New chairman for Human Rights Commission

Attorney Dale Crowley has been appointed as the new chairman of the Human Rights Commission.

He replaces attorney James Austin-Smith, who demitted office six months ago.

Crowley’s three-year term commenced on 18 Sept. He has joined existing members Reverend Yvette Noble-Bloomfield, Joni Kirkconnell and Dorothy Scott.

Crowley’s appointment was among several made by Governor Martyn Roper, according to a Government Information Services statement.

Roper also made appointments to the Anti-Corruption Commission, Civil Service Appeals Commission and the Judicial and Legal Services Commission.

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Anti-Corruption Commission members Sophia Harris and Kadi Pentney were re-appointed for a further three years. Their initial appointment expired on 15 Aug. The ACC is chaired by Richard Coles. Members include Tim Ridley and Kenrick Hall.

Huw Moses, according to the government release, was appointed as chairman of the Civil Service Appeals Commission effective 4 March for a three-year term. Kimbert Solomon and Jennifer Skinner were appointed members of the Civil Service Appeals Commission effective 16 and 20 Sept., respectively. They will each serve three-year terms. They join existing members Stacey VanDevelde, Vicki Hulse and Shomari Scott.

Ormond Williams’ term as chairman of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission has been extended from 1 Aug. through to 31 Dec.

The governor commended those who accepted their appointments.

“The work of these Commissions is of the utmost importance to the good governance of our Islands and is fully supported by my office,” he said.

The governor has indicated that he intends to appoint more members on the Civil Service Appeals Commission, Constitutional Commission, Human Rights Commission and the Judicial and Legal Services Commission.

The government statement said earlier this year, Governor Roper began accepting ongoing expressions of interest from members of the public for consideration of appointment on these and other commissions supported by the Commissions Secretariat.

He encouraged “long-standing members of the community to express their interest via the Commissions Secretariat for consideration of appointment in order to support the very important work of these Commissions”.

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