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Jun 13, 2022

The Judge Has Ruled; the State Did Not Violate the Cubans’ Rights

A case that has been ongoing since March of this year, brought by seven Cubans against the state on grounds that their fundamental human rights were violated while in detention has come to an end. Today, Justice Lisa Shoman found that the seven Cubans, whose case was presented by the Human Rights Commission of Belize, had no legal basis. Justice Shoman ruled that there is need to ensure that the removal order for the Cubans be effected as soon as is practical by the state. Also, that the Cuban prisoner who has two children in the custody of the Human Services Department be allowed to have daily video calls with her daughters and weekly visits with them until they are removed from Belize. Justice Shoman pointed out that this case was not about when or where the Cubans will be taken when they are removed from Belize. They, through the Human Rights Commission, had intended to seek asylum in Belize, but a number of errors were contained in affidavits filed by the Commission and their case collapsed midway. The Cubans were initially arrested and charged in February when they were found to have entered Belize illegally. They were fined and all managed to pay the one-thousand-dollar fine but in the process, they filed their application. Throughout their case they indicated that they did not wish to return to Cuba for fear that they would be harmed for protesting against the Cuban government. Now that the court has ruled, the state will decide when the Cuban will be removed from Belize.

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