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Article stimulates interest in CARICOM Civil Society Charter
Published on January 20, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Caribbean News Now contributor

WASHINGTON, USA -- A recent op-ed piece highlighting the Charter of Civil Society for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) by Dr Joseph E. Edmunds published by Caribbean News Now last week has stimulated significant interest and feedback.

A number of readers commented that they were hitherto unaware of the existence of the Charter, adopted by CARICOM heads of government at their eighth inter-sessional meeting on February 19, 1997, in Antigua.

Similar feedback indicated that the Charter, which covers fundamental principles that are to govern Caribbean society, such as human rights and freedoms, human dignity, the right to life, liberty and security of the person, equality before the law, the rights of women, children, disabled persons, workers, indigenous people, and family, may be widely ignored by governments within the region.

For the edification of readers, we have therefore made available the full text of the Charter and the corresponding resolution of heads of government in 1997.
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