Shanique Myrie ‘finger rape’ case shows CARICOM doesn’t really exist now – and probably never will

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Caribbean Court of Justice considers the Shanique Myrie case

Sir Ronald Sanders has written an excellent article about the state of CARICOM when subjected to the cold light of what happened to Shanique Myrie. Well worth your time…

Since the establishment of CARICOM in 1973, tens of thousands of CARICOM nationals have travelled in its member states with no difficulty. However, a significant number have complained of discrimination by immigration officials at the point of entry of several Caribbean countries – some, even when they are travelling on Canadian, US and European Union passports.

All of this has raised questions about the value and relevance of CARICOM to the citizens of its 15 member countries. Indeed, these events have created resentment and an inclination to dismiss CARICOM as nothing but a government ‘talking shop’. The governments themselves have not done enough to address the problem, which if a solution is not found, will undermine the worth of CARICOM to many of its citizens.

from Bajan Reporter’s Eyeing the case before the Caribbean Court of Justice by Sir Ronald Sanders

Further Reading about Shanique Myrie

BFP, March 24, 2011 – Jamaican women welcome in Barbados if they submit to a finger up their vagina?

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14 responses to “Shanique Myrie ‘finger rape’ case shows CARICOM doesn’t really exist now – and probably never will

  1. Tony Webster

    Excellent article, but hold on…we have known for a long time that CARICOM is like the walking dead. The question is: What, exactly, are we going to do to fix it? Another conference?

  2. Well Well

    There has always been discriminatory treatment meted out by Caricom countries against their own, the consensus is that tourists are whites only and blacks in the Caribbean should continually and consistently treat each other as runaway slaves. These nasty and counterproductive attitudes are encouraged by the governments and tourism authorities. Blacks coming out of Europe and North America are also treated with indifference and disdain by these ignorant asses. Hopefully, this recession will break the back of this evil practice.

  3. Dessalines

    A 22 year old Jamaican girl travels for the first time to a strange country to spend two weeks with a strange woman – one Ms Pamela Clarke – a stranger whom she has never met. Barbados immigration calls Ms Clarke to confirm Myrie’s story only to learn that she is sick and unable to meet her and is sending a man called Daniel (also unknown to Myrie) to receive her. Daniel it turns out is a suspected human trafficker who doubles as a ‘bouncer’ at a strip club in Barbados. The immigration officers suspects Ms Myrie of being a potential victim of human trafficking and refuses her entry to Barbados. This version of the events is corroborated by both Myrie and Barbados immigration officials and although she claims her passport was originally stamped for a month’s stay the authorities reserve the right to do a secondary interrogation. I personally have been through one in the UK.

    What happened next depends on whom you believe – Myrie claims she was violated and Barbados officials denies this. In my opinion this is what the CCJ has to rule on. The Jamaican lawyers claim that her denial of the right to entry was unjustifiable, arbitrary and discriminatory is baseless. Only Barbadians have a right to enter Barbados, for every other nationality entry is a privilege for which you need to qualify the treaty notwithstanding. Myrie simply did not qualify for entry. Human and drug trafficking is still a reality and nationals of countries where both these ills are sadly prevalent are as a result given a closer look by border agents.

    Ron Saunders opines that the ruling will help Caricom understand it’s obligations to the people of Caricom. I disagree. The treaty clearly states what Caricom’s obligations are and we do not need another ruling, seminar, workshop, talkshop or heads of government meeting to understand this. What the CCJ should concern itself with is if Myrie human rights were violated as she claims by the immigration officers and rule accordingly.

  4. Well Well

    Apparently some people don’t know the mentality as they are pretending to, why pretend to be stamping out human trafficking which we who visit Bim often, know it’s a lie, but then proceed to physically assault a young woman without proof she committed or was about to commit a crime or become a victim, which she did under the same idiots who were pretending to prevent it. Go to any of the thousands of strip clubs, including private homes, now permeating Bim and see where most of the very young ladies originated, they all passed through that same airport and faced the same officers who are supposedly so caring about human trafficking. A gentleman witnessed at one of these strip clubs police dressed in uniform entering the strip joint, cavorting with the stripper, drinking beer, getting their lapdances and wuk ups, there are those officers who are known to be involved. So please, if you are not aware of what is really going on in Bim, do some research.

  5. Well Well

    There was a recent report that clearly states Barbados is one of the few countries that do very little about human trafficking just as they do very little about money laundering among the so called elite. What that tells . Ime is the culprits don’t like competition. If they cannot get a cut or a kickback, they will pretend to uphold the law.

  6. Dessalines

    Another burning question is after Myrie was sent back home and the media firestorm erupted – how is it that her ‘friends’ in Barbados never stood up for her. Where is Pamela Clarke and Daniel in all this. Why haven’t they filed a complaint on Myrie’s behalf? I know if I had met someone online and invited them to spend time with me and they were abused by the hands of immigration and refused entry I would be raising hell. Why the silence? Are they going to be called as witnesses in the case? Questions, questions questions.

  7. just want to know

    I am not a Barbadian, I travel regularly and was never abused by immigration. Every traveler know if they travel to places unknown, do what is right don’t try to mislead the custom officer. I have had my bags searched, and dogs came smelling up my crutch and ass but I nothing to fear, because there was nothing for me to declare, and was allowed through; so my point in this is that the woman gave the custom office reasonable doubt, and they exercise their right. To me this woman if a liar, and need to be prosecuted. Hope she will pay for all the expense she is causing.

  8. The Watcher

    If people mis-use Caricom as a means to further their own personal selfish goals and ambitions, or as a means of violating the laws of another Caricom state, I have no issue with it not existing for those purposes.
    Caricom isn’t equitably funded or supported and naturally so. All states cant put the same amount of resources into the pot as they all don’t have equal resources to contribute. But those who are purely parasitic, I’d say amputate them and let the others go on.
    Barbados has to stop playing “nice guys”. We, the public and citizens of this land, I dare say “This Great Land” want it to be so!

  9. sith

    @ well well

    I copy and paste your quote..

    Go to any of the thousands of strip clubs, including private homes, now permeating Bim and

    U serious…How many thousands is that? 1000, or 10,000 or are you kidding?

  10. Well Well

    I kid you not, from what I understand it’s right now a very lucrative source of income for all the parties involved, and very few of the young strippers are bajan, this falls under the heading of human trafficking. It’s such a well established business that you will find private homes have managed to put some of the strip clubs out of business. You can find upwards of 2000 of these individuals running racket.

  11. Mark Fenty

    I’ve often heard the antiquated perennial dictum, that Barbados has done so much for the Caribbean. But, I’m yet to be convince of this very crucial role Barbados has been playing in the Caribbean.

  12. The watchman

    CARICOM is a joke. Like the Federation of the West Indies is is due to die as well. It is impossible to keep these former slaves together. Negroes cannot be controlled. They are too dangerous, ignorant and violent.

  13. Anthony W

    If establishing CARICOM is so problematic, because of nationalistic tendencies of some of the Islands, with BIM apparently leading the charge to discriminate against fellow WI citizens of colour, then why do we not all agree to exclude such countries from the agreement?
    Then countries such as BIM can refuse entry to whom they chose and accept that their citizens will require visas to travel to other CARICOM member states and pay duties on exports to other such states that would reflect that they are outside the tent. Please correct me if I am wrong, but apparently it was not so long ago that blacks found it difficult to book rooms in some hotels in BIM, if this is true, then the old saying that you can move an individual from the plantation, but it is quite difficult to remove the plantation from them, still apply in spades to my fellow black West Indians in BIM

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