Human rights

HR EXPERTS: Time for proper sexual harassment law and protocols

A call for proper systems -- including clear cut legislation -- to be put in place to deal with cases of sexual harassment in this country.

It comes in light of the recent furore surrounding the Darryl Smith Report -- the outcome of a probe of sexual harassment allegations against the former minister, and a wrongful dismissal claim by the alleged victim.

According to HR consultant, Cavelle Joseph-St Omer, it is imperative that there are properly trained practitioners to handle sexual harassment cases in this country.

Inmates cry human rights violations at IDC

Com­plaints of a lack of med­ical care, a vi­o­la­tion of hu­man rights and be­ing ig­nored by Im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials are com­mon at the Im­mi­gra­tion De­ten­tion Cen­tre (IDC) in Aripo.

The cen­tre, which was opened in 2009 as a place to house de­por­tees for “30 days” while arrange­ments are made for their de­por­ta­tion, has turned in­to a home for many mi­grants over the last few years.

Men and women from cri­sis-rid­dled Venezuela cur­rent­ly make up the bulk of the cen­tre’s de­tainees but there are al­so peo­ple from as far as Nige­ria and In­dia.

Caribbean Human Rights body "gravely concerned" with T&T's repatriation of Venezeulans

The Caribbean Centre for Human Rights (CCHR) says the repatriation of 82 Venezuelan nationals, raises grave human rights concerns.

The CCHR says there is evidence that some of the persons repatriated were in possession of documents seeking asylum from Venezuela, saying it brings into questions T&T's commitment to the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.

The following is the CCHR's statement:

US, UK express concerns about T&T's human rights status

The United States and the United Kingdom have both expressed some concerns about this country's human rights status and are both making recommendations in relation to police treatment of suspects, discrimination against women and attitude towards homosexuals.

The recommendations come as this country undergoes a review of its human right's record, at the 25th Universal Periodic Review in Geneva today.

UN to review T&T's human rights record

This country's human rights record will be placed under the microscope by the United Nation’s Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at a meeting scheduled for next Tuesday, May 10.

This country is one of 14 states that will be reviewed by the working group of the UPR during its upcoming session.

The documents on which the reviews are based are the national report – which is information provided by the state that is under review, information contained in the reports of independent human rights experts and groups.