UN official urges halt in deportations to Haiti

MIAMI — The U.N. Independent Expert on human rights in Haiti wants to suspend deportations to the Caribbean country. In a report issued this month, Michel Forst said deportations from U.N. member countries put deportees in a “vulnerable, life-threatening position” and add to Haiti's burdens. Forst said he also was concerned that the deportations violate the deportees' human rights.

Forst compiled his report with information provided by the U.S., Mexico, the United Kingdom, Brazil, France and eight other countries. According to the report, the U.S. said it deported 376 Haitians in 2011. The U.S. returned another 1,137 Haitians picked up at sea in the 2011 fiscal year.

Forst wants the U.S. and other countries to stop returning Haitians under any circumstance and to fast-track visas for Haitians waiting to join relatives abroad. (AP)