The Human Rights Commission supports the United Nations’ recognition of 4 May as Anti-Bullying Day, a part of its campaign to protect children from violence. The Commission has identified bullying as one of the key issues which it wishes to address in 2017.Read More
The Commission joins organisations in Cayman and globally in celebrating Earth Day 2017. Earth Day is celebrated annually on 22 April. This year’s theme, Environmental and Climate Literacy, is a three-year campaign coordinated by the Earth Day Network (“EDN”) which “is focused on promoting mandatory environmental and climate literacy along with civic engagement and sustainable economic development.”Read More
International Human Rights Day (IRHD) is celebrated annually on 10 December – the anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year’s theme is “Stand Up for Someone’s Rights Today”, a message reminding us that human rights are a shared responsibility and upholding another person’s rights is just as important as upholding our own.Read More
10 October is World Mental Health Day. This year’s theme, selected by the World Federation for Mental Health (the “WFMH”), is ‘Psychological First Aid’. Psychological first aid is described as the provision of “a humane, supportive and practical response to people suffering exposure to serious stressors and who may need support. It is an approach to help people recover by responding to their basic needs and showing them concern and care, in a way that respects their wishes, culture, dignity and capabilities.”Read More
Each year the last week in September is recognised as World Banned Books Week by the American Libraries Association. The week recognises freedom of expression and celebrates reading by bringing awareness to the issue of censorship as it relates to books. In the Cayman Islands such censorship is found in the Prohibited Publications Order (under the Penal Code) which first came into effect in the Cayman Islands in 1977.Read More
Over the last few days the Human Rights Commission has read commentary in the press and reports of debate in the Legislative Assembly dealing, again, with the issue of equal rights for LGBT+ individuals and in particular regarding same-sex unions. Much of what has been said is not novel and the Commission’s position on these topics is well known, however, a number of commentators seem to be under a misapprehension of the current state of the law in this regard.Read More
The Human Rights Commission published a report in 2013 setting out is concerns related to the Interception of Communications. The Commission had four main concerns at the time.Read More
Today, 20 June 2016 is World Refugee Day. First observed in 2001 on the 50th anniversary of the 1951 United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, the day seeks to recognise and raise awareness of the millions of refugees and displaced persons globally.Read More
Like millions of others around the world the members of the Human Rights Commission were shocked and saddened as we heard the news of the horrific attack in Orlando unfolding this weekend. Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and all others affected by the terrible events of Saturday night.Read More
The Human Rights Commission has seen footage being circulated on social media which captures an incident in which member of the RCIPS uses a taser on an individual.
The Commission has been asked in general terms about the Human Rights aspects of the use of force by police officers. The use of force by RCIPS officers is dealt with under sections 2 and 5 of the Bill of Rights in our Constitution.