UN issues statement on T&T’s treatment of migrants, especially children

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    “Children should never be forcibly deported based on their, or their parents’, migration status.”

    This statement comes from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, which today voiced concern about the recent decision to deport 16 Venezuelan children and nine adults via pirogue.

    In a statement released today, it said all refugees and migrants, regardless of status, are entitled to the respect and protection of their human rights.

    With regard to refugee and migrant children, it said the best interests of the child must be a primary consideration in all decisions affecting them.

    It is now calling on T&T’s authorities to safeguard the human rights of refugee and migrant children regardless of their status.

    It is also urging governments to suspend all forced returns amid the COVID-19 pandemic in order to safeguard the health of migrants and communities, and to instead provide safe and legal pathways for migrants to regularize their status and avoid the risk of deportation.