Another international agency calls for registration extension

With less than 24 hours to go, yet another international humanitarian group is calling on the government to extend the period of registration to Venezuelan nationals.

As the deadline for the registration period looms, Refugees International (RI) says it is gravely concerned about the possibility that arrests and deportations may follow.

According to RI, Trinidad and Tobago has only three registration centres to register more than 40,000 Venezuelans.

Its president, Eric Schwartz, says Venezuelans on the island are trying to follow the rules but notes that the registration process is difficult and Venezuelans should not be punished for that.

RI says it is clear the government must extend the registration period or, at the very least, allow Venezuelans already waiting in line, to complete their registration process even if it is after the June 14 deadline.   

Refugees International also takes issue with statements by the National Security Minister that border patrols have been turning away boatloads of people.

It says this is unacceptable and irresponsible and a violation of established principles.

On Tuesday, Amnesty International made a similar appeal to the prime minister.


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