CCJ orders Barbados to pay damages to Jamaican woman
The Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Friday ruled that Barbados had breached the right of a Caribbean Community (CARICOM)national who was denied entry into the island back in 2011.
The court also ordered that Barbados pay pecuniary damages to Jamaican Shanique Myrie in the sum of BDS$2, 240 (US$1,120), non-pecuniary damages to the tune of BDS$75,000 (US$37,500), in addition to her legal costs.
Myrie, who had accused Barbadian immigration authorities of carrying out an illegal cavity search on her and refusing to her entry, was seeking a million dollars in compensation.
In a ruling delivered via video conference, the Court ordered Barbados to pay Myrie “reasonable costs” but refused all other declarations and orders sought by Myrie and Jamaica.
Myrie, 25, who had been granted leave by the CCJ to file the action, alleged that when she travelled to Barbados on March 14, 2011 she was discriminated against because of her nationality, subjected to a body cavity search, detained overnight in a cell and deported to Jamaica the following day.
Myrie also claimed that she was subjected to derogatory remarks by a Barbadian immigration officer.
She had asked the CCJ to determine the minimum standard of treatment applicable to CARICOM citizens moving around the region