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The United Nations Committee for the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers Wednesday expressed "great concern" over the recent death of at least twelve Haitian migrants passing through Nicaragua after allegedly being abused by police.

The agency has highlighted its concern at reports of use of force by the police and the army when dealing with thousands of Cuban, Haitian as well as other migrants from African countries, trying to reach the United States. The committee, composed of independent experts, has called on the Government to ensure that its immigration measures do not affect the human rights of migrant workers and their families.

Finally the agency has called for a thorough investigation into the recent deaths of these migrants, most likely caused by ill-treatment at the borders, also asking that such cases be prevented.