By Professor John Spence
The issue of the death penalty for convicted murderers is once more in the news. Unfortunately it has become a political issue creating difficulty for a serious discussion to be held on the justification for the imposition of this penalty and for discussing it on grounds of: enforcing the law, protecting society, justice, revenge, or on moral grounds. This topic has had world-wide discussion and the main issues can be stated and then discussed in terms of the pros and cons.
It is important to consider whether the consequences of murder are Continue reading
by Sir Clare Roberts
I would first like to thank the Independent Jamaican Council for Human Rights and the Norman Manley Law School for inviting me to give the 2012 Annual Human Rights Lecture. The lecture is entitled Human Rights for All: How the Inter-American System Protects Human Rights. Human Rights for All also just happens to be the name of a new NGO that is set up in Antigua and Barbuda for the purpose of promoting and protecting human rights.
The Inter-American system
The members of the Organization of American States adopted certain international instruments that have become the building blocks of a regional system for the promotion and protection of human rights. That system Continue reading
By Jason Shettleworth
Introduction – What Exactly is (HIV/AIDS) and how does the Disease affect the Workplace?
AIDS or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome is the eventual outcome of an infection with HIV- the Human Immuno-deficiency Virus. AIDS is not transmitted directly from one person to another through casual contact. Notwithstanding the foregoing, persons living with AIDS are subject to stigmatization and discrimination in the work place. Consequently persons living with HIV/AIDS are often deprived of many of the basic rights which others take for granted.
The discrimination which HIV infected persons face takes Continue reading
From October 17th to 19th a group of organizations and individuals from countries of the Greater Caribbean opposed to the application of the capital punishment participated in the International Conference on the Death Penalty in the Greater Caribbean organized in Madrid by the Community of Sant’ Edigio.
Following that event, Caribbean abolitionist organizations and individuals had a meeting in which they decided Continue reading
By Daniel Suter
I arrived in July 2010, in Barbados, as the Criminal Justice Advisor to the Eastern Caribbean, with a blank canvas and no preconceptions.
I had left my job as a Specialist Prosecutor in the Organised Crime Division of the Crown Prosecution Service in London where I was advising on prosecuting some of the most dangerous criminals in England. I had previously defended for 8 years as a legal aid lawyer and wanted to bring objectivity to a role that would consider the interests of all users of the criminal justice system. My terms of reference were wide ranging with the specific Continue reading
We greatly regret that there has been such a long interval between the last issue of Caribbean Rights and this one. The need for eternal vigilance in the field of human rights has increased rather than diminished. On the international scene, the Arab Spring has produced Continue reading
In its original jurisdiction the Caribbean Court of Justice (the CCJ) is empowered to determine disputes respecting the treaty establishing the Caribbean Community. Provision is made by virtue of Article XXIV of the Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Court of Justice for nationals of Contracting Parties to be allowed to appear, by leave of the Court, in proceedings where the Treaty is intended to enure to the benefit of such persons, or if Continue reading
For more than 20 years, the Death Penalty Project has worked to promote and protect the human rights of those facing the death penalty. Although the project operates in all jurisdictions where the death penalty remains an enforceable punishment, its actions are concentrated in those countries which retain the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London and in other Commonwealth countries, principally in the Caribbean, Africa and Asia.
The Project’s main objectives are to promote the restriction of the death penalty in line with international minimum legal requirements; to uphold and Continue reading
The Palisadoes promontory forms a semi-circular protection of the Kingston Harbour in Jamaica and is in itself of significant historical, ecological and cultural value. A Government scheme to convert this strip of land from promontory to promenade attracted the attention and ire of Continue reading
by Lloyd G. Barnett
On June 9, 2009 the Shell conglomerate comprising Royal Dutch Petroleum Company and Shell Transport and Trading Company agreed to settle a Court case in New York, by paying a total of US$15.5 million dollars. The complaints charged Shell with conspiracy with the military junta which ruled Nigeria in the 1990s to commit Continue reading