Four new members have been appointed to the Cayman Islands Human Rights Commission, enabling the local rights watchdog group to resume meeting after its work was temporarily halted due to lack of a quorum.
Although the board could not officially meet, reports of human rights abuses in the Cayman Islands were still being fielded by the Commissions Secretariat staff.
The reformation of the board has elevated its remaining original member, Campbells law firm managing partner Alistair Walters, to the chairman’s position at least until his current appointment expires in January.
The four new members of the commission are:
Lisa-Ann Hurlston-Mc Kenzie, a private sector consultant who previously worked for the Department of Environment. Her appointment is for four years.
James Austin-Smith, also a Campbells attorney and a founding member of the former Cayman Islands Human Rights Committee, which changed to the Human Rights Commission after the passage of the 2009 Constitution Order. He will serve as chairman of the commission after Mr. Walters’s departure.
Donovan Myers, a minister at the Savannah United Church. His term of appointment is for three years.
Chelsea Rivers, marketing manager for the law firm Maples and Calder who also owns a horse riding company in West Bay with her husband. Mrs. Rivers is “the voice” behind the Cayman Islands “Blue Spot” campaign, a citizen group focused on identifying abuses of disabled parking spaces. She has been appointed for a two year term.
Governor Helen Kilpatrick makes all appointments to the Human Rights Commission, following consultation with the premier and political opposition leader.
“I have no doubt that the backgrounds of each of these members will go a long way towards enhancing the work of the Human Rights Commission,” Mrs. Kilpatrick said.