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Haiti Conflict Heats Up, But U.S. Turns Refugees Away

With political tensions and violence in Haiti once again on the rise, a major U.S. refugee group is calling on the Bush administration to stop repatriating Haitians fleeing their homeland on the high seas or within U.S. territorial waters. “The Bush administration has proven it will go farther than any other in trying to keep Haitian asylum seekers from arriving on our shores,” said Wendy Young, a senior official at the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children. “Given the escalating political instability and human rights abuses in Haiti, the United States has a legal and ethical obligation to allow full access to Haitian asylum seekers and to offer protection to those who have a well-founded fear of prosecution,” she added. Full Story

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