NASSAU, Bahamas, Feb. 19, CMC – Local human rights group, Rights Bahamas, has applauded the stance taken by the government in temporarily halting the deportation of individuals to Haiti.
“In light of the unrest and violence happening in in that country, the safety of those in our custody must always come first.,” the organisation said in a statement.
The human rights group added that the Royal Bahamas Defense Force should be on high alert, anticipating that vessels from Haiti carrying irregular migrants will “likely be coming to our shores”
“Desperate people will surely seek to save their lives by escaping. The Bahamas Immigration Department is urged to do its job efficiently, but also humanely and in the spirit of decency, remembering that these unfortunate people are victims fleeing from terrible circumstances, not violent criminals or enemies of the state. As a form of deterrence, the Department should make it clear that any person who lands here without permission will have zero chance of obtaining a work permit or residency in the Bahamas.”
“Rights Bahamas does not promote or encourage human trafficking. We simply ask that the basic rights of every human, as outlined in The Bahamas constitution, be respected by the powers that be. Everyone has a right to due process, a fair trial and fair judgement.”
Concerning the closure of the Bahamas Embassy and recalling diplomats and staff located in the French speaking Caribbean Community (CARIOM) nation, Rights Bahamas said this was the right thing to do.
For the past several days, there have been violent protests in Haiti over government corruption that has led to the death of at least seven people paralyzed the capital, Port-au-Prince.