March 29, 2011

Caricom must deal with free movement

TUE, MARCH 29, 2011 - 11:00 AM

Prominent Caribbean academic and political scientist, Professor Neville Duncan, is calling on Caribbean Community (CARICOM) governments to make a definitive statement on the issue of free movement within the region.

His statement follows the decision of the Jamaica government to take claims of by one of its nationals that she was sexually and verbally abused by Barbadian customs and immigration officials to the meeting of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Council meeting this week.

In addition, the National Security Minister, Dwight Nelson, has written to Public Defender, Earl Witter, asking him to intervene in the issue after the woman, Shanquie Myrie, claimed she had been subjected to sexual and verbal abuse at the hands of the authorities at the Grantley Adams International airport last week.

But Parliamentary Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, Harry Husbands, who has responsibility for Immigration, said there was no record of Myrie being searched by either immigration or customs officers and that a full statement would be issued after more investigations.

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