No happy ending for Cubans detained in the Bahamas
The Bahamian government's response to Human Rights scandal proves that at least when it comes to Cuban refugees; they care only about protecting their image, and tourist dollars. Sending the Cuban refugees detained there back to Cuba, ignoring the 54 years of documented Human Rights against the Cuban people by the Castro regime, is not only an additional gross violation of the refugees rights, but aligns the Bahamas with Cuba, a rogue State Sponsor of Terrorism. Disgraceful.
From the Miami Herald, Bahamas Repatriates 24 Cubans.
Those repatriated Friday included eight involved in filming a cell-phone video showing an alleged guard at the Immigration Detention Center in Nassau kicking several detainees on the ground, he added. Panama had offered asylum to them and 11 others allegedly beaten.
Bahamas authorities claimed in July that the video was a fake. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said Friday that U.S. State Department officials had told her that Nassau has now confirmed its veracity and removed the guilty guards.
“It is shameful that the Bahamian government would not even consider the humanitarian asylum offer made by the government of Panama,” added the Cuban-American Republican from Miami.
In much tougher language, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart branded the repatriation despite Panama’s offer of asylum as an “unconscionable” and “outrageous” act and an “utter disgrace and blight” on the Bahamas’ human rights record.
“I, and many in my community, will never forget the heartless betrayal of these freedom-seeking refugees,” he added. Nassau will have to “assume the responsibility for the abuses that they (the 24) will inevitably suffer.”