Trinidad and Tobago ministers meet with UN representatives over deportation of Venezuelan migrants
PORT OF SPAIN – Minister of national security, Edmund Dillon, and attorney general, Faris Al Rawi, held a meeting on Tuesday with the United Nations resident coordinator Richard Blewitt and protection officer of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Ruben Barbado.
The stated purpose of the meeting was to correct what was described as “the misinformation in the public domain”, with respect to the government of Trinidad and Tobago’s handling of the voluntary repatriation of 82 Venezuelan nationals to their homeland on Saturday.
At the meeting Dillon and Al Rawi took the opportunity once again to emphasize the fact that the government of Trinidad and Tobago respects the human rights of any person who seeks asylum in Trinidad and Tobago.
Additionally, the government of Trinidad and Tobago respects the right of any foreign national to voluntarily return to their country of nationality.
It was reiterated that the repatriation exercise was strictly carried out on a voluntary basis, in collaboration with the ambassador of Venezuela to Trinidad and Tobago, Coromoto Godoy Calderón.
The government of Trinidad and Tobago also expressed its commitment to treat all persons humanely and fairly and to upholding its international obligations.
Photo: National Security Minister Edmund Dillon (L) speaks with UNDP Representative Richard Blewitt