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Review of Barbados
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 05:58

 

On the morning of 3 December, the Working Group on the universal periodic review considered the situation in Barbados. The delegation was led by the Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment, Urban and Rural Development. 30 States took part in the interactive dialogue, with questions and recommendations focusing on the following:

 

  • Many States praised Barbados for its achievements in promoting universal education and healthcare, as well as for the participation of civil society in the preparations for the UPR.
  • A large number of States urged Barbados to ratify the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, as well as its Optional Protocol. Several States also noted that torture, while outlawed on Barbados’ constitution, was not defined in its domestic legislation. 
  • Several States urged Barbados to consider the de jure abolition of the death penalty, or at least a de jure moratorium. Barbados responded that, at this time, there was no mandate from the public to eliminate the death penalty. Some States urged Barbados to at least reconsider the mandatory nature of the death penalty for some crimes.
  • Some States urged Barbados to decriminalise consensual sexual activity between members of the same sex. In response, Barbados stated that this was not merely a legal, but also a socioeconomic and cultural issue and that, at this stage, Barbados was not in a position to abolish laws that criminalised such activity.
  • Other issues raised by States included the conduct of police officers, the need to establish a National Human Rights Institution, extension of a standing invitation to UN special procedures, domestic violence, the incorporation of a definition of racial discrimination into domestic legislation, discrimination against lesbian and gay persons, trafficking in persons, and corporal punishment.
  • Barbados made a request, supported by some States, for additional technical assistance from the international community, particularly in the areas of UN reporting, drafting of legislation, and human right education.

 

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