Human Rights Commission: Halt Deportations To Haiti

MIAMI (CBS4) — The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is urging the United States to stop deporting Haitians who are seriously ill or who have family members in this country.

In a statement Friday, the Washington-based commission said deporting sick Haitians could jeopardize their lives because of the unhealthy conditions in the Haitian jails where they would be detained after arriving.

The commission says deportations to Haiti should stop until conditions improve in the Caribbean country. It also says the U.S. deportation process should take into account the deportees’ family ties in the U.S.

The U.S. resumed deportations of convicted criminals to Haiti last month. One deportee died after suffering cholera-like symptoms in a Haitian jail.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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