The Death Penalty — A perspective from Trinidad and Tobago

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

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Human Rights for all: How the Inter-American system protects Human Rights

by Sir Clare Roberts 

Introductory

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

Employees’ dismissal because of AIDS — an act of injustice by the employer

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

A new Caribbean initiative in the campaign against the Death Penalty

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