BLP headed to court

BLP Member of Parliament for St James North, Edmund Hinkson

The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) plans to take Government to court regarding its plans to implement fingerprinting at ports of entry, despite the Freundel Stuart administration’s rescheduling of its implementation date.

Last Friday, Government announced that it had pulled the Immigration (Biometrics) Regulations which it had planned to implement on April 1, with the explanation that the Immigration Department needed time to review legal and other issues raised by objectors, and raise public awareness.

But BLP Member of Parliament for St James North, Edmund Hinkson, told a party rally at Baxter’s and Westbury roads last night that deferment of the regulations was not enough.

“They say they going to consult you, but we ain’t minding that,” Hinkson said. “We still going to court to get the regulations declared unconstitutional, because you can’t prevent Barbadians from leaving Barbados or from coming back into Barbados when they have a right under the Constitution to do so.”

Following Government’s announced plan to implement the regulations at all ports, there were a number of objections, mostly from citizens, who questioned the correctness of Bajans being subjected to fingerprinting and other biometric scans when entering and leaving the island.

“You imagine that you will get fingerprint when you have a right under the constitution to enter Barbados, as a Barbadian, the country of your birth where your navel-string bury,” Hinkson told the party faithful, while adding that the recent withdrawal should be seen as a “partial victory”.

He pointed out that while fingerprinting records are taken of people visiting other countries, that request is not made of persons entering or leaving their homeland, including Americans, “and they are under the greatest security threat in the world”.

Hinkson said the Immigration Department’s promise to give Barbadians more information on the planned measure, “is what they should have done a long time before. Consult the people of Barbados and not treat you like little children.”

Prior to Government’s withdrawal of the measure, Opposition Leader, Mia Mottley, had announced that she and Hinkson were part of a BLP team planning to take the authorities to court to question its constitutionality.

9 Responses to BLP headed to court

  1. Inkwell March 21, 2016 at 5:59 am

    “Hinkson told the party faithful”.

    Mr Editor, I have noticed in more than one recent publication that Barbados Today refers to Barbadians who attend political meetings as the “party faithful”. It is offensive. Many people attend simply to get information.

    • Carson C Cadogan March 21, 2016 at 7:48 am

      But you are still “party faithful”.

  2. jrsmith March 21, 2016 at 6:45 am

    Our Barbados Government have one policy, try this , try that , try ,what ever and see what works , but nothing is working.. is it that our politicians are only rum, corned beef and biscuit politicians.
    For a small island we have in Barbados , a massive non productive political infrastructure , people are been paid for nothing , yet still government is employing consultants for what we don’t know and they are not even been paid, who would be brave enough to expose what is going on in bim..

    People call themselves party faithful and they vote as that, that’s why we are struggling, that’s why the politicians stay in control good or bad..

  3. Kevin Gibson
    Kevin Gibson March 21, 2016 at 9:03 am

    why don’t you take the home owners to court that are take up the beaches on nthe west coast ………… guest not too much bribes will be at hands right!

  4. Henderson Cheltenham
    Henderson Cheltenham March 21, 2016 at 9:48 am

    It seems like the blp want to encourage ignorance in this country,wanna does take what ever the US government does to the Caribbean and don’t make noise,but as soon as the government try to do something to protect our shores wanna got a problem with it,it should,NT be a problem if wanna clean

  5. Lisa Moore
    Lisa Moore March 21, 2016 at 10:09 am

    People tired of theatrics, the people want to know what plans you have to stabilize the economy, if not go back from whence u came. Stupse

  6. Andrew Rudder March 21, 2016 at 11:19 am

    The intent of the Citizens of Barbados by the representatives of the masses should not be of criminalizing natives and nationals but one of brotherhood. Citizens are now guilty before proven innocent; by this insinuation of an act !

  7. jrsmith March 21, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    I am just bothered that nothing is been done to get the economy back on some kind of level..
    To add if the ,US, Canada or the UK, decide to do the same ,finger printing all , no bajan would dare even whistle against it..

  8. Mark Fenty
    Mark Fenty March 21, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Henderson Cheltenham, I hope you do not misconstrue or take affront to my objection to your failure to comprehend the foreeable ramifications of the proposed legistation. Now help me to understand how the proposed piece of legislation makes for good government? When such legislation if enacted will encroach upon the civil liberties of the Barbadian people. And this very legislation wars against a Constitution which specifically states that: ” Parliament may make laws for peace, or order and good government.” The encroachment upon one constitutional rights doesn’t make for good government, by any stretch of the human imagination.


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