The Interim Board of Directors of the OECS Business Council met on 27 to 28 November 2013 to finalise the administrative arrangements for the establishment of the OECS Business Council and to commence the strategic planning for the development of the private sector.
The meeting was held at the headquarters of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank in St Kitts and Nevis where representatives from the eight OECS member countries reaffirmed the Memorandum of Understanding solidifying cooperation among the private sectors of the region. Continue reading
25 November 2013
Violence against women and girls directly affects individuals while harming our common humanity. In response to this global challenge, I launched my UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign in 2008. Since then, partners around the world have joined our drive to protect the human rights of women and girls to live free from violence.
I welcome the chorus of voices calling for an end to the violence that affects an estimated one in three women in her lifetime. I applaud leaders who are helping to enact and enforce laws and change mindsets. And I pay tribute to all those heroes around the world who help victims to heal and to become agents of change. Continue reading
St. Kitts Department of Culture invites families, friends and visitors to St. Kitts and Nevis to join in the seasonal celebration of Christmas by attending “In The Spirit of Christmas” held annually in the Circus located in the heart of Basseterre St. Kitts.
Monday December 9th to 11th starting at 7:30 pm each night the circus is transformed and comes to life with variety of artistic performances and special cultural performances from community groups who are passionate about spreading joy and goodwill. Continue reading
By Sir Ronald Sanders
(The writer is a Consultant, Senior Research Fellow at London University and former Caribbean diplomat)
Sir Ronald Sanders
Seemingly concerned about offending the principles of “non-interference in the internal affairs of States” and the “sovereignty” of States, the ten Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries that are members of the 53-nation Commonwealth have not spoken out in condemnation of the government of Sri Lanka which the UN Secretary-General’s Expert Panel said is guilty of war crimes, particularly the systematic killing of as many as 40,000 Tamil civilians including women and children in 2009. Similarly, these CARICOM States sent representatives to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference in the Sri Lankan Capital from 15 to 17 November despite evidence of continuing violations of human rights including the “disappearance” of over 1,500 persons and sexual abuse of women and girls by the Sri Lankan army. By saying nothing, CARICOM governments could be adjudged to be bolstering a regime in Sri Lanka that the UN Commissioner for Human Rights says “is showing signs of heading in an increasingly authoritarian direction”. Continue reading
We the undersigned civil society organizations who made joint submissions to the Universal Periodic Review on Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Council in November 2012, will not be participating in the November 2013 Peoples’ Forum at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Sri Lanka. We are firmly of the opinion that the November 2013 CHOGM should not be held in Sri Lanka and that the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) should not hold the chair of the Commonwealth for the next two years, as per precedent. Continue reading