“Joining The CCJ Is A Step Forward” – Shanique Myrie
Shanique Myrie, the Jamaican woman who successfully sued Barbados in the Caribbean Court of Justice, has called for Jamaica to join the appellate jurisdiction of the regional court. Ms. Myrie, who had accused Barbados of breaching her right to free movement when it denied her entry in 2011, is often touted as evidence of the CCJ’s ability to serve Jamaica well. As Myrie readies herself to enter representational politics, she has weighed in on the suitability of the Court for Jamaica. She says any self-respecting people should seek to establish their own institutions.
According to Myrie, Caribbean nationals have aided in the establishment of many international bodies and it would be a shame for the region not to support its own final court.
Shanique Myrie speaking to Talk Jamaica Radio host Ralston Chamberlain
She says the move towards accepting the CCJ is another step forward in a process that began in 1958 with the West Indies Federation.
The Jamaica Labour Party leader, Andrew Holness, has accused the government of attempting to use the CCJ as a means of reviving the failed dream of integration. Myrie recently applied to represent the PNP in a division in the JLP leader’s constituency. The full interview with Shanique Myrie can be heard on Talk Jamaica this Sunday June 28 at 4p.m.