I am reblogging this post by broadcast journalist Dionne Jackson-Miller, as I only touched on this issue rather superficially in my blog yesterday. This provides good background on what led up to this historic ruling by the Caribbean Court of Justice. Dionne’s blog is definitely worth following! I have learnt a great deal from it.
As most people in the Caribbean know by now, the Caribbean Court of Justice has ruled that the state of Barbados breached the right of entry of Shanique Myrie, a Jamaican (and CARICOM) national, when she tried to visit that country in March 2011. The CCJ awarded her damages of B$75,000.00 in non-pecuniary damages and B$2240.00 in pecuniary damages (damages that can be valued). You can read the ruling here and an executive summary here.
Here are a couple of points to note.
- 1. The Treaty of Chaguaramas established the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Common Market and was signed in 1973. The treaty was revised in 2001 to include the Single Market and Economy. The CCJ emphasized that by virtue of the Revised Treaty, and a 2007 Decision taken by CARICOM Heads of Government, CARICOM nationals now have a right of entry into member states. Yes, a right of…
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