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Windrush campaign group calls for greater transparency

CONCERNED: Campaign group Windrush Movement is calling on the Jamaican government to be more transparent over the situation

A GROUP campaigning for victims of the Windrush immigration scandal to get justice is calling on the Jamaican government to be more transparent.

Windrush Movement has written to Jamaica’s prime minister, Andrew Holness, in relation to a number of concerns that members of the Jamaican diaspora in the UK have over the treatment of the Windrush generation.

Desmond Jaddoo, the chairman of the organisation, told The Gleaner that Windrush Movement had repeatedly tried and failed to get a response from officials in Jamaica about the reported existence of a memorandum of understanding between the two countries that facilitates easier deportations of Jamaicans.

"I find this quite amazing, owing to the impact it has been having on the diaspora community. To date, the government of Jamaica has remained silent, and the Windrush Movement, while holding the UK Government to account, sees the need to also seek transparency and accountability from the Jamaican government," Jaddoo told the publication.

Three people identified as having been wrongly deported from the UK to Jamaica have been found to have died, Kamina Johnson-Smith, the Jamaican foreign minister, confirmed last August.

Jaddoo added: "It is essential that we provide a safe and trusted environment not only here in the UK, but also in Jamaica, where those affected can have the confidence to come forward in order to have the injustice that they have suffered remedied.

"In the meantime, the British government is currently developing at an advanced stage their compensation programme, and we must ensure that all those affected both at home and abroad are properly compensated for the pain that they have had to endure.”

Out of the Caribbean nations affected by the Windrush immigration scandal, Jamaica has the highest number of individuals who have been documentation confirming their status since the Windrush taskforce was established, according to Home Office correspondence.

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