Tag: Human Rights Commission

Ethics code needed to stop MPs abusing privilege

Ethics code needed to stop MPs abusing privilege

| 17/11/2020 | 32 Comments

(CNS): The Human Rights Commission is calling on politicians to adopt a code of conduct following complaints about the abuse of privilege during past debates on LGBT rights in the Legislative Assembly. In a letter to members, HRC Chairperson Dale Crowley said the privilege they enjoy should not be used to create the divisiveness witnessed […]

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HRC expects UK to act as CMA remains defiant

HRC expects UK to act as CMA remains defiant

| 31/07/2020 | 115 Comments

(CNS): The passage of the Domestic Partnership Bill into law “should have been inevitable”, given the ruling of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal, the Human Rights Commission has said. But as the “Legislative Assembly failed once again” to meet it obligations, “direct intervention by the United Kingdom now appears likely”, the HRC said in […]

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HRC hopes DP bill will address inequality

HRC hopes DP bill will address inequality

| 22/07/2020 | 15 Comments

(CNS): The Human Rights Commission has said that the world will be watching when the Legislative Assembly debates the “emotive” Domestic Partnership Bill next week, as it implied that legislators should treat everyone with courtesy, dignity and respect. The HRC members said they hoped the bill would address the current inequality within the Cayman Islands […]

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Activists urge action on LGBT equality

Activists urge action on LGBT equality

| 30/12/2019 | 88 Comments

(CNS): Local advocacy group Colours Cayman has questioned the point of the Cayman Islands 2009 Constitution, given that the rights of the LGBT community are still being trampled on, as they urged action on marriage equality in 2020. The activists also noted the silence from the Human Rights Commission since the findings of the appeal […]

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Governor fills empty commission seats

Governor fills empty commission seats

| 24/09/2019 | 28 Comments

(CNS): Governor Martyn Roper has announced several new appointments and reappointments to important constitutional commissions. After six months without a chairman, lawyer Dale Crowley has been appointed to head the Human Rights Commission for a three year term. He joins existing members Reverend Yvette Noble-Bloomfield, Joni Kirkconnell and Dorothy Scott.

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HRC chair stands ground despite Mac’s rebuke

HRC chair stands ground despite Mac’s rebuke

| 11/04/2019 | 107 Comments

(CNS): James Austin-Smith has stood by a press release issued by the Human Rights Commission criticising government’s decision to appeal Chief Justice Anthony Smellie’s ruling legalising same-sex marriage. The HRC chairman did not apologise to the Legislative Assembly, despite demands from Speaker McKeeva Bush. In a letter to the speaker, he said that he did […]

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Mac calls for HRC chair to be sacked

Mac calls for HRC chair to be sacked

| 08/04/2019 | 128 Comments

(CNS): The fallout from the chief justice’s ruling legalising same-sex marriage continued in the Legislative Assembly Friday, when Speaker McKeeva Bush accused the chair of the Human Rights Commission of contempt regarding a press release from the HRC released Thursday. Bush said James Austin-Smith should be fired because he is an atheist. Following on from […]

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HRC: Appeal in same-sex marriage case ‘unarguable’

HRC: Appeal in same-sex marriage case ‘unarguable’

| 04/04/2019 | 199 Comments

(CNS): The Human Rights Commission has said that government’s decision to appeal Chief Justice Antony Smellie’s judgment in the same-sex marriage petition will fail because the grounds are “weak to the point of being unarguable”. The HRC said government’s decision to commit hundreds of thousands of dollars of public money to appeal, based only on […]

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FCO welcomes CJ ruling, irritated by appeal

FCO welcomes CJ ruling, irritated by appeal

| 03/04/2019 | 62 Comments

(CNS): The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has said it welcomes the ruling by Chief Justice Anthony Smellie regarding his decision to modify the Marriage Law in the same-sex marriage case filed by Chantelle Day and Vickie Bodden, but the FCO is disappointed government is choosing to appeal. The governor’s office has confirmed it will not […]

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Prison investment plans too slow, says HRC

Prison investment plans too slow, says HRC

| 18/02/2019 | 36 Comments

(CNS): It is no secret that for many years conditions in Cayman Islands prisons have been dire and in desperate need of investment. But in a newly published document the Human Rights Commission detailed the human rights challenges, describing Cayman’s prison system as “overcrowded, chronically underfunded and in need of urgent investment”. The HRC warned […]

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CIG wasted public cash on LGBT case, says HRC

CIG wasted public cash on LGBT case, says HRC

| 14/02/2019 | 132 Comments

(CNS): The Human Rights Commission has accused government of an “inexcusable waste of public funds” that are “purely for political reasons” in its fight against Chantelle Day and Vickie Bodden, a same-sex couple who were refused a marriage licence last summer. In a paper submitted to the UK House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee’s inquiry into […]

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