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HRC Goes Virtual

Human Rights Commission members (L-R): Mr. Alistair Walters, Mrs. Cathy Frazier, Chairman Richard Coles, and Rev. Nicholas Sykes. Not pictured is Ms. Sara Collins.

Synchronising with the conclusion of Cayman's first Constitution Week, the Human Rights Commission (HRC) is pleased to announce the launch of their website.

HRC Chairman Richard Coles commented, "This marks a step forward in the Commission's work. While fulfilling our public education mandate, the launch also provides a primary avenue to stay connected with the public."

The website enables users to access information on the Commission, including policies and procedures adopted by the HRC. In the interest of transparency, the content also contains minutes of its meetings, responses to public and media enquiries and copies of correspondence with government officials.

Also found on the new website are extensive explanations of the different types of human rights infringements, complaints and breaches that will be heard by the HRC, as well as procedures for filing such complaints.

In future, the HRC will regularly update the website to expand its educational material. A major focus will be an interactive educational section intended for youngsters.

"We hope that the website will become a major source for learning about the Commission and the Bill of Rights and we will appreciate feedback on the content," Mr. Coles concluded.

The HRC is tasked with promoting the observance and understanding of human rights. It was established under Section 116 of the Cayman Islands Constitution Order 2009 and the new Cayman Islands Constitution was adopted eight months ago.

The Constitutional Bill of Rights will come into effect in the Cayman Islands in November 2012.

For more information about the Human Rights Commission visit www.humanrightscommission.ky or contact the Commissions Secretariat on 244-3685, or by faxing 945-8649.

(GIS)

For further information contact: Lennon Christian