KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Representatives from the different arms of the Transport Ministry met with the Jamaica Association for Transport Owners and Operators (JATOO) on Tuesday in a bid to decide on a "collective way forward".
In a release late Tuesday, the Ministry said minister without portfolio Dr Morais Guy directed that ...more »
THE Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is today expected to hand down its judgement in the Shanique Myrie case.
Myrie is claiming damages against the Barbadian Government after she said she was subjected to a dehumanising cavity search and verbal abuse upon her arrival at the Grantley Adams International Airport in that island in March 2011.
The ruling is scheduled to be handed down via videoconferencing to Jamaica and Barbados as the court is headquartered in the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
Myrie also said she was locked up in an filthy cell with another Jamaican woman before being deported to Jamaica the following day, despite not being cited for breaking any law.
Lawyers representing Myrie are claiming BD$1 million (J$5 million) in compensation for moral and punitive damages to their client who, they said, was discriminated against because of her nationality.
The attorneys also requested that the CCJ outline precise guidelines regarding the treatment of Caribbean Community (Caricom) nationals at airports throughout the 15 countries in the community.
Myrie has asked the CCJ to determine, under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, the minimum standard of treatment applicable to Caricom citizens moving throughout the region.
She said that the treatment she received at the hands of the Barbadian officials ran contrary to her rights outlined under the revised treaty and obtained permission from the Government of Jamaica to approach the CCJ directly on the matter.
The case caused negotiations between the Jamaican and Barbadian governments and resulted in a flood of Jamaicans coming forward with accusations of Barbadian airport officials treating them shabbily.
Some of the Jamaicans testified at the historic sitting of the CCJ in Jamaica in March this year.
Shanique Myrie (right) and her lawyer
Michelle Brown walk to a sitting of the
CCJ at the Jamaica Conference Centre in
Kingston in March this year.
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