Venezuelan migrants released from detention

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Venezuelan migrants released from detention

Days after approximately 200 Venezuelan migrants were detained at a bar in St James, they are now being allowed to leave.

The migrants, who were said to be undocumented, have been given clearance to leave the Chaguaramas Heliport.

The release of the migrants comes after a protest by them on Monday, where they demanded access to water and essential amenities.

Some 196 migrants were detained at Apex Sports Bar during a party on Sunday.
However, according to a GML report, the exact number of migrants released was not confirmed.

Attorney Criston J Williams, who represents some of the detained migrants, commended the Government for releasing his clients who hold UNHCR identification cards.

The Caribbean Centre for Human Rights (CCHR) expressed deep concern about the raid at the bar in St James which led to the detention of almost 200 Venezuelan migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees.

The CCHR said the operation violated due process, international human rights instruments, and the rule of law.

It also called for the urgent need for comprehensive legislation to guide the State’s response and ensure the protection of human rights for all individuals in the country.