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