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Fire kills 39 Detainees in Mexico  

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By Dana Malcolm 

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#Mexico, March 31, 2023 – A Monday night fire resulted in the death of 39 men including Venezuelans and Guatemalans at a Mexican detention centre on the US-Mexico border. 

Local Mexican newspapers are now reporting that the men were picked up in a raid shortly before the fire broke out. It was set by inmates who lit a mattress in protest after learning they might be deported. Officials are now investigating the response time of the detention centre staff; concerns are they may not have acted quickly enough to rescue the detainees from the burning building.  

The National Institute of Migration (INM), revealed the death count from the March 27 incident early Tuesday morning. ‘At least 29 other migrants were injured and transferred to four local hospitals in “delicate–serious” condition. They did not specify the nationalities of the migrants, or the cause of the fire, only condemning the events that led up to it. 

Guatemalan officials have confirmed  that 28 of the dead were nationals of their country.  

Migrants often flock to border towns in Mexico, with the hope of crossing into the US and getting asylum. 

The US created a new immigration plan in January that would allow 30,000 migrants per month from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, to enter the country and be able to work legally for up to two years.  

The INM is promising that investigations are ongoing both from authorities and the Human Rights Commission. 

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Calls made for reparations tribunal

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Rashaed Esson

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Barbados ambassador to the Caribbean Community, David Comissiong, reportedly called for an international tribunal to seek reparations for the transatlantic slave trade that had milions of Africans forcibly sold into slavery. He was speaking at the third session of the Permanent Forum on People of African Descent (PFPAD) in Geneva, Switzerland on April 17, and he expressed that this is needed as there is currently no international court, to deal with the issues of reparations and that having a tribunal would require positive decision by the UN General Assembly.

In support for Reparatory justice, UN Secretary Antonio Guterres in a video message, addressed the forum while acknowledging that racism is still a major issue today’s society

Comissiong’s view was also supported by other nations at the meeting.

 

 

 

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St Vincent and the Grenadines Cruise Industry Development Efforts

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Rashaed Esson

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St Vincent and the Grenadines is working to expand its cruise tourism industry, joining the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), as a 2024 Destination Development Strategic Partner, as announced at the Seatrade Cruise Global Conference in Miami on April 10.

Minister of Tourism Carlos James, at the Conference, spoke on the significance of the partnership.

“It’s a significant strategic move in terms of working closely with the FCCA, to leverage a lot of the support that they can offer to our island. In fact, some of the reviews that we just had from this recent discussion here at Seatrade, are really valuable about how we can go back home to St Vincent and the Grenadines and further develop our product. It puts us closer with the cruise lines, it puts us closer with a lot of the service providers within the industry,” he maintained.

 

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Jamaica and Bahamas teams named for World Relays

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Rashaed Esson

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The World Relay Championships is coming up and The Bahamas has named its team of 28 members called team 242, according to reports. Jamaica has also named its team of 31. The relays will be held in Nassau, Bahamas at the Thomas Robinson Stadium from May 4 to 5 and about 450 athletes from 36 national teams are expected to compete.

 

 

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