The foreign affairs ministry says it is interfacing with the authorities in Trinidad about the denial of entry to a number Jamaicans, to that country.
The ministry says it is aware that over the past several weeks a significant number of Jamaicans has been denied entry into the twin island republic and returned to Jamaica within days.
This was done on the grounds, that the immigration authorities in Trinidad have deemed them ineligible to be landed as bonafide visitors.
The foreign affairs ministry says it is concerned at this development and continues to interface with the relevant authorities in Trinidad on the matter. This in the light of the Shanique Myrie ruling by the Caribbean Court of Justice.
A statement from the foreign affairs ministry says when the incidents have been brought to the attention of the Jamaican High Commission it has sought to ensure that those to be returned are properly accommodated prior to their removal to Jamaica. The ministry says a few Jamaicans have reported the incidents to the ministry of in Kingston and the Jamaican High Commission in Trinidad and Tobago.
In those instances the High Commission has been instructed to obtain clarification and information from the Trinidad and Tobago authorities. In some cases, the intervention of the high commission has resulted in a reversal of the original decision. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is urging Jamaicans who believe that their rights under the CSME regime have not been upheld or if they have received treatment in another CARICOM member state that they consider to be not in accordance with the spirit and letter of the revised Treaty of Chaguaramas to make a report to the nearest Jamaican High Commission or consulate or to the ministry of foreign and foreign and foreign trade.
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