BRONX - Garifuna leaders from several Central American countries came to the Bronx to shed light on human rights violations and the plight of their people. 

The United Garifuna Association held its first annual summit at P.S. 333 on Rev. James A Polite Avenue.

The Garifuna are a group of descendants from Carib, Arawak and African people.

Several speakers took the stage to talk about human rights issues affecting Garifuna people living in Saint Vincent, Honduras, Belize, Nicaragua, Guatemala and the United States.

They say the summit is to bring light to human rights violations against the Garifuna people, but that their goal is to establish their own country.