Jamaica's Opposition wants immigration conflict sent to CCJ

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 20:00

Jamaica's Opposition wants the Government to take cases of Jamaicans who have been illegally denied entry to Trinidad and Tobago to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), the Jamaica Gleaner is reporting.

The newspaper quotes Opposition spokesman on foreign affairs, Anthony Hylton, as saying the government must show that it is serious about protecting the rights of Jamaicans when they are breached.

Hylton told a news conference that the opposition is alarmed at the recent treatment of Jamaicans who sought to enter Trinidad.

According to him, it appears that the denial of entry of Jamaicans breached the rules of free movement guaranteed to CARICOM nations.

Jamaica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade has been in talks with its counterpart in Trinidad and Tobago over the denial of entry of a dozen Jamaicans recently.

The Jamaicans alleged that they were unjustly refused entry and were mistreated before being deported.

The opposition spokesman says a stronger signal must be sent by the Jamaican government that it would not allow the breach of the rights of its citizens when they seek to enter Trinidad or any other CARICOM country.

Source: http://jamaica-gleaner.com

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