Human Rights

  • Photo of Statement by Chair of CARICOM to Mark CARICOM-Africa Day, 7 September 2022

    Statement by Chair of CARICOM to Mark CARICOM-Africa Day, 7 September 2022

    STATEMENT BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM), HIS EXCELLENCY CHANDRIKAPERSAD SANTOKHI, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SURINAME, TO MARK CARICOM-AFRICA DAY, 7 SEPTEMBER 2022 It is my distinct honour in my capacity as Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), to address the people and governments of CARICOM and Africa…

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  • Photo of Band to gather to protect, empower and uplift all persons with disabilities – says Chair of  Advisory Panel for CARICOM Disabilities

    Band to gather to protect, empower and uplift all persons with disabilities – says Chair of Advisory Panel for CARICOM Disabilities

    The  call of Ms. Kerryann Ifill, Chair of the Advisory Panel for CARICOM Disabilities (APfCD), in a message to observe International Day of Persons with Disabilities today, is for “all governments and citizens of the Region to band to gather to protect, empower and uplift all persons with disabilities who are blessed to live among us!. Ms. Ifill lauded the appointment of  CARICOM…

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  • Photo of Secretary-General highlights Region’s work against Gender-based Violence

    Secretary-General highlights Region’s work against Gender-based Violence

    As the Region joins the global observance of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, progress has been identified in the important area of data collection on discrimination and violence against women and children and the analysis of underlying causes. CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque noted the development in a message to mark the occasion. “I am happy to report…

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  • Photo of CARICOM Special Rapporteur on Disability appointed

    CARICOM Special Rapporteur on Disability appointed

      The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has appointed a Special Rapporteur on Disability, as it works towards an inclusive Region for persons with disabilities.  The Thirty-Fifth Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) – Health, in September 2018, endorsed the recommendation that Senator Dr. Floyd Morris be appointed to the position, and “urged Ministries of Health to facilitate…

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  • Photo of Caribbean ICT Ministers endorse idea for enhancement of Single ICT Space; outline challenges

    Caribbean ICT Ministers endorse idea for enhancement of Single ICT Space; outline challenges

    (St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service) Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 28, 2018 : Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Ministers from across the Caribbean region endorse the idea for enhancement of a Single ICT Space, as it is important to streamline economic development to promote a common identity via travel that facilitates integration of culture. This was echoed during a question…

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  • Photo of Leverage influence to promote HIV prevention – PANCAP Director urges religious leaders

    Leverage influence to promote HIV prevention – PANCAP Director urges religious leaders

    (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat): Director of PANCAP, Dereck Springer recently held discussions with the Inter Religious Organization of Guyana (IRO) on the role of faith leaders in ending AIDS. The Director is advocating for faith leaders to leverage their influence with the communities they serve, youth and vulnerable populations to propagate HIV prevention including testing and other issues related to…

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  • Photo of CCJ affirms Professor Ventose’s right to vote in Barbados

    CCJ affirms Professor Ventose’s right to vote in Barbados

    The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) (on Sunday) ordered that Saint Lucian, Professor Eddy Ventose, is to be added to the register of voters in Barbados. The Court declared that it was satisfied that the legal and regulatory conditions for his registration have been met. The Court then ordered the Chief Electoral Officer, who participated in the hearing, to ensure that Professor…

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  • Photo of [Antigua] Lower House passes “ganja bill”

    [Antigua] Lower House passes “ganja bill”

    A bill to decriminalise up to 15 grammes of cannabis for personal use was passed in the House of Representatives on Tuesday. The Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) bill had its first reading in the House in December, but was subsequently sent to a select committee to allow for more public consultations. That engagement was held on January 23 with recommendations…

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  • Regional Commission on Marijuana holds national consultations in Guyana

     Guyana will host  consultations surrounding the use of marijuana on 6 November 2017; as part of the Caribbean Community’s  call for” careful in-depth research” to inform decision-making on the issue. The Regional Commission on Marijuana, established by CARICOM Heads of Government, will hold a number of focus groups with Youth, Faith-based organizations and special interests groups A Town Hall Meeting…

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  • Photo of SCLAN pledges its support for hurricane ravaged countries

    SCLAN pledges its support for hurricane ravaged countries

                                    SCLAN pledges its support for hurricane ravaged countries (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     Chair of the  Spouses of the Caribbean Leaders Action Network (SCLAN), H.E. Kim Simplis Barrow, Spouse of the Prime Minister of Belize and Special Envoy for Women and Children in Belize…

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