The Prime Minister of the Bahamas has said that his administration does not support the ill-treatment of people by law enforcement officials.
According to local reports, Dr. Hubert Minnis said Tuesday that immigration officers are mandated to treat people humanely.
His comments came in response to videos depicting officers mocking individuals stopped for questioning, Eyewitness News reported.
In two separate videos, a Bahamian immigration officer can be seen quizzing several people on their knowledge of The Bahamas, while others laugh off camera, according to Eyewitness News.
The online publication disclosed that in one 17-second recording, an officer can be seen asking three men if they know the Bahamian national anthem.
The first two men do not respond, but the third says: “Yes.” The officer tells him to sing it, it was reported.
Minister of Immigration Elsworth Johnson says an investigation will be conducted.
The Bahamas, still recovering from the ravages of Hurricane Dorian which struck on September 1, came under fire recently for deporting more than one hundred Haitians this month.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights had called for a halt to the deportations of the immigrants who lack documentation, without the individual assessments and due process guarantees to which they are entitled under international law.
Rights Bahamas had endorsed the call to suspend deportations 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.