“[…] The children were treated in a cruel, inhumane and unusual way. It is utterly ridiculous for Stuart Young to pull some verbal sleight of hand, arguing that they were ‘escorted’ and not ‘deported’…”
The following Letter to the Editor on the deportation of 16 Venezuelan children was submitted to Wired868 by Dr Russell D Lutchman MRC Psych LLB (Hons) Dip Mgmnt Cert Soc Sci HRD (Amnesty International), who is a consultant forensic psychiatrist in the UK:
I have to tell you that for the fifth time in the last five years, I am totally ashamed to be a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago. It matters not that I reside in England.
When I read about the treatment of several Venezuelan children—one just four months old—I felt sick. I couldn’t have cared less if they were immigrants, asylum seekers or illegal.
Boss, ah cyah express mehself if ah doh talk in Trini. Ah vex! Give meh a lil space as I dispense with dee Queen’s English.
Yuh doh treat people soooo! Yuh do not treat helpless children in dat way—throw dem on a fishing boat and set dem out on rough seas. Ah mean who was jumping out to save de four-month old if she or he fell into de ocean?! Dis ting is pure nonsense! No man, I eh having it!
I couldn’t believe meh eyes when I viewed photographs of some fella holding de four-month old up, coming off de fishing boat in high water.
The children were treated in a cruel, inhumane and unusual way. It is utterly ridiculous for Stuart Young to pull some verbal sleight of hand, arguing that they were ‘escorted’ and not ‘deported’. He is a lawyer, so what?
Mr Young, does the law and politics rob you of your ability to feel shame? I have to wonder.
In England, we saw similar legal sleight of hand by Dominic Cummings (the prime minister’s chief adviser) who tried to justify breaking Covid-19 restrictions to argue that when his eyesight was failing, he had to take a drive to a castle to test out his eyesight. The whole of the UK was totally flabbergasted at the audacity of such an idiotic explanation.
The children—whether illegal or not, whether citizens or not—have several rights protected by the constitution of Trinidad and Tobago, and several treaties to which T&T signed up to.
So, how can Young pull some argument to justify what happened? He can’t; and his cerebral diarrhoea is ill-becoming of a minister of national security with overall responsibility for this matter. The buck stops with him.
He would be making a bigger fool of himself if he continues along his chosen line. But, he doesn’t seem to care. He must have skin like crapaud leather.
The State of Trinidad and Tobago has to take responsibility for the prima facie breach of the Venezuelan children’s rights! Mr Young, take my advice and do the honourable thing: apologise to these children now, and cough up some generous compensation, along with a commitment to respect their rights! No delay.