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1996 Bahamas

According to Countryaah.com, during 1995, a major trade in hotels took place from the Association of Hotels to foreign investors. The main problem facing the government is the unemployment and the presence of several thousands of Haitian and Cuban refugees. A repatriation agreement with Haiti succeeded, but the Cubans rejected such an agreement and demanded to be transferred to the United States.

In January of the following year, a solution to the conflict could be seen when the Bahamas signed an agreement with Cuba, according to. which the Cubans who stayed in the refugee camps in the Bahamas should return to their homeland. During 1996, 250 Cubans living in these refugee camps, as well as another 70 living illegally with sympathizers, were sent back to Cuba. According to the Bahamas government. the agreement received guarantees that the Cuban authorities would treat the deportees favorably. For the first time in 12 years used to statutory possibilities of imposing the death penalty, and in March 1997 two convicted hanged. The same month's election was won by the National Freedom Movement, which got 35 seats, while the Progressive Liberal Party had to settle for 5. Hubert Ingraham was re-elected prime minister.

Religious leaders publicly protested against the visits of gay tourists in February 1998, prompting a British government spokesman to turn to any discriminatory measures in the Bahamas.

In September 1999, the Bahamas was hit by Hurricane Floyd, the worst in previous decades. Tens of thousands of people were evacuated and the winds that ravaged the country for 12 hours reached a speed of 240 km/h. They ravaged entire districts, destroyed ships and severed ties with Nassau. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham subsequently fled the affected areas together with US Ambassador Arthur Schechter.

Despite a request for pardon from a number of international human rights organizations, on January 6, 2000, a man convicted of the murder of a German tourist couple was hanged. Amnesty International once again called on Governor Orville Alton Turnquest to follow international treaties and put an end to executions, and to analyze the abolition of the death penalty forever.

 

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