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Opposition wants gov't to take free movement claims against T&T to CCJ

Published:Wednesday | April 20, 2016 | 9:28 AM

The Opposition wants the Government to take on cases of Jamaicans who have been illegally denied entry to Trinidad and Tobago or other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states and bring claims to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).

Opposition spokesman on foreign affairs Anthony Hylton said the government must show that it is serious about protecting the rights of Jamaicans when they are breached.

Speaking a press conference yesterday, Hylton said the opposition is alarmed at the recent treatment of Jamaicans who sought to enter Trinidad.

PHOTO: Opposition spokesman on foreign affairs Anthony Hylton.

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 the twin-island republic 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, claims which have been denied by Trinidad. 

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.


Opposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs, Anthony Hylton

Hylton said the government must give the nation clear timelines on when discussions between itself and its Trinidadian counterpart will be concluded and the measures which are to be put in place to address the issue.