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Universal Declaration of Human Rights

 

UDHR is the one universally accepted document that identifies those inalienable entitlements that all human beings have, regardless.





Human Rights 

Human Rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.

 Human Rights are those universal entitlements that everyone should have by virtue of being a human beings. They are documented in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which is the most globally accepted document by countries around the world. It lists under thirty articles a number of rights that everyone every where should be able to access and enjoy without prejudice or discrimination.

 

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In order to promote and protect human rights the United Nations created specialised bodies that help to promote and protect them:

  • The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights leads the UN System's global activities related to human rights.  
  • Treaty bodies  monitor and assess a list of core instruments and other optional conventions and treaties that focus on specific human rights entitlements
  • Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body made up of forty seven (47) member states who are elected by the UN General Assembly- its primary responsibility is the protection of human rights and addressing violations
  • Universal Periodic Review - is a unique peer based process by which countries review each other and make recommendations on how to better deliver on human rights issues.

 


Human Rights Stories

  1. Status of Treaties
  2. Latest News
  • Status of Treaties

      

    Satus of Ratification of Core Instruments for the Caribbean ( updated August 2014)

    LIST OF CORE HUMAN RIGHTS  INSTRUMENTS:

    CCPR - CONVENTION ON CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS (HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL)

    CESCR - CONVENTION ONECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS

    CERD -  CONVENTION ON THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION

    CEDAW - CONVENTION ON THE ELIMINATION OF DESCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN

    CAT - CONVENTION AGAINST TORUTRE

    CRC - CONVENITON ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD

    CMW - CONVENTION ON MIGRANT WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES

    CRPD - CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES 

    CED - CONVENTION ON ENFORCED DISAPPEARENCES

    CCPR CESCR CERD CEDAW CAT CRC CMW CRPD CED
    ANTIGUA & BARBUDA NO ACTION  NO ACTION 1988 D  1989 A  1993 A  1993  NO ACTION SIGNED   NO ACTION
    BAHAMAS SIGNED  2008 1975 D  1993 A SIGNED  1991 NO ACTION  SIGNED   NO ACTION
    BARBADOS 1973 (A) 1973 (A) 1972 A 1980   NO ACTION 1990  NO ACTION   2013  NO ACTION
    BELIZE 1996 A SIGNED 2001 1990   1986 A 1990   2001 A  2011  NO ACTION
    DOMINICA 1993 A 1993 A  NO ACTION 1980   NO ACTION 1991   NO ACTION  2012  NO ACTION
    GRENADA 1991 A 1991 A NO ACTION 1990   NO ACTION 1990   NO ACTION  SIGNED  NO ACTION
    GUYANA 1977  1977 1977 D 1980   1988 1991   2010
     SIGNED  NO ACTION
    JAMAICA 1975 1975 1971 1984   NO ACTION 1991   2008
     2007  NO ACTION
    SAINT KITTS & NEVIS NO ACTION  NO ACTION  NO ACTION 1984   NO ACTION 1990   NO ACTION  NO ACTION  NO ACTION
    SAINT LUCIA NO ACTION  NO ACTION 1990 D 1982 A   NO ACTION 1993   NO ACTION  SIGNED  NO ACTION
    SAINT VINCENT & GREN. 1981 A 1981 A 1981 A  1981 A  2001 A 1993  2010 A  2010 A  NO ACTION
    SURINAME 1976 A  1976 A  1984 D 1993 A   NO ACTION 1993   NO ACTION  SIGNED  NO ACTION
    TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 1980 A  1978 A  1973 1990      NO ACTION 1991   NO ACTION  SIGNED  NO ACTION

    - this table does not include the list of Optional Protocols that Member States my have also been party to.

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    YEAR A -->  ACEEDED    | YEAR D --> SUCCESSION | YEAR -->  RATIFIED | 

     SIGNED --> SIGNATURE ON CONVENTION BUT NO FURTHER ACTION TAKEN

    NO ACTION --> DECLINED   OR OPTED NOT TO BE PARTY TO THE TREATY

     Source of Data- High Commissioner for Human Rights - TreatiesDatabase

     

     

    11 August 2014

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