A Caymanian has been appointed to lead a United Kingdom effort to improve human rights education and legislation in its overseas territories.
Marilyn Conolly was named human rights coordinator for the Caribbean region in April. She will spend the next month traveling to various overseas territories to speak with local interests regarding human rights in territories including Anguilla, Montserrat, the British Virgin Islands, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Cayman.
Bermuda has opted not to participate in the four year programme which is being organised by the Commonwealth Foundation.
The UK started the programme in July 2007 with the goal of bolstering human rights in its overseas territories both in the Caribbean and the Pacific, helping local governments increase their various human rights capacity, and strengthening efforts to monitor reporting of human rights violations.
Ms Conolly said she had already met with groups in Montserrat and Anguilla, and was planning to be in Turks and Caicos this week. She said the three major human rights issues raised by concerned citizens in those territories dealt with labour-immigration issues, the rights of women, and the rights of children.
Once her meetings are concluded and responses are received from the various territories, including Cayman, Ms Conolly said the Commonwealth Foundation plans to complete a final report on the state of human rights in the territories. The report will, among other things, recommend whether any additional human rights legislation is needed to comply with international standards.
No deadline has been given for the completion of that report.