Cayman joins in Human Rights Day

| 10/12/2012

(CNS): Finally, back up with a Bill of Rights, the Cayman Islands Human Rights Commission (HRC) joins today's world-wide celebration of International Human Rights Day.  In light of the recent implementation of the local bill, the HRC urged the country to remain dedicated to the cause of promoting, protecting and preserving human rights.  “We urge all persons to peacefully and democratically assist in the campaign of raising awareness for human rights, observing human rights principles, and working to hold the government and public officials accountable for infringements of human rights,” the commission stated.

Encouraging everyone to participate in this year’s observance and to reflect on the meaning, importance and need for human rights, the HRC said it was an institution supporting democracy and that it supports the notion that there are universal rights and fundamental freedoms that governments are obligated to secure for everyone in the country.

This year marks the 64th anniversary of the ratification of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights;” and that “the inherent dignity of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” Although the Declaration is not legally binding, the principles are supported by the international community, including the Cayman Islands.

For more information on the Human Rights Commission or to learn more about the Bill of Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities, call 244-3685, visit the website: www.humanrightscommission.ky or www.facebook.com/cihrc.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    And what about rights of free expressions for gays in Cayman Society.

  2. Anonymous says:

    “We urge all persons to peacefully and democratically assist in the campaign of raising awareness for human rights, observing human rights principles, and working to hold the government and public officials accountable for infringements of human rights except when it comes to discrimination against settled residents in the context of economic activity or political activity, because that sort of human rights abuse is OK"

    • Anonymous says:

      Caymanians will soon see the advantages of Human Rights.  Non born Caymanian who have lived here for more than 25 years should be allowed to run for political office and this is one challenge that should be brought  before the HRC.  If being Caymanian gives one the right of a born Caymanian then these people should be able to run for politicial office.  There are lots of  electable persons in the legal and  financial industry  that would qualify to run for office and would do a very good job.