25 February / 2021

Statement on Concerns over Quarantined Voters

Category: Press Release

The Human Rights Commission is aware of the concern which has been publicly raised with regards to quarantined individuals who remain in mandatory isolation as part of the COVID-19 protocols potentially being disenfranchised of their right to vote.

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18 February / 2021

Statement on the matter of Asylum Grantees Alleged Breach of Human Rights

Category: Press Release

The Human Rights Commission is aware of the general concern and public interest in relation to the matter of the Cuban refugees who have been actively and peacefully protesting on the steps in front of the Government Administration Building over the past week. By way of background, a number of Cuban political refugees who have been granted asylum in the Cayman Islands are seeking rights for their spouses to obtain similar residency and employment rights in the Cayman Islands.

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16 February / 2021

Announcement to dissolve Parliament underpins need for Parliamentary Code of Conduct

Category: Press Release

With continued growing public concern around the leadership and decisions of the country, the Commission again takes the opportunity to reiterate the importance of the Country establishing a Parliamentary Code of Conduct.

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HRC unveils new logo in recognition of International Human Rights Day 2020

Category: Press Release

The Human Rights Commission (HRC) introduces today a new brand identity to better align itself with the universal logo for human rights. The new logo features a stylized bird in flight, with an outstretched wing which symbolizes a hand, all underpinned by a bold equals sign representing equality for all. The vibrant green is symbolic of land and the blue representational of the sea to illustrate the Cayman Islands.

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13 November / 2020

HRC desirous of Codes of Conduct for the Cayman Islands Legislature

Category: Press Release

Upholding high ethical standards plays a critical role in ensuring that the conduct of public officials in the Cayman Islands meets the expectations of the people in the Cayman Islands, as well as complies with and balances our constitutional rights such as non-discrimination, freedom of conscience and religion, and freedom of expression. Such public officials include, at the highest level, Members of Parliament, amongst others.

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14 October / 2020

HRC attends the Lighthouse School's inaugural Neurodiversity Concert

Category: Press Release

On the morning of Friday 9 October 2020, the school hall at the Lighthouse School was filled with energetic and gleeful students, teachers and a host of dignitaries. All in attendance were greeted by Dr. Aidan Tumilty, Deputy Principal of the Lighthouse School and emcee, with warm welcome remarks delivered by student Calum O’Brien, followed by a prayer, the national anthem and finally the national song sung by a wonderful trio of students consisting of Kadi McLaughlin, Tavon Brady and Marion Wh

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07 October / 2020

Older Persons Month Message from the Commission

Category: Press Release

Older Persons month is celebrated annually during the month of October in the Cayman Islands and this year on 1 October the United Nations marked the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons. This year’s theme is “Pandemics: Do They Change How We Address Age and Ageing?” focuses on promoting the assurance of healthy lives and well-being at all ages, a key area of focus during the global pandemic.

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25 September / 2020

HRC Statement on Freedom of Expression and Encouraging a Mindful Community

Category: Press Release

The Human Rights Commission would like to take this opportunity amidst the current atmosphere of escalated tensions with the recent assent of the Civil Partnership Law, 2020 to remind us all that although freedom of expression is guaranteed under section 11 of the Constitution this right, like many others, is a qualified right.

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06 August / 2020

HRC Supports Action of HE the Governor on the Domestic Partnership Bill

Category: Press Release

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures particularly when addressing human rights infractions. The aim of the Domestic Partnership Bill (“the Bill”) is to satisfy a legal requirement while simultaneously upholding the traditional institution of marriage in the Cayman Islands and ensuring respect of human dignity through non-discrimination and equality. As a result of the Legislative Assembly’s failure to pass the Bill, the Cayman Islands continues to be in breach of our obligations

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30 July / 2020

HRC Statement on Failure of Passage of Domestic Partnership Bill, 2020

Category: Press Release

It is with deep regret that the Commission watched, along with the rest of the world, as our Legislators failed to pass the Domestic Partnership Bill, 2020 (the “Bill”) following the debates in the Legislative Assembly over the past two days.

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