UN alerts US deportations of Haitians may breach international law

The United Nations conveyed deep concern Tuesday at mass deportations of Haitian migrants from the United States, alerting they could violate international law.

The Guardian reports that White House has encountered a downpour of criticism after the United States began flying planeloads full of Haitian nationals back to their crisis-wracked country over the weekend.

Today Post crisis heightened after pictures by AFP photographer Paul Ratje that circulated fast over social media occurred to show riders swinging their reins to threaten migrants and push them back toward the Rio Grande river.

Filippo Grandi, the head of the UN refugee agency UNHCR, said he was “shocked by images of the deplorable conditions beneath the concrete highway overpass in Del Rio, Texas, where more than 14,000 Haitians had gathered after arduous journeys”.

Furthermore, he lashed out at the United States government’s Title 42 policy, which was brought in by the last administration of Donald Trump to stop most entrances at the southern border on the grounds that migrants could spread Covid-19.

“The summary, mass expulsions of individuals currently under way under the Title 42 authority, without screening for protection needs, is inconsistent with international norms and may constitute refoulement,” Grandi said in a statement.

Hafsah Muhammed Ibrahim

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