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Contact: Roger Joseph

January 25, 1999 - Cabinet has approved the establishment of a National Committee to monitor and ensure the observance of the principles of the Charter of Civil Society to which St. Lucia is a signatory.

In furtherance of this, Prime Minister Honourable Dr. Kenny Anthony has written to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) inviting them to name representatives and recommend persons for appointment to the Committee.

Prime Minister Anthony also proposes to write to both political parties to name representatives to the Committee, consistent with his government’s policy of political inclusion.

The Charter of Civil Society was established by the Caribbean Community in 1997 and seeks to commit the Caribbean Community to the observance of fundamental rights enshrined in Caribbean constitutions as well as other social and economic rights. For example, it makes provisions for political rights, the rights of indigenous people, women, children, the family and workers, religious and cultural diversity, good governance, environmental rights, and awareness and responsibilities of the Caribbean people.

The National Committee is expected to monitor and ensure the implementation of the Charter and receive reports of allegations of breaches of, or non-compliance with, the provisions of the Charter attributed to the State or to one or more social partners.

All nominations are expected to be made by February 15, 1999.


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