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Letter: The fight for political and economic power is essential to the Jamaican Diaspora
Published on June 15, 2017 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

If you accept a Global Diaspora Migrant Card, which doesn't carry the rights as a passport holder, you may also lose you financial assets if the banks or the National Housing Trust (NHT) fail in Jamaica, owing to the lack of "binding state action" under international law. Issuing a Diaspora Jamaican passport would meet this requirement and be more cost effective and legally binding than a migrant card.

Pursuant to the rules of international law it could be that you have no protection under Jamaica's domestic laws since you could be deemed a dominant and effective national of USA, UK, Canada, without the explicit embodiments and recognition of dual citizenship by the government of Jamaica.

The Global Diaspora Migrant Card according to the Economic Growth Council (EGC) is not a passport and does not give the right to vote. The rights of Diaspora Jamaicans to vote is the only guarantee of governance conditionality, which the IMF, World Bank, and China Exim Bank have all failed to demand from the government in order to protect the people from corruption and mismanagement of the economy.

Case Study: Adam I. Muchmore, Passports and Nationality in International Law, 10 U.C. Davis J. Int'l L. & Pol'y 301, page 347, (2004).

Silbert Barrett
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