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Justice for the deportees

Published:Tuesday | October 20, 2020 | 12:09 AM


It is unfortunate that a number of persons have been deported to Jamaica. These are people who found themselves in trouble with law-enforcement officials, mainly in the United States and the United Kingdom. Some of them were mere children when they left Jamaica and do not have any connection with the country other than their birth certificates. This is unfortunate, and I wondered what type of inhumane laws govern the deportation of people? In sending persons who have no prior knowledge of a country to come home and live fruitful lives, seems to be a travesty of justice within a judicial system without jurisprudence.

These young adults have been robbed of their dignity and pride. Because, if you put yourself in a situation like this, it would be a hard pill to swallow. Most of them literally have no family here, so they have to fend for themselves, through adverse situations. Year after year, there does not seem to be anything concrete being done to address this problem. It is very important that strong steps are taken to find a solution to this problem.

The foreign ministry should initiate a dialogue with both US and UK to address this issue at a top priority. Deportation does not solve any problems, instead it heaps misery on those who are subjected to it. The human rights of the people who have been deported have been violated, they need better treatment. They need justice.