Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Rights Bahamas says ministers’ response to IACHR hearing is ‘petty and immature’

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Rights Bahamas group did not waste any time on Tuesday, to slam Immigration Minister Brent Symonette and Attorney General Carl Bethel, for the comments they made following an Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) hearing, which highlighted the rights of migrants and their descendants in The Bahamas.

At the hearing held last week in Kingston, Jamaica, its President, Esmeralda Arosemena de Troitino, said detention was not the answer to tackle the country’s immigration challenges.

Troitino also touched on the issue of statelessness due to the lack of documentation.

On Monday, Immigration Minister Brent Symonette told the media that he has a difficulty with international organizations forcing their way of doing things on The Bahamas.

Also, while debating and later passing amendments to the Immigration Act in the Senate on Monday night, Attorney General Carl Bethel said the government will, in due course, put out a properly diplomatically worded statement to send to the IACHR, to indicate that the government feels that they may have gone a little too far in some of the rhetoric exchanged at the hearing.  Read more >>