THE EDITOR, Sir:
I join many in applauding the verdict handed down by the Caribbean Court of Justice in the Shanique Myrie case. It establishes the protocols to be followed by member states of CARICOM in relation to fellow citizens.
Is there an implication here for the way Jamaica treats fellow CARICOM members from Haiti? Do Haitians have the right to come to Jamaica and not face mandatory deportation?
The Dominican Republic is not a full member of CARICOM, but Jamaica could take the lead in arbitrating the treatment of descendants of Haitians in that country. Dom Rep wants to tell more than 20,000 persons - born in that country, grew up there and who speak only Spanish - that they are, in effect, stateless.
Dom Rep is an associate member of CARICOM with an application outstanding for full membership. Is there any leverage we can apply to produce a satisfactory outcome to this impasse? Can Jamaica take the lead in this without first altering the way it treats economic refugees from Haiti, our nearest CARICOM member?