COMMISSION HOLDS FIRST HUMAN
On Thursday, February 1 and Friday, February 2, 2001, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (the "Commission") will hold its first seminar on the Inter-American System on the Protection of Human Rights in the Caribbean Region in St. George's, Grenada at the invitation of the Government of Grenada. The seminar will be held in collaboration with the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights, San Jose, Costa Rica, the Commonwealth Secretariat, London, United Kingdom, and the Caribbean Human Rights Network (Caribbean Rights), Barbados.
Commission’s delegation is composed of: Commissioners Dr. Peter Laurie, Lic.
Marta Altolaguirre, and Professor Robert Goldman; Dr. David Padilla, Assistant
Executive Secretary; Dr. Relinda Louisy Eddie, Senior Human Rights Attorney;
Dr. Brian Tittemore, Human Rights Attorney; Dr. Eric Rudge, Romulo Gallego
Fellow; and Ms. Gloria Hansen, Administrative Assistant.
invited to participate in the seminar include: Hon. Patrick Robinson, former
Chairman of the Commission and Judge with the International Criminal Tribunal
for the Former Yugoslavia; Ambassador John S. Donaldson, former Chairman of
the Commission; Dr. Jean Joseph Exumé, Attorney at Law and former
Commissioner; the Hon. Senator Lawrence Joseph, Attorney General of Grenada
and Minister Responsible for Labour; Judge Monica Joseph, Chair of the Grenada
Public Service Commission; Dennis Daly, Q.C, Barrister and Executive
Secretary, Caribbean Rights; Lloyd Barnett, Esq., Barrister, President of the
Independent Jamaican Council for Human Rights and member of the Board of
Directors of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights; Nicholas Blake, Q.C.,
Barrister with Matrix Chambers, London; Mary M. Francis, Esq., Barrister and
President of the National Centre for Legal Aid and Human Rights, Inc.; Victor
Cuffy, Esq., Barrister and President of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Human Rights Association; Saul Lehrfreund, lawyer with Simons Muirhead &
Burton, Solicitors in London; and Charles Moyer, Director of Administration
and Finances, Inter-American Institute of Human Rights.
Officials with the Government of Grenada who are expected to attend the Opening Session include: Hon. Keith C. Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada; Hon. Elvin Nimrod, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Local Government and Carriacou and Petite Martinique; and Hon. Lawrence Joseph, Senator, Attorney General of Grenada and Minister Responsible for Labour.
Grenada was the eleventh State in the Americas and the first country in the English-speaking Caribbean to deposit its instrument of ratification, on July 18, 1978, which brought the American Convention on Human Rights (the "American Convention") into force.
aim of the seminar is to promote the inter-American treaties and procedures
for protecting human rights in OAS member states, including the states of
the Caribbean region. To this end, regional participants in the seminar are
expected to include: attorneys-general; solicitors general; national human
rights commissioners; parliamentary commissioners; ombudsmen; prosecutors;
public defenders; judges; members of the Bar; law professors; law students;
law enforcement officers; correctional officers; psychiatrists; physicians
and physician assistants; inter-governmental and non-governmental
organizations; and other members of relevant state institutions and civil
Commission is the principal organ of the OAS entrusted with the
responsibility to promote, protect, and defend human rights in the Americas,
and serves as a consultative organ to the OAS in these matters. The
Commission derives its authority from the OAS Charter, the American
Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man (the "Declaration"),
the American Convention, and the Commission's Statute and Regulations. The
Commission is comprised of seven Commissioners who are elected in a personal
capacity by the OAS General Assembly and who do not represent their
countries of origin or residence. As
part of its mandate, the Commission receives individual petitions alleging
violations of the rights protected under the American Convention in respect
of member states that have ratified that treaty, and of rights under the
Declaration in respect of other member states of the OAS. The Commission
also studies the human rights situation in the countries of the hemisphere,
examines specific issues within its sphere of competence, and prepares and
publishes corresponding reports.
The Commission wishes to thank and commend the Government of Grenada
for hosting and facilitating this event.
Commission also extends its thanks to the Inter-American Institute, the
Commonwealth Secretariat and Caribbean Rights for their collaboration in
funding and organizing the seminar.
Washington, D.C., January 31, 2001