Complaints of a lack of medical care, a violation of human rights and being ignored by Immigration officials are common at the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) in Aripo.
The centre, which was opened in 2009 as a place to house deportees for “30 days” while arrangements are made for their deportation, has turned into a home for many migrants over the last few years.
Men and women from crisis-riddled Venezuela currently make up the bulk of the centre’s detainees but there are also people from as far as Nigeria and India.
The Caribbean Centre for Human Rights (CCHR) says the repatriation of 82 Venezuelan nationals, raises grave human rights concerns.
The CCHR says there is evidence that some of the persons repatriated were in possession of documents seeking asylum from Venezuela, saying it brings into questions T&T's commitment to the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.
The following is the CCHR's statement:
The United States and the United Kingdom have both expressed some concerns about this country's human rights status and are both making recommendations in relation to police treatment of suspects, discrimination against women and attitude towards homosexuals.
The recommendations come as this country undergoes a review of its human right's record, at the 25th Universal Periodic Review in Geneva today.
This country's human rights record will be placed under the microscope by the United Nation’s Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at a meeting scheduled for next Tuesday, May 10.
This country is one of 14 states that will be reviewed by the working group of the UPR during its upcoming session.
The documents on which the reviews are based are the national report – which is information provided by the state that is under review, information contained in the reports of independent human rights experts and groups.