Advancing Human Rights in Barbados
The Office of the UN Resident Coordinator and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights have planned a seminar to train officials on human rights reporting. In February of this year, the Barbados government ratified its most recent human rights treaty – the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, evidence of the government’s continuing commitment to the international human rights system.
To help streamline the reporting process, permanent secretaries from a variety of ministries of the Barbados government will be attending the seminar to gain insight into how best to structure their reporting processes to facilitate human rights evaluations.
“Barbados is the only Caribbean island with a human rights desk in the government; as such the United Nations wants to support the government’s participation in improvement of human rights indicators on the island.” – Michelle Brathwaite, National Human Rights Officer.
Barbados has ratified the following United Nations treaties: the Committee of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (1972), the International Convenant Civil and Political Rights(1973), Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child(1973), Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women(1980), Committee on the Rights of the Child(1990), Committee for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities(2013).