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PRESS NOTE on Ms. Kairi Shepherd

Washington, DC
          The case of Ms. Kairi Shepherd has been extensively reported in media in recent days.  In response to questions, the spokesman of the Embassy said the following today (25 May, 2012):-

“The Embassy has seen reports concerning Kairi Shepherd, and has requested the US authorities for facts on this matter.  All the information available to us on this case indicates that it has a clearly humanitarian dimension, that cannot be ignored.  As reports indicate, Kairi Shepherd was brought to the United States after adoption, as a baby, and has known no other home.  Her case deserves to be treated with the utmost sensitivity and compassion, keeping in mind the humanitarian dimension and tenets of universally accepted human rights.”