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The Supreme Court of Belize orders that seven Cubans be returned to the island

Several groups of undocumented Cubans have been detained in the country and were on their way to the United States. Seven Cubans detained in Belize had their habeas corpus petition denied by Supreme Court Justice Lisa Shoman. Her lawyer, Leo Bradley Jr., argued that the fundamental rights of these people were violated by the Immigration Department. Judge Shoman disagreed and ordered that the Cubans be returned to their country of origin. Foreign Minister Eamon Courtenay welcomed the news and explained why:

Eamon Courtenay, Minister of Foreign Affairs: “I’m very happy with the decision and I, quite easily, because we have been in touch over it, happily say I am happy that Agassi and Samantha were victorious in that case. I mean we have no issues professionally. In that particular case, what we have are people who do not qualify for refugee status in Belize. You cannot apply for refugee status and say I am fleeing from Cuba. I want refugee status in Belize so I can go to the states. You have to claim refugee status and stay in the country that grants that to you. On their face, on their application and in their evidence to the court they said they noh want stay yah. They want to go. So, what is it that they are trying to do? They are caught. They are prosecuted. Some smart lawyer says “claim asylum. I will get you to go to Help for Progress. There’ll be no security and overnight you run and gone.” We would be tacitly facilitating human smuggling. In the case of the Cubans, it’s a difficult situation. It’s a difficult situation because we cannot deport them to a certain country. We have to send them back to Cuba. There are no direct flights. There is no bus. There is no boat to Cuba. So, we’re actively talking to friends about how we can get that done in relation to this one and in September, we had negotiations in Cuba with the Cuban Government, trying to have a protocol on the deportation of Cubans from Belize. We are trying to create a scenario in which the Immigration Laws of Belize are obeyed, that those who are legitimate asylum seekers will get a fair hearing and if they satisfy the criteria, will be given refugee status and protection and we are also trying to ensure that only Belizeans have Belizean nationality. I just received my advice from the Crowns on how to cancel approximately 30 nationalities that are illegal and I’m going to cancel them. We are trying to clean up a very difficult situation. Put it that way.”

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