Cayman marks Human Rights Day

For the first time, the Cayman Islands will join the world in celebrating International Human Rights Day on Friday, 10 December.

The event marks the 62nd anniversary of the ratification of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year’s theme is Speak Up: Stop Discrimination.

Beginning at 6pm on The Paseo at Camana Bay, a free family event will feature local musicians, actors, artists and vendors. Children can create their own works of art in the activity corner.

In addition, Twyla Vargas, Michael McLaughlin, Nasaria Suckoo, Rita Estevanovich, Gordon Solomon, and others will entertain with skits, inspirational poetry, and story-telling. Artists will also have work on display and for sale.

There will also be musical performances by Clever Knots, The Vagabonds, Natasha Kozaily, and Madame Speaker, as well as by students of the Lighthouse School.

The global observance focuses on the meaning, importance and need for human rights. The day is also used to honour those who promote and protect these rights.

The Cayman Islands’ Human Rights Commission will host the local celebration, in conjunction with Oneworld Entertainment and Camana Bay.

Human Rights Commission Chairman Richard Coles said, “Human rights are for all, and I encourage everyone in Cayman to come out and get to know the rights and responsibilities now contained in our Constitution.”

Even though the Cayman Islands’ Bill of Rights Freedoms and Responsibilities will not come into effect until November 2012, human rights are protected by various international treaties.

As stated by the UN, human rights are inherent to all people, without discrimination by nationality, ethnic origin, sex, religion or any other status. They are recognized almost universally.

The United Nations’ General Assembly voted to adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948. This document became the foundation of international human-rights law.

For more information on the event or the Human Rights Commission, call 244-3690 or visit


  1. Mr. Coles would you please explain to the constitutents WHY do the people of the Cayman Islands have to wait until 2012 for the Human rights bill to come into effect?

    November 2012 is quite a long time for our people to wait for the protection of their rights, in the face of living in a society where all rights and privileges of the indidvidual seems to be eroding at a very fast pace. In the face of it all we have a government that threatens the rights of the people already grafted into the constitution and the bill of rights so what is there to gain, lets hope there is no plan in place to postpone or delay it further via shenanigans of the powers that be! People need their rights and they need it now not in 2012. Such a long wait is unreasonable and uncalled for. I hope there’s nothing fishy going on.

    Please explain WHY so long a wait and who’s idea is it.

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