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United States Urged To Suspend Deportation Flights To Haiti

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The United States government should suspend deportation flights to Haiti, 74 organizations including Human Rights Watch said on September 26, 2023, in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas.

The groups urged him to suspend all such flights, beginning with one currently scheduled for September 28.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) called on all governments to “suspend the forced return of Haitians to their country” in November 2022, but the US government has sent nine deportation flights to Haiti since that time.

“These forced returns appear to conflict with the United States’ legal obligations under international law not to send people back to a place that would put them at risk of serious harm,” said Bill Frelick, refugee and migrant rights director at Human Rights Watch. “Given the current violence and lack of government security measures in Haiti, sending people back there is sending them into a disaster zone.”

UNHCR warned in its advisory for Haiti that “the forced removal of people to a place where they may face risk of persecution, torture or other serious or irreparable harm would amount to ‘refoulement,’ which is explicitly prohibited under international refugee and human rights law.”

The US government is continuing to deport Haitians to Haiti even though, on February 4, it extended the designation of Haiti for temporary protected status, based on Haiti “experiencing extraordinary and temporary conditions resulting from grave insecurity and gang crime.” Temporary protected status bars the deportation of Haitians who were present in the United States as of that date. Further, on August 30, the US Embassy in Port-au-Prince called on all Americans to leave Haiti “as soon as possible.”

“Telling Americans to leave Haiti as soon as possible because it is too dangerous for them while simultaneously loading Haitians onto deportation flights reveals a mind-boggling double standard,” Frelick said.

“And the risks faced by Haitians who came after the temporary protected status eligibility date are no less than for those who were in the United States before that date.”

SOURCE: Human Rights Watch

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2 COMMENTS

  1. This article, sourced from Human Rights Watch, is not based on reality as it exists within the US Empire of Lies. To the neocons & neoliberals who prosecute the hegemonic policies of the empire, international law is a 20th Century relic, which has been replaced by a rules-based order in which the US makes up rules as it sees fit, then orders everyone else to do its bidding or face drone attacks, economic sanctions, military invasions, government overthrows, or assassination of democratically elected leaders (the list is not exhaustive).

    HRW, in the person of Frelick, calls it a double standard with regards to Haitians, but they are too kind (they’re just offering up lip service, to preserve funding for their supposed mission). The actions of the US are nothing less than gross hypocrisy & malevolent racism. Daily, the US empire is being exposed to the world; lately, from this video clipped from the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in NY:

    Watch Russian FM Destroy US Hypocrisy on International Law
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKCi4tFkeb8

    Recently however, our CARICOM leaders & some of our African brethren have been trying their best to out-do each other as ‘house n1gg@$’ for the US plantation in Haiti. The CIA gangs are meeting fierce & resolute resistance from loyal Haitians seeking to reclaim sovereignty over their land; so, these black-faced traitors of Haiti (CARICOM & Kenya) are poised to invade Haiti on behalf of the US…you can not make this up, even more than 200 years after Haiti first won their freedom from French enslavers.

  2. UN, when you can publicly labelled the USA as mass human right abuse, then we know you have a worth until such scream all you wanted. If China and Russia call for UN sanction against the US i wonder if they have the guts to do that.

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