Dominica reviewed at 6th UPR session
Monday, 07 December 2009 18:00


On the morning of 7 December 2009, the Working Group on the UPR examined the human rights situation in Dominica. Dominica was represented solely by the Permanent Representative of Dominica to the United Nations in New York, Mr. Crispin Gregoire. All of the States present commended Dominica for its efforts to promote human rights, with several making recommendations in the following areas:


  • Discrimination against people with HIV/AIDA needs to be combated, particularly for those who engage in same-sex relations, and access to health care and support needs to be granted to all persons
  • The rights of the child need to be respected, particularly in the area of prohibiting corporal punishment in the home and at school, which has effected 80-90% of children.
  • The death penalty needs to be abolished and a moratorium needs to be put in place until its abolishment.
  • Women’s rights need to be protected in the areas of marriage, inheritance, ownership of land, and divorce. Domestic violence against women is also widespread and needs to be combated.
  • Dominica should seek technical assistance from the international community to help draft and submit all overdue reports to various treaty bodies and to overcome all other obstacles to protecting human rights.
  • Dominica should ratify outstanding core human rights instruments, particularly the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.


The draft report of the Working Group on the review of Dominica was adopted on 9 December 2009. Djibouti, on behalf of the troika, stressed that Dominica showed strong commitment to the UPR review by accepting almost all recommendations. It also described the interactive dialogue as of high quality.

Of all recommendationsmade to it, Dominica accepted 51 recommendations, left eight pending and rejected two. Dominica will provide responses to the pending recommendations before the adoption of outcome report at the 13th session of the Human Rights Council.

Dominica rejected the recommendations by Spain, Sweden and Azerbaijan to abolish the death penalty, to repeal the legal provisions criminalising sexual relations between consenting adults of the same sex (France), and to decriminalise sexual activities between consenting adults of the same sex (Spain).

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