Human Rights Commission has one member left

The expiration of terms for four of the five members of the Cayman Islands Human Rights Commission has left the constitutionally created rights watchdog board with a lone member.

Until new members are found, the commission will be unable to hold meetings. Reports of human rights abuses can still be fielded by Commissions Secretariat staff, according to Deborah Bodden, who manages the constitutionally created boards and commissions for government.

The appointments of chairman Richard Coles and board members Sara Collins and the Rev. Nicholas Sykes ended on Jan. 1, 2014. Board member Cathy Frazier’s appointment expired on Jan. 1, 2013. She has not been replaced. That leaves local attorney Alistair Walters as the lone HRC member, His appointment is due to expire about 11 months from now.

Ms Bodden said she would work toward confirming the appointments of new members over the next few weeks. However, the 2009 Constitution Order requires Cayman’s governor to confer with both the premier and the opposition leader on commission appointments.

Both Premier Alden McLaughlin and Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush are scheduled to be out of town at different times during the next two weeks.