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Bahamas Urged to Ease Access to Services for Refugees, Immigrants

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Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis is being urged to ease the access to services to refugees and immigrants in the country who fear coming forward after the passage of Hurricane Dorian. The Family Action Network Movement (FANM) is behind the letter and is also urging a suspension of deportations so those needing assistance do not fear coming forward.

"Access to hurricane relief efforts after a natural disaster is a fundamental human right, seeking these services should never lead to intimidation, detention or deportation," said Marleine Bastien, Executive Director of FANM.

"Consequently, We, the undersigned organizations urge the Prime Minister to put a moratorium on all deportations in addition to waving the legal documents’ requirement for life-saving and other pertinent services. This is the humane, compassionate, and sensible thing to do under these grave circumstances," the organization states.

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