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Cayman Islands Government

Human Rights Defenders

Governor Taylor speaks up for human rights.

A Message from HE the Governor Duncan Taylor, CEB:

10 December marks International Human Rights Day. On this day in 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml. This important document set out for the first time the principle that all individuals, without distinction of any kind, were entitled to certain inalienable rights and freedoms. This year's International Human Rights Day aims to highlight the work of human rights defenders http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/defenders/who.htm - brave, determined people around the world who act to promote or protect human rights.

Here in the Cayman Islands, we enjoy all the basic human rights and live in a free and tolerant society. But we should not take these rights for granted: we need to ensure that they are understood and protected. Human rights are now enshrined in the Constitution, and we have an independent body, the Human Rights Commission, which is responsible for promoting understanding and observance of human rights on the Islands. I wish the Commission continuing success in its important work. To quote one of the world's most famous human rights defenders, Aung San Suu Kyi, recently released after many years of house arrest in Burma, 'Human beings the world over need freedom and security so that they may be able to realise their full potential.'

For further information contact: Angela Piercy