Human Rights Commission Alarmed after Deportation of 16 Venezuelan Children from Trinidad & Tobago

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights expressed concern on Tuesday afternoon for dozens of Venezuelan migrants, including 16 children, who were deported from neighboring Trinidad & Tobago, and whose whereabouts it said remain unknown.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights expressed concern on Tuesday afternoon for dozens of Venezuelan migrants, including 16 children, who were deported from neighboring Trinidad & Tobago, and whose whereabouts it said remain unknown.

“The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights urges Trinidad and Tobago to strictly observe the duty of special protection of (children and adolescent) migrants and to consider their best interests in all decisions that affect them,” the agency, which is a body of the Washington-based Organization of American States, wrote on its Twitter account. It also pointed out that some of the minors were unaccompanied by their parents.

Venezuelan opposition leader David Smolansky, who coordinates the Organization of American States’ response to the country’s migration crisis, said during an interview with CNN’s Fernando del Rincon that the children as well as 13 adults were deported on Monday night on two small boats destined for Venezuela. Smolansky also said that concern for the deportees grew on Monday when the boat did not arrive in eastern Venezuela as expected.


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