Caribbean 360 is reporting that Jamaican national Shanique Myrie, 25, and her lawyers are demanding substantial compensation for Myrie’s treatment at Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados on March 14, 2011. Myrie claimed that upon arrival in Barbados she was the target of discrimination and was “subjected to a body cavity search, detained overnight in a cell and deported to Jamaica the following day.” At the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Monday, attorney Michelle Brown argued that Myrie be rewarded damages of close to one million Barbados dollars (US$500,000).
According to Caribbean 360:
Attorney Michelle Brown told the six-member CCJ panel of judges that the regional court should also lay down firm guidelines pertaining to the treatment of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nationals at airports throughout the 15-member regional grouping.
Myrie also claimed that she was subjected to derogatory remarks by a Barbadian immigration officer at the Grantley Adams International Airport and is asking the CCJ to determine the minimum standard of treatment applicable to CARICOM citizens moving around the region.
On September 27 last year, Jamaica was granted leave to intervene in the matter.
Read more at Caribbean 360.
This news brief was written by Kaitlin Higgins, editorial assistant for The Burton Wire.