Published On: Wed, Jun 12th, 2013

Petition Cubans was not in vain

CubanosWILLEMSTAD – During the visit of the Dutch Minister of Foreign Relations, a group of Cubans made a request for their documents to be processed without them having to leave the country. According to the immigration laws one has to be out of the country in order to have their residence permit request processed.

The migrants cannot return to Cuba as long as their documents are not put in order here in Curacao. That is why a letter has again been sent at the end of May to the Minister of Justice, the Governor and now also to the Department of Foreign Affairs in The Hague. That is why an urgent appeal is made to the authorities, including Foreign Affairs, to do their utmost, on behalf of humanitarian considerations and for practical reasons, to process the residence permit without the impossible demand of having to leave the country.

They cannot go back to their country, nor visit their relatives. Moreover, they have been denied the right to work, to health, to be recognized legally and socially, just to mention some of the major injustices. They are in fact imprisoned in an undocumented stay. Efforts to deport them to their country or a voluntary return, have all failed, because Cuba does not allow its citizens to return.

Their urgent request was not in vain. Minister of Justice, Nelson Navarro gave to order to process the residence permit for about 40 Cubans. They do not have to leave the island.

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