“All human beings are born fee and equal in dignity and rights…Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind…”
- Articles 1 & 2 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Monday is International Human Rights Day which is observed every year on 10th December. This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (“the UDHR”). To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the UDHR, the United Nations (“the UN”) has launched a year-long campaign building on its existing ‘Stand Up for Human Rights’ campaign.
The Human Rights Commission (“the Commission”) joins the World Health Organization (the “WHO”) in recognising today as World Mental Health Day. The theme for this year is ‘young people and mental health in a changing world’.Read More
The Alex Panton Foundation is recognising World Mental Health Day 2018 by encouraging employers to be proactive and sensitive to the mental health needs of their employers.Read More
Human Rights Commission’s Statement on International Youth Day 2018
International Youth Day is celebrated annually on 12 August and the Human Rights Commission joins the United Nations (UN) and organisations around the world in recognising this date and drawing attention to issues concerning young people.
Last week the Constitutional Commission, together with the Human Rights Commission, launched audio and braille formats of the Cayman Islands Constitution Order, 2009 (the “Constitution”) for persons with sight or literacy impairments in Cayman.Read More
The Commission joins individuals and institutions in countries across the globe in celebrating the United Nations’ Universal Children’s Day 2017 on 20th November. Established in 1954, Universal Children’s Day seeks “to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and [improve] children’s welfare”. This year’s theme; ‘Stop Violence Against Children!’ was chosen to lend support to the UN’s aim of “eliminating child labour and violence against children, and helping children who are feeling the psychological effects of war or armed conflict.”Read More
The Human Rights Commission received a press release from the group Colours Cayman dated 8 November 2017 which detailed the declaration of admissibility by the Committee on Petitions of the European Parliament of a petition to, in summary, support the rights of LGBTI Caymanians, especially with respect to the equal application of the law in relation to LGBTI non-Caymanians.Read More
This Tuesday, 10 October is World Mental Health Day. In its analysis of this year’s theme, ‘Mental Health in the Workplace’, the World Health Organization notes that employers who proactively encourage good mental health in the workplace through internal policies and other initiatives “see gains not only in the health of their employees but also in [employees’] productivity at work.” The Human Rights Commission agrees that this is an important issue for both the public and private sectors in the Cayman Islands.Read More
The Commission offers its congratulations to the Ministry of Health (“the Ministry”), which it understands has recently achieved validation of EMTCT of HIV and syphilis as a public health problem in the Cayman Islands.Read More