Published On: Tue, Nov 3rd, 2015

St Lucia’s human rights record to be reviewed by UN

Castries Saint LuciaGENEVA, Switzerland -- Saint Lucia’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the second time on Thursday in a meeting that will be webcast live.

Saint Lucia is one of the 14 states to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming session taking place from 2 to 13 November. Saint Lucia’s first review took place on 25 January 2011.

The documents on which the reviews are based are:

1) National report – information provided by the state under review;

2) Compilation of information contained in the reports of independent human rights experts and groups, known as the special procedures, human rights treaty bodies, and other UN entities; and

3) Summary of information provided by other stakeholders including national human rights institutions, regional organizations and civil society groups.

Among the issues raised in the above-mentioned documents are:

• The need for strengthening the human rights legislative framework and institutional infrastructure, including the establishment of an independent national human rights monitoring mechanism;

• The increase of gang homicides and gang related activities;

• Issues affecting the lgbt community;

• Gender equality policies and discrimination against women;

• Excessive use of force by law enforcement and cases of extra-judicial killings;

• Steps to combat gender and domestic violence;

• The minimum age of criminal responsibility;

• The poverty situation; and

• Steps to abolish the death penalty.

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