The matter relating to the disqualification of Mrs. Lornette “Fyah Empress” Nedd-Reid, from participating in the finals of the Trinidad and Tobago National Calypso Monarch Competition 2017, has been brought to the attention of the Government of St.Vincent and the Grenadines.
The Government is dismayed at this disqualification as there are several grounds on which this disqualification may be challenged.
Firstly, Fyah Empress is a member of the calypsonian organisation and has been allowed to participate through the preliminaries to the semi-finals of the competition, as well as other previous competitions, and there is a reasonable expectation that she can go all the way.
Secondly, she is married to a national of Trinidad and Tobago.
Thirdly, she is protected under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC), not to be discriminated on the grounds of nationality. Article 7 of the RTC articulates, "Within the scope of application of this Treaty and without prejudice to any special provisions contained therein, any discrimination on grounds of nationality only shall be prohibited.”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce is in communication with Fyah Empress on an on-going basis so as to keep the matter under review for further action.