Amnesty International has requested that Government considers extending the time-frame for registering Venezuelans.
According to Director for the Americas Erika Guevara Rosas, there are an estimated 40,000 Venezuelans in T&T and two weeks is not enough time for all to register.
National Security Minister Stuart Young said yesterday that Government will not extend the registration process.
But, Ms. Rosas, in an open letter to the Prime Minister, says those fleeing Venezuela are likely to be refugees and may not be able to present the documents required.
But the Amnesty International Director is concerned with statements indicating that when the registration is finished, exitsting immigration laws will be enforced once again.
She is reminding that T&T remains bound by its obligations under the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees (1951 Refugee Convention) and its Protocol (1967), to respect the rights of those seeking asylum.
Therefore, Ms. Rosas says the country is required to protect asylum seekers and refugees from forcible return to a country in which their life or freedom may be in danger.
Read the Open Letter to the T&T PM: Amnesty International Americas Open Letter to TT PM