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Shanique Myrie verdict triggers more changes for CARICOM travellers
2013-11-01 12:43:03 | (0 Comments)
Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter
Jamaicans and other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nationals who suffer mistreatment while travelling in the region will soon have additional means to lodge complaints.
Minister with responsibility for information Senator Sandrea Falconer said the CARICOM Secretariat is now working on developing and implementing a complaints form.
Senator Falconer said the form is part of efforts to streamline the handling of complaints by CARICOM nationals who claim that they were mistreated at ports of entry.
The initiative comes in light of the case of Jamaican Shanique Myrie who took the Barbados Government to the Caribbean Court of Justice.
Miss Myrie said she was discriminated against because of her nationality when she arrived in Barbados on March 14, 2011.
She also said she was subjected to a body-cavity search in unsanitary and demeaning conditions before being detained and deported the next day to Jamaica.
The Jamaican Government was an interested party in the case.
The Minister with responsibility with Information, who was responding to questions from opposition senator Robert Montague, said the government cannot direct Barbados to pay the BBD$75,000 awarded by to court to Miss Myrie.
However, she said she believes Barbados will comply with the court order.
Senator Falconer said the Government continues to educate Jamaicans about their rights when they travel aboard.
And she is encouraging Jamaicans to come forward and make formal complaints when they believe those rights are infringed.
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