Trinidad: More Venezuelans arrested

A marked police bus with flashing blue lights caused a stir yesterday among Venezuelan migrants, some who entered TT illegally for the historic amnesty drive, outside Immigration Division in San Fernando. Assuming police arrived to arrest them, some of the migrants began to hastily walk away and later realised that police were dropping off illegal migrants including children.

At about 11 am yesterday, police from the South Western Division dropped off about 20 people including women and a few children, for entering the country illegally.

On Saturday, the day after the historic amnesty ended, police arrested 20 Venezuelans in Santa Flora and 30 in Erin during exercises. They entered at beaches in the area and police believe they were hoping to be part of the amnesty drive which allows migrants to live and work for up to a year.


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  1. Media Release:

    Re: Secrets Within the Walls of The IDC; Racism, Intimidation, Maltreatment, Infestation, Diseases, Human Rights Violations, Misbehavior in Public Office, Perverting the Course of Justice.

    Waajihatul Islaamiyyah (The Islamic Front) has received credible information that in April of 2018, seven (7) Nigerian Nationals filed an action against the State for unlawful detention and on the 19th of August 2019, a habeas corpus was filed in favor of a 24-year-old female Venezuelan. We are calling on The Senior Immigration Officer at the Immigration Detention Center (IDC) in Aripo, Dennison Aley and Chief Immigration Officer, Ms. Charmaine Gandhi-Andrews, to answer charges as it relates to Racism, Intimidation, Maltreatment, Infestation, Diseases, Human Rights Violations, Misbehavior in Public Office and Perverting the Course of Justice. It’s absurd that the Government officials of Trinidad and Tobago will condone their officials into carrying out outrageous acts against humans and sit on it as if nothing has happened.

    Waajihatul Islaamiyyah (The Islamic Front) is questioning why under the pretext of “State of Affairs” were the same seven (7) Nigerian; referred to above, singled out even though a Venezuelan national was with them at the time addressing his concerns as well. They were indictably charged for unlawful imprisonment when all they were attempting to do was to have their concerns addressed. They were frustrated, unlawfully detained, in a facility with inhumane and unhygienic conditions. Some of these detainees have been detained for at least three to six years.

    Why is a 24-year-old female Venezuelan national; referred to above, being detained at the women’s prison in Arouca, over an entire month without a warrant? (She was never charged nor has she faced a Magistrate).

    On the 26th of June, 2018 an attempt was made by immigration officials to pervert the course of justice by threating the said Nigerians with lengthy detentions if their case against them is not discontinued.

    On the 22nd of August, 2019 another attempt was made by immigration officials to pervert the course of Justice by threating the said Venezuelan girl with deportation if she doesn’t discontinue her matter against them.

    Nine (9) detainees were allegedly beaten, denied medical care and given spoilt food. Ailments of the detainees include eye diseases, kidney, stomach ulcers, mental problems (insanity), scabies, pulmonary tuberculosis, chickenpox, red-eye, rectal bleeding, and severe chronic heart conditions.

    Most of the detainees have been in the detention center for lengthy periods of time and frustrated with anguish in their hearts with no recommended course of action to ensure their freedom. Two detainees have become totally insane; one Nigerian, who had contracted tuberculosis and the other a Senegal national, who was released by order of the court but now roams the street of Port of Spain.

    The building in which these detainees are housed has no ventilation for fresh air and no fans. No toiletries with a high level of infestation. At the EASTERN CORRECTIONAL REHABILITATION CENTER (E.C.R.C) Santa Rosa, male detainees are in the presence of female officers, having to undress before them, this amounts to sexual abuse and violation of their rights. These detainees are harshly mistreated and housed in 20ft and 40ft shipping containers. When it rains, it cascades everywhere and flows right through inside these containers bringing with it snakes, frogs and cockroaches. When the sun is hot it becomes like an oven.

    Waajihatul Islaamiyyah (The Islamic Front) views this as a clear violation of fundamental human rights and human dignity. The continued detention, of these foreign nationals, is malicious and they ought to be released without delay.

    Waajihatul Islaamiyyah (The Islamic Front) is, therefore, calling upon the President, the Prime Minister, the National Security Minister, the Attorney General, and the Chief Justice to address this horrific situation, with a sense of urgency. Trinidad and Tobago are already under the watchful eyes of the International community. This situation has just made it worse. “Justice delayed is justice denied.”

    For Immediate Release:
    Date: August., 26th 2019

    Umar Abdullah
    Head of Waajihatul Islaamiyyah (The Islamic Front)
    Tel: +18687870765/+18683656253


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