Monday 24 September, 2018

CARICOM urged to seek justice for Windrush Generation

(FILE PHOTO)

(FILE PHOTO)

The unsettling situation involving thousands of Caribbean born Britons who have been facing the possibility of deportation, has prompted social activist, David Comissiong to call on CARICOM to lend support to these ones.  

In a letter penned to CARICOM Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Comissiong said three civil society groups, the Clement Payne Movement of Barbados, the Caribbean Chapter of the International Network In Defense of Humanity, and the Pan African Coalition of Organizations (PACO), have taken an interest in the "racist infringement" those of the Windrush Generation have been enduring.  

Out of a 'Community Grounding', Comissiong said a number of "findings, opinions and recommendations" will be put forward to CARICOM, who they believe should take a collective position of the plight of the Windrush generation.  

"CARICOM is obligated to take a collective position in relation to the plight of the members of the so-called “Windrush Generation” who have been subjected in the UK to a systematic state-orchestrated racist campaign of unlawful deportations, detentions in custody, denial of medical and other social services, and denial of the right to gainful employment." 

Comissiong also noted the persecution by the British government has not only resulted in physical and mental illness "but also in actual cases of death".  

He said CARICOM should seek a form of reparatory justice for those who have been wronged and require the British government to:

"... genuinely apologize to the victims; to immediately bring a halt to the injurious racist policies and practices; to put in place alternative and remedial policies and practices that are designed to genuinely assist the affected group with confirmation and certification of their legal status within the UK ; to immediately extend to deportees the right of return to the UK at the expense of the British government; and to financially compensate all  victims for the injuries and damage suffered." 

Comissiong also suggested CARICOM lend its support to the grassroots organizations in the UK who are presently fighting for the rights of the Windrush generation as these ones are "up against a very powerful foe".