Human Rights Council – Universal Periodic Review
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Date: Monday 25 January 2011 (Afternoon)
Country under review: SAINT LUCIA
Documents: The national report, A/HRC/WG.6/10/LCA/1, the compilation report, A/HRC/WG.6/10/LCA/2 and the summary of stakeholders information, A/HRC/WG.6/10/LCA/3.
Troika: Ghana, Maldives, Uruguay
Concerned country - national report
- Represented by a 2-members delegation and headed by H.E. Dr. Donatus Keith St. Aimee, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of St Lucia to the United Nations in New York
- National report presented by the Head of delegation
- National report prepared in consultation with stakeholders
- Human rights enshrined in the Constitution
- Party to a number of international and regional human rights instruments
- Dramatic decrease in extreme poverty also due to State sponsored programmes
- Programmes aiming at securing and improving access to quality health care
- New mental Wellness Centre and mental health reform focusing on institutional and community based care.
- Measure addressing the root causes of social disintegration and its negative impact on children. Increased risks of antisocial behaviour.
- Assistance to children victims of abuses
- Compulsory education to all from 5 to 15 with
- Increased participation of women in public and political life. Redress provided to victims of gender discrimination in the work place, marital rape considered as an offence and establishment of a centre for women victims of domestic violence
- Programmes put in place to combat the increasing number of crimes. A strategic plan, a Police Complaint Act, a Legal Aid Act which permits litigants to initiate proceedings regarding police brutality were adopted.
- Were also adopted the Evidence Act to protect crimes’ witnesses and the Counter Trafficking Act to fight, prevent and punish trafficking.
- New Criminal Procedure Rules to establish effective procedure for the active processing of criminal cases and shortening the length of preventive detention.
- Death penalty applied only for the most heinous crimes
- Lack of financial and technical resources.
Number of States taking part in the discussion
- Member States: 16 Inscribed on the list:: 37
- Observer States: 21
- Encouraging steps taken by the government to empower the vulnerable groups
- Strong commitment in favour of human rights
- Efforts to reduce the poverty
- Promotion and protection of women rights
- Education as a priority
- Creation of a new juvenile rehabilitation facility for male and female
- Stable democratic political system
- Possible achievement of the Millennium Development goals by the year 2015.
Issues and questions raised
- Persistent extreme poverty with significant part of the population living in slums and dire conditions
- Persistence of violence against women and children
- No measures to guarantee sex orientation equality
- Persistent gender based stereotype attitudes about the role of women in the society, and increased instances of prostitution especially within the tourism industry
- HIV/AIDS infection remains an issue of concern
- Ratify international treaties to which it is not yet Party
- Accelerate the ongoing efforts aimed at elaborating a national strategy to fight poverty
- Adopt policies and legislation to combat discrimination and violence against women and children
- Put in place a health care system ensuring universal and non discriminatory access to treatment, care and prevention of HIV/AIDS
- Review the Civil Code to eliminate the gender based discriminatory provisions
- Carry out investigations on allegations of police violence and on sexual orientation based violence
- Abolish the death penalty
- Reduce the length of detention without trial
- Address the link between prostitution and tourism industry
- Set up an independent national human rights institution
Response of the concerned country
- Poverty is a global problem requiring global response. Intense efforts to combat it and improve living standards
- Participation of women in public life is being improved
- Discrimination prohibited by the constitution - The death penalty is within the limit of the constitution. - Promotion of the “working with” and not “working for” concept to ensure certain values at workplace
- All complaints of abuses, violence and discrimination are investigated.
Adoption of the report by the UPR working group scheduled on
Thursday 27 January, 17:30 – 18:00