Deportations to Haiti resume, 112 Haitian nationals to be deported today

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – As political unrest begins to quell in Haiti, 112 Haitian nationals are scheduled to depart New Providence today onboard a Bahamasair flight at 7:00 a.m. en route to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. “This will be the first scheduled repatriation flight into Haiti in weeks after the country experienced recent unrest,” outlined a statement released […]

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Bahamas signs $12 million bilateral agreement with China for economic, technical cooperation

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Government of The Bahamas, via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has signed a $12 million bilateral agreement with the Government of the People’s Republic of China.  The Signing Ceremony took place on Thursday, at the Ministry, and is a commitment from China to provide funds for development projects in the country. Minister […]

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Embassy of The Bahamas in Port-au-Prince, Haiti reopens

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday advised the general public that following the required consultations, the diplomatic and consular staff of the Embassy of The Bahamas in Port-au-Prince have returned to the Haitian capital and have resumed their normal diplomatic functions and consular services. The Ministry said it will continue to […]

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Govt. ministers respond to ongoing unrest in Haiti

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Political unrest continues in Haiti and The Bahamas is on guard for the potential influx of illegal Haitian immigrants, both immigration and foreign affairs ministers confirmed to Eyewitness News Online Monday. The Bahamas embassy ceased operations in Haiti last week and all consular staff were flown back to Nassau. Over the weekend, […]

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Mitchell weighs in on halted deportations to Haiti

NASSAU, BAHAMAS –  Progressive Liberal Party chairman and former minister of foreign affairs, Senator Fred Mitchell, on Monday weighed in on the government’s decision to put a temporary freeze on the deportation of Haitian nationals. A statement released Saturday from the Office of the Prime Minister outlined that due to political unrest and violence in […]

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Immigration apprehends 23 foreign nationals over the weekend

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – In its continued effort to crack down on persons who are residing in The Bahamas illegally, the Department of Immigration apprehended a total of 23 foreign nationals over the weekend in New Providence and on the island of Eleuthera. The Department of Immigration said a total of 11 Haitian nationals and one […]

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Govt. halts deportations to Haiti; RBDF apprehends 64 in Exuma chain

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Due to political unrest and violence in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the Government said it has temporarily ceased all deportations to that impoverished country. A statement released Saturday from the Office of the Prime Minister outlined that the decision follows the temporary closure of The Bahamas Embassy in Port-au-Prince and the recall of all […]

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Sears gives govt. advice to address EU’s listing of The Bahamas

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – After the Bahamas was listed earlier this week by the European Union College of Commissioners as a high-risk country for Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing (AML/CFT) deficiencies, a former attorney general on Thursday cautioned the government against rushing off to the EU’s headquarters in Brussels to make any ‘ill-considered appeasements and […]

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Govt. stands behind Venezuelan vote

Govt. hopes for swift resolution for Venezuelan people   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – As embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro invokes constitutional provisions to assert himself as the country’s legitimate leader over self-declared interim president Juan Guaido, the government of The Bahamas has maintained that its decision to support Guaido is consistent with previous votes relating to […]

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Police report apparent drowning of Canadian tourist at Half Moon Cay

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Police in the capital are investigating an apparent drowning that occurred on Monday, February 11 at Half Moon Cay. According to police reports, shortly before 3:00 p.m. on Monday, an adult Canadian male tourist, who was a passenger on a cruise ship, was discovered unresponsive and floating in waters at Half Moon […]

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Wilson alleges teacher aides, expats being intimidated

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Bahamas Union of Teachers  (BUT) President Belinda Wilson told Eyewitness News Online that there have been many complaints that teacher aides and expatriates within the public school system are not given the respect that they deserve. “It seems as though it’s a growing trend that teacher’s aides and expatriates are being threatened […]

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Unknown smuggling victims laid to rest

A journey that began in Haiti and saw dozens of Haitians board a wooden sloop in search of a better life in The Bahamas, ended in disaster with the bodies of 22 victims laying in caskets yesterday at the Enoch Backford Auditorium on Carmichael Road. “Today is a sad day for all of us,” said […]

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Haitian charge d’Affaires: We will solve this “madness”

Charging that the governments of the Republic of Haiti and Commonwealth of The Bahamas must continue to work together to bring an end to illegal migration amidst the worst migrant boating tragedy on record, Haitian Charge d’Affairs Francois Michel said yesterday that a solution must be found “for this madness”. His comments were made at […]

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More bodies recovered from Haitian vessel

Death toll increases to 32   Two more bodies were found yesterday afternoon among the wreckage of a sunken vessel than ran aground and capsized last Friday, resulting in the deaths of at least 30 Haitian migrants, Eyewitness News Online understands. The latest find pushes the death toll to 32. Authorities pulled two bodies out […]

Haitian govt. requests bodies of deceased migrants

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Haitian government has requested that the government of The Bahamas return the bodies of the 27 migrants who drowned in waters off Abaco after their sloop ran aground and capsized on Friday night, according to Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield. Henfield said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has had continued […]

Immigration head: Persons found culpable in deadly Haitian voyage will be prosecuted

RBDF continues search, high-level meeting held to discuss deaths   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – If persons are found culpable in planning the tragic voyage which led to the death of 27 Haitians over the weekend, they should expect harsh consequences, according to Immigration Director Clarence A. Russell. “Director of Immigration Mr. Clarence A. Russell expressed his […]

Govt. signs MOU with correctional services of Canada

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The government on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Correctional Services of Canada to assist with the transformation of the Bahamas Department of Corrections from a penal institution to a correctional facility. National Security Minister Marvin Dames said yesterday’s Charter of Commitment signing demonstrates the government’s commitment and focus […]

ORG says CPI rank drop should serve as “wake up call”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Noting that the government tabled legislation early on its term to strengthen its anti-corruption regime, but has failed to debate and pass those bills, Organization for Responsible Governance (ORG) Executive Director Matt Albury said yesterday that The Bahamas’ drop in rank on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2018 should prompt the Minnis […]