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#3553: Blanchet replies to Poincy
From: Max Blanchet <MaxBlanchet@worldnet.att.net>
From: Jean Poincy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"Having reached the point of inertia in their thinking process,
the economic refugees allow their cowardice
dictate their fate on the sea. The political situation is just an
excuse. I think it is correct to return them to Ayiti regardless their
circumstances. Seeking political asylum should not even be an issue for
whomever got picked up from the sea."
This is an odious statement!
Refugees -- whether economic or political -- are entitled to
due process according to international conventions signed by
the US and the Bahamas. Amnesty International recently made
that point in the case of the refugees recently returned to Haiti
by the Bahamian authorities. Some Haitian activists in Miami
-- among them Madame Bastien -- made that point as forcefully.
And to suggest as Poincy does that these folks are motivated
by cowardice is simply beyond belief.
Poincy ought to know better!