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News Report cites Bahamas refugee laws lacking, UNHCR to help



#Bahamas, August 17, 2017 – Nassau – The United Nations Human Rights Commission is telling a local newspaper that Bahamas laws are lagging when it comes to how legitimate refugees are handled; and it is leading to outrageously lengthy detention times for those who rightly fall into the category.   The Tribune reports that this is a twenty year old problem, and despite the fact that The Bahamas has signed onto the conventions since 1993, which would necessitate these laws, the legal framework is simply absent.

UNHCR Assistant Protection Officer, Deneisha Moss Balboni said, “…if you look at the people who are admitted into a process and have access to UNHCR, there are still ongoing gaps because there are no guarantees under Bahamian law for people who are recognized as refugees.    So things that are protections that are provided for in the refugee convention that people don’t have access to, for example the right to be issued ID documents and whatever necessary residence permit to facilitate a refugee’s continued stay in a country of asylum, or a right to gainful employment so they could become self-sufficient or the right to access basic healthcare and education.”

No law it seems, equates to no respect for the right of that UNHCR refugee and for 12 detainees at the Carmichael Road detention center, who were recently released it meant being held for years and years and years without any criminal charge.   Bascially, local laws should allow the proven refugee to have freedom of movement.

Moss Balboni reports that the Government is prepared to fill the legislative gaps with some formal mechanisms, adding that as an advisor for the United Nations, her outlook for the future is bright as The Bahamas aims to get this right.


Photo Credit: The Tribune

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Former Olympian Pauline Davis presents books to Ministry of Education



By: Kathryn Campbell

Bahamas Information Services


#TheBahamas, May 24, 2022 – Olympian Pauline Davis presented 450 copies of her book, ‘Running Sideways: The Olympic Champion Who Made Track and Field History’ to the Ministry of Education, and Technical and Vocational Training, Monday, May 23, 2022.

“My story shares some of the ups and downs, the challenges and sacrifices that go into success,” said Ms. Davis. “It is my hope that the students of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas would find the time to read the book and in some way be encouraged, inspired to achieve their dreams and in the process make their contribution to nation building.

“The story confirms that it does not matter where you start in life, all that matters is how you finish.”

She said, each and every single one of us has a role to play in the building of our great Bahamaland, “not just here in The Bahamas, in the region, but most importantly the world.”

The two-time gold medalist expressed appreciation to the Bahamas Government and the people of The Bahamas for their generosity to her.

The Hon. Zane Lightbourne, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, and Technical & Vocational Training accepted the books on behalf of the Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin, Minister of Education, and Technical & Vocational Training, Monday, May 23, 2022 at a ceremony at the Ivy Dumont Building, University Drive.

State Minister Lightbourne thanked Ms. Davis for her “authentic” Bahamian story of tribulations, trials and triumphs.

The Hon. Mario Bowleg, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture participated in the ceremony. Also in attendance: Lorraine Armbrister and Eugene Poitier, Permanent Secretaries; Dr. Marcellus Taylor, Director; Montez Williams, Undersecretary; Magistrate Linda Virgil, family and friends of Ms. Davis.

The 285-page memoir of the former Bahamian sprinter, a “gift” of World Athletics (formerly International Amateur Athletic Federation), will be distributed to public schools throughout the country.



BIS Photos/Kristaan Ingraham


Header: Pauline Davis presents a copy of her book to the Hon. Mario Bowleg, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Monday, May 23, 2022 at the Ivy Dumont Building.

1st insert: Pauline Davis, Olympian, speaks about her book at a presentation ceremony Monday, May 23, 2022.

2nd insert: The Hon. Zane Lightbourne, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, and Technical and Vocational Training accepts the 285-page memoir of Pauline Davis during a ceremony Monday, May 23, 2022.


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#TheBahamas, May 24, 2022 – The Ministry of Health & Wellness advises the public that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised that the COVID-19 Travel Health Advisory for the Bahamas will be moved from level two (2) moderate to level three (3) high.

The CDC level three (3) rating advises international travelers to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines before coming to The Bahamas.  It also advises that even if COVID19 vaccines are up to date there may still be a risk for getting and spreading COVID-19.  Proper mask wearing for anyone two (2) years or older is recommended for indoor public spaces and requirements for this country should be followed.

Bahamians and residents are urged to continue to follow the COVID-19 safety protocols which help to limit the spread of the virus.  Persons can also guard themselves from severe COVID-19 infection by getting the COVID-19 vaccine, 1st and 2nd boosters and extended series doses for persons who are moderately to severely immunocompromised.  Appointments can be made online at or walk-ins are welcomed at vaccination sites.

Persons with mobility challenges may request a home visit by emailing


Release: BIS

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Western Air Makes Inaugural Flight Between Nassau and Fort Lauderdale



International service is the first for Bahamas based airline that started nearly 21 years ago


#TheBahamas, May 22, 2022 – Bahamian owned and operated commercial airline, Western Air, took a long runway into the international friendly skies yesterday when it made its first flight between Nassau and Fort Lauderdale, Florida as another airline alternative for travellers. The 50-seater Embraer ERJ145 Jet took off from Lynden Pindling International Airport at 11 a.m. en route to Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport, a first in the airline’s almost 21-year existence.

Dr. Kenneth Romer, Deputy Director General and Acting Director of Aviation, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation (BMOTIA), lead officials and media welcoming the first passengers during the inaugural ceremony at Terminal 1, Concourse C. A special guest who also travelled on the inaugural flight was Anne-Marie Davis, wife of Prime Minister of The Bahamas the Honorable Philip Davis. The ceremony kicked off with the disembarkation of passengers on the inaugural flight, who were greeted in the terminal by the rhythmic sounds of Junkanoo, a Bahamian cultural celebration, complete with cowbells, pulsating beats of goatskin drums, and whistles.

Western Air will operate daily jet service on its new international route into Fort Lauderdale providing an incentive of no change or cancellation fees, with all tickets being valid up to six months. In the coming weeks, the air carrier is expected to expand service from Freeport on Grand Bahama Island into Fort Lauderdale as well.

Headquartered at the San Andros International Airport on the island of Andros, Western Air was founded in 2001 by Captain and Flight Instructor Rex Rolle and his wife, Shandice Rolle. Their daughter Sherrexcia “Rexxy” Rolle is the Vice President of Operations.

Press Release: MOTIA

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