STAKEHOLDERS EXPRESS CONCERN THAT GOV’T REPATRIATED HAITIANS WITHOUT ACKNOWLEDGING THEIR REQUEST FOR ASYLUM

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Human Rights lobby group Freedom Imaginaries, has expressed concern, that the government repatriated the Haitians who arrived in Portland earlier this week, without acknowledging a request for asylum, submitted on their behalf.

Attorney representing the group Malene Alleyne, said at least eight Haitians were repatriated via a Jamaica Defence Force vessel last night.

She noted that one individual was left behind.

Ms. Alleyne said the government did not respond to an asylum request made for the group.

She states that the move by the government violates several conventions.

Ms. Alleyne noted that this is the third group of Haitians returned, mere hours after they were intercepted. She urged stake holders to intervene to ensure that immigrants rights are not breached.