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Senator presses Government to help Shanique Myrie get lawsuit money

Published:Friday | February 21, 2014 | 5:50 PM

Opposition Senator Robert Montague is urging the government to use the available channels to press the Barbados Government to pay damages to Jamaican, Shanique Myrie.



Last October, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) awarded Myrie BBD $75,000 in a lawsuit she brought against that government for breaches of her human rights.



Speaking in the Senate this afternoon Montague expressed concern that Myrie has not yet been paid.



He said the Jamaican government, which was a party to the suit, must step in to protect the interest of the Jamaican.



Meanwhile Montague, says the inaction of Barbados in relation to payments to Shanique Myrie undermines the government's push to have Jamaica adopt the CCJ as its final court of appeal.



Myrie took the Barbados Government to the CCJ alleging that she was discriminated against because of her nationality when she arrived in Barbados on March 14, 2011.



The 25-year-old also claimed she was subjected to a body-cavity search in unsanitary and demeaning conditions before being detained and deported to Jamaica the next day.



The Barbados Government denied the claims and argued at the hearing that the Jamaican woman had been untruthful to Immigration Department officials.



The court however ruled in her favour declaring that the Barbados government breached her right to enter the country under article five of the revised treaty of Chaguaramas.



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