illegal migrants that they had the choice of either leaving voluntarily or being forced to leave.

As reported by CMC News, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights called in a statement  for the Bahamas to refrain from deporting individuals who lack documentation, without the individual assessments and due process guarantees to which they are entitled under international law.

It has been noted  that many of the Haitians lived in informal settlements that were destroyed by the hurricane, losing their documents, jobs, and belongings.

Rights Bahamas has fully endorsed the call for the Bahamas government to suspend deportations to Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, according to Eyewitness News.

It quoted the Bahamas Human Rights group as saying in a statement that it is the height of irony that a country newly elected to the UN’s Human Rights Council should have to be dressed down in ‘this embarrassing fashion’  for its aggressive, inhumane and intolerant behavior in the face of a humanitarian crisis.

“We should be working to help all victims of the storm, not heaping further misery on those who are most vulnerable,” the statement quoted by Eyewitness News said.

Bahamian authorities had initially been quoted as saying that  immigration enforcement activities would be suspended in the affected islands. Continue reading

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Oct. 21, 2019

3 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “UN Urges The Bahamas To Stop Deporting Haitians”

  1. Helen O'Brien says:

    The Bahamas is a God fearing nation. We love God, we love people. Haitians living illegally in in the Bahamas, have access to humanitarian services, that people living illegally in other places don’t have. Such as healthcare and education. But, they have resisted the purity of Bahamian nature, and tried to perpetuate the Hatian voodoo culture in the Bahamas. This is what Bahamians abhor. Let God be the judge of what is happening. Let love be the spirit that rules. As a Bahamian, I know that we tend to have open arms, until we see evil.

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