More than 150 Cuban nationals who are protesting outside the United Nations offices on Chancery Lane, Port of Spain say they simply want to live in a country where their human rights are respected.
Many of them arrived here about 3 and a half years ago on a tourist visa…their visas have since expired and they have applied for refugee status.
They have returned to camping out on the sidewalk outside the UN building, after having been housed by the Refugee Ministry of the Living Waters Community, protesting during the day and sleeping there at night.
One of those migrants, Osmel, spoke to News Power Now’s Paul Richards and told him of his plight.
He says they were forced to leave Cuba because of the political situation in the country.
Osmel explained that all the migrants want is for the UN to intervene and grant them safe travels and refugee status in any country possible so that they can enjoy the rights afforded to any human being.
Now they are even more eager to have this situation addressed after they were robbed by three gun-toting bandits early Tuesday morning.
They say…the UN needs to act quickly to address their situation.
The migrants were scheduled to have a meeting with UN officials to address their status and hold discussions on the way forward.
They have vowed not to leave until the UN provides them with a solution.