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Respect CARICOM nationals

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Tue Sep 09, 2014

Editor: It seems as if the immigration officers in the region have little or no regard for the Treaty of Chaguaramas and the recent decision by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in the Shanique Myrie case, as recently a law student from Guyana was denied entry into Trinidad and Tobago to pursue studies at the Hugh Wooding Law School (HWLS).{{more}}

I read with great concern how the law student was humiliated at the Piarco Airport and was denied entry because there was no proof that she was a student of the HWLS or that she was eligible to be admitted as a student.

I am of the view that even if she was unable to prove that she was a legitimate law student who is to enter the HWLS, she is a citizen of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and she should have been allowed entry especially since she offered to buy a return ticket to her homeland.

I think that Caricom governments and the Guyana Government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Attorney General, should strongly protest to the Kamla Persad Bissessar’s administration and ensure that the student be admitted into the country as soon as possible before the commencement of classes at the law school. It is high time that immigration authorities treat other CARICOM nationals with respect and dignity.

Oscar Ramjeet

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