A baby was killed and the mother was injured when Trinidad and Tobago coastguard officers fired on a boat transporting migrants.
“No migrant child should ever die, whether traveling with their parents or alone. No mother wants to put the lives of her children at risk on a small ship in the deep sea, unless she has no other option,” said Jean Gough, regional director for UNICEF in Latin America and the Caribbean.
“Two in three Venezuelans on the move are women and children. This tragic event is a stark reminder that they are the most vulnerable among the vulnerable. They deserve special attention, protection and safety – anywhere and anytime.”
Juan Guaido, leader of the US-backed Venezuelan opposition, on Twitter described the shooting as “unjustified”.
David Smolansky, an exiled opposition leader who coordinates the OAS’ response to Venezuela’s migrant crisis, also called on Trinidad and Tobago to investigate the situation.
Rowley, the Trinidadian prime minister, said he had spoken to Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez and expressed the “deepest sympathy on my own behalf and of all the people of Trinidad and Tobago with respect to the unfortunate loss of life of the baby”.