Op-ED by Alicia Bárcena – Another Lost Decade

Submitted by Denise Balgobin, Senior Public Information Assistant, Strategic Planning and Outreach Unit. ECLAC Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean – Op-ED from ECLAC Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena

The recent call to action by the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, Janet Yellen, to the G-20 for a new issue of IMF Special Drawing Rights (SDRs), which the G-20 recently approved, and the re-allocation of excess SDRs to low-income countries (LICs) is a much welcome and needed initiative. Concerted international action and solidarity are the only means to confront and overcome the COVID-19 crisis.

A truly multilateral and global response to the Pandemic must extend the benefits of this initiative to all developing countries, irrespective of their level of income, including to middle-income countries (MICs). MICs represent 75% of the world’s population, and roughly 30% of global aggregate demand. More importantly, MICs account for 96% of developing country public debt (excluding China and India). Their success in confronting COVID-19 is central for global recovery and financial stability.

Developing countries have, without doubt, borne the brunt of the social and economic impact of the current crisis. The increases in poverty and extreme poverty rates, the number job losses and declines in per capital income have been unprecedented. These impacts are not only concentrated in LICs, but also affect MICs.

Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) has been the most impacted region in the world in terms of real GDP contraction (-7.7% for 2020). This has been accompanied by the closure of more than 2.7 million firms, and the rise in number of jobless persons to 44.1 million, and in the number of people living in poverty from 185.5 to 209 million people, reaching 33.7% of the total population. Extreme poverty has increased by 8 million, to 78 million people. By the end of 2020 the level of per capita GDP equalled that of 2010 (ECLAC, 2020); another “lost decade” by any measure.

The effects of the pandemic and the policies implemented in response have increased the liquidity needs of developing countries, including those of LAC. At the same time, fiscal emergency measures to contain the decline in output have led to rising debt levels which -if not carefully monitored- may jeopardize the recovery and countries’ capacity to build forward better.

LAC is the most indebted region in the developing world. The debt of the general government in 2020 reached 79.3% of GDP and the external debt service stood at 57% relative to exports of goods and services (IMF, 2020). In contrast to developed economies, LAC -as the rest of developing economies- face enormous obstacle to create the policy space to substantially increase their debt levels without jeopardizing their credit ratings, exchange rate stability, or even their international reserve positions.

The bulk of the global counter-cyclical monetary and fiscal measures to combat the Pandemic -amounting US$12 and US$ 7 trillion dollars in 2020 (24% of world GDP)- were implemented by developed countries.

A new and significant issue and reallocation of SDRs is the most effective and expedient manner to guarantee enough liquidity for developing economies, and provide the required policy space to confront the effects of the pandemic. Linking the creation of new international resources with financial transfers to developing countries to attend their development requirements is a long-standing demand. Now it is more relevant than ever; indispensable for placing the Sustainable Development Goals, within developing countries’ reach.

Access to SDRs is an indefeasible right of all IMF members. SDRs do not generate additional debt nor do they require conditionalities. Also, they are not subject to the fastidious negotiations of quota increases or borrowing arrangements. A new SDR issue would strengthen the IMF’s “fire power” (currently at roughly US$ 800 billion dollars, a third of the estimated financing needs of developing countries) and provide greater incentive for all countries to participate in this initiative: IMF’s financial support for COVID-19 represents barely 12% of its lending capacity.

A new issue of 500 billion SDR (requiring the approval of 85% of the voting power of IMF board of governors) would generate que equivalent of US$56 billion dollars in additional reserves for Latin American and Caribbean countries. This would benefit some of the most indebted economies in the region.

Since any new issue of SDRs would be allocated mainly to developed countries (roughly 60% of the total) a mechanism must be put in place for the voluntary reallocation of excess SDRs from developed to developing countries. A mechanism to pool SDRs within the existing multilateral facilities and their reallocation to strengthen the financial capacity of Regional Financial Arrangements (RFAs) and other regional financial institutions should receive serious consideration as a means to increase liquidity and put SDRs at the service of economic and social development.

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  • NorthernObserver

    Do these non-revenue earning, cost centres, appreciate every time they decide to create a new acronym to placate themselves, they are setting a stage which conflicts 100% with their intended goals?
    Professional public charities need to UP their game. “Senior Public Information Assistant, Strategic Planning and Outreach Unit. ECLAC Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean”

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  • What amazed me was the title of the person.
    “Senior Public Information Assistant, Strategic Planning and Outreach Unit. ECLAC Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean”
    Wonder what is the title for a local person

    “Associate Director, Barbados Based Section of the Joint Strategic Planning and Outreach Unit. ECLAC Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean”
    I wAnt a job there, going to send my resume to

    Assistant to the Associate Director, Human Relations Department, Barbados Based Section of the Joint Strategic Planning and Outreach Unit. ECLAC Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean”

    I couldn’t read.. I got tired at Barcena. Must be a fun office with plenty long titles.

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  • Don’t care what they do, the whole thing operates under a CORRUPT SYSTEM…so that’s all any.of them will ALWAYS. African people in the Caribbean need to REMOVE THEMSELVES FROM ALL OF IT. It ALWAYS TIRNS OUT FRAUDULENT and always will. Let them carry on by themselves.

    Africans fix ya business and leave these FRAUDS alone.

    https://insightcrime.org/news/caribbean-ponzi-pyramid-schemes/

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  • Did any of the sellout negros in any of the blighted and cursed colonial Slave parliaments acoss the region ever mention any of this from 2003……that’s 18 YEARS…..yall should ask them why they HID THE INFORMATION….then CONTACT THE PEOPLE YASELVES….then ya will understand how dangerous Slaves and sellout negros are…it will also explain why minorities got an instant SCAM and trying to reel Black/African people in.

    “The State of the African Diaspora
    The political, economic and cultural importance of this Diaspora is increasingly recognized. It contributes greatly to the development of Africa. That is why the African Union wanted the Diaspora officially part of its proceedings. In 2003, at the end of the AU Summit, the Heads of State declared (14 (XVIII) add.3): “The African Union (…) decides to recognize the African diaspora as a effective entity contributing to the economic and social development of the continent. But so far, the diaspora had no institutional reality.

    In December 2014, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, President-in-Office of the African Union, gave a mandate to Louis-Georges Tin, president of CRAN, to “give body” to the 6th Region, and to make the diaspora de facto a structure de jure.

    Prime Minister: Dr. Louis George Tin – Honorary President of CRAN
    In 2018, Louis-Georges Tin presented to the African Union bodies the results of his mission: a Constitution, a Government and development projects.
    These elements were validated by President Aziz, and the State of the African Diaspora was formalized at the AU Summit in Mauritania on July 1, 2018.

    The Institutions of the State of the African Diaspora
    The State of the African Diaspora is composed of several institutions.

    The first is the State Government of the African Diaspora, led by the Prime Minister, His Excellency Dr. Louis-Georges Tin. This Government was presented at the African Union Summit in July 2018. The first Council of Ministers and inauguration was held in Abidjan in November 2018.
    The second institution is the Parliament. It will notably represent the regions of the diaspora.
    Our Objectives
    The goal of Africans in the Diaspora has always been to return to Africa, or at least to cultivate relationships with the land of their ancestors. It is an old Pan-African dream that is taking shape.

    Beyond this reunion, it is also and above all to strengthen Africa by the diaspora, and the diaspora by Africa. This diaspora constitutes a considerable political, economic and cultural power, but this power remains insufficient because it is by definition dispersed. By establishing the necessary connections between the Diaspora and the continent, we will create unity, and therefore strength.

    States are often born of war, conflict or division, such as South Sudan, Croatia, Pakistan, or the United States. The state of the African Diaspora is born contrary to a desire for peace, unity and development. The birth of a state is a rare event. A fortiori, the birth of a state of a new kind, a modern state, diasporic, consistent with the logic of the 21st century, the logic of networks.

    In a strengthened Africa, youth will no longer feel condemned to exile, exposing themselves to the greatest dangers. This is why the Diaspora must serve Africa, with energy and modesty at the same time. We humbly recognize that we need each other, and we will work for the general good.

    Our initial projects are:
    Heritage: the Restitution of Colonial Treasures
    Defence: International Brigades of the African Diaspora
    Territory: Land Policy
    Finance: The African Diaspora Bank
    Employment: International Agency for Internships
    Food: The Food Bank of the Diaspora
    Agriculture: Investment Funds for “Country Products”
    Education: The Digital University for Africa
    Health: Telemedecine for Africa
    Transport: The African Diaspora Airlines
    New Technologies: Silicon Valley in Africa
    Biotechnology: The Pan African Genetic Bank
    Space: The Pan-African Satellite
    Citizenship: Identity Cards and Passports
    Racism: The International Observatory on Afrophobia
    Memory: The Digital Slave Route
    Sports: Pan-African Games

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  • Change in church needed – Clarke – Change in church needed – Clarke: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/03/12/change-in-church-needed-clarke/

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  • Principal stepping down
    Principal of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill Campus, Professor The Most Honourable Eudine Barriteau, is demitting office after six years at the helm.
    Barriteau, who was appointed on May 1, 2015, made the announcement while delivering “my last report as principal” at yesterday’s Campus Council meeting.
    She praised UWI for its contribution to the development of the Caribbean region and for producing outstanding scholars who have gone on to assume influential positions in government and other spheres in the diaspora.
    Barrriteau told the virtual meeting chaired by Cave Hill campus chairman Sir Paul Altman: “I am truly humbled to have had the opportunity to serve the Cave Hill campus, the country Barbados and the Caribbean Community as an officer of the UWI.
    “I am very proud of what the UWI has contributed to Caribbean development in its 73-year history and all that it will accomplish in the next 73.” (GC)

    Source: Nation

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    Officials mull over worsening financial position
    Marlon Madden
    Article by
    Marlon Madden
    Published on
    March 13, 2021

    There could be layoffs at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus if that learning institution continues to witness a reduction in its operational budget, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor the Most Honourable Eudine Barriteau has warned.

    The outgoing principal in her final report to the council meeting on Friday said that despite several improvements in critical areas even in the face of growing adversity and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the already financially struggling university now had to contend with continuous reduction in its annual budget.

    “The Cave Hill campus is at the financial barebones. We are challenged that we cannot really go any lower,” said Barriteau.

    While requests for a budget of $150.3 million was submitted to the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and the University Grants Committee (UGC) for the 2020/2021 academic year, the amount approved was $138.82 million.

    The approved Cave Hill Campus budget has been on a decline since the 2015/2016 academic year, dropping by a whopping 15.83 per cent from $188.87 million in 2016/2017, before increasing slightly the following academic year and decreasing every year since then.

    “In the last year, which is 2020 to 2021, that reduction was 8.03 per cent. That is the adjustment that the campus had to make last year to gain an approved budget,” said Barriteau.

    This month, the campus has submitted a recommended budget of $142.9 million for the upcoming 2021/2022 academic year, but the TAC and UGC have approved $138.75 million, a 0.05 per cent reduction from the current year.

    “In the past year, we faced many challenges with aging faulty equipment and leaking buildings. Our submission to TAC last year represented 73 per cent of our 2015/2016 budget or a reduction of 27 per cent compared to the 2015/2016 budget,” said Barriteau.

    “In the past six years we have generated considerable cost reductions through implementing many measures and we did this without any layoffs, but I regret to state that any further cuts in our operational budgets would mean that the campus would have to seriously re-evaluate that option,” she warned.

    She said the Cave Hill campus has been fully compliant with the cost reduction and savings austerity plan it adopted in 2019, pointing out that expenditure has consistently been on the decline due to renewable energy initiatives, attrition of staff through retirement, stringent monitoring of part-time staff hiring, rationalization of courses and programmes, postponement of capital upgrades and savings through reduction on travel.

    At the same time, Barriteau said the university was continuously seeking to increase its revenue-earning capacity, pointing to methods such as a suite of Masters programme and short courses, attracting more projects and grants and engaging in more targeted philanthropy.

    She reported that in the last year the UWI had to increase its expenditure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Barriteau explained that not surprisingly, the learning institution had to spend hefty sums to retrofit classrooms and lecture rooms to enable hybrid teaching to accommodate both students overseas and locally. There was continuous spending on sanitization protocols and occasional industrial cleaning; upgrading of information technology and investments in cybersecurity software.

    “The campus has gone through and into extraordinary lengths to reduce its dependence on the UGC funds to meet operational budgets. We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed our success, but we continue to work towards more entrepreneurial and cost saving activities,” she said.

    Lauding her team and the Cave Hill Guild of Students for their hard work and support during “this guava season – period of austerity”, Barriteau said the Cave Hill campus remains steadfast in its mission to deliver quality education to all Caribbean citizens.

    Reviewing some of the campus’ achievements in the last year, Barriteau said in addition to adapting to doing all meetings online, staff completed training of post graduate certificates in teaching and learning, and the campus was able to invest heavily in adaptive measures.

    “We repurposed funds to retrofit classrooms for dual mode physical distance delivery and invested heavily in information systems technology to accommodate our students,” she added.

    Commenting on the financial situation, Vice-Chancellor of the UWI Professor Sir Hilary Beckles said while the learning institution was not there to make profit it must be managed in a “business-like” fashion.

    “Managing your affairs in a business-like fashion is not the same as being in a business and therefore that is a balance that we have always struck – all public universities – making decisions for development while at the same time demonstrating that the resources made available to you are used with prudence and used efficiently and the results can be held in the terms of accountability,” said the former Cave Hill Campus principal. (marlonmadden@barbadostoday.bb)

    Source: Barbados Today

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  • We still have some work to do
    This month is designated the month for the acknowledgement of persons with disabilities.
    This topic won’t get as much attention as some other more trendy topics. Harry and Meghan [Duke and Duchess of Sussex] and royal racism is big news this month . . . to some. But in the words of Bajan reggae artist Hotta Flames, “We know dat uhready!” How many of you knew that it was the month to focus on persons with disabilities?
    Persons with disabilities are not often in the spotlight and centre stage. On top of their main challenges, they often have the added challenge of being invisible, or rather, inconvenient to see. And so, forgotten. Human beings are social and communal beings.
    To be forgotten, left out or ignored is to be vulnerable.
    A people can be judged by how well they take care of the most vulnerable among them.
    It’s a pillar of most religions: to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, protect the weak and so on. Needless to say, most people fall short of the ideal.
    The verb “to sin” doesn’t literally mean what most people think it means. Today, it has come to mean something like, “to do something seriously wrong in the sight of God.”
    However, the words translated as sin more literally translated as, “to miss the mark” or the target”.
    The original context was to miss the bull’s eye of the target when shooting a bow and arrow. A sinner, in the broadest sense, could then be considered, someone who falls short of the mark of an ideal. The problem is, ideals keep changing.
    According to the Bible, it was ideal at one time for a man to force his daughter to marry her rapist. Joseph probably married Mary when she was around 13 years old, the ideal age for a girl to get married, according to custom at the time. Not so ideal today. Standards change.
    Hopefully, we are getting better, more “civilised”. I am not always so sure.
    The standards for the quality of life attainable by persons with disabilities have changed.
    Once, persons in wheelchairs, the blind or hearing-impaired would be kept out of school, left out of recreational events, would not be expected to marry or have children like other people.
    Today this should be viewed as sin, seriously missing the mark of the ideal society. Today, a building without wheelchair access is, in the broad sense of the word, sinful.
    But just like it took
    a while for the Isrealites to realise that rape was not an acceptable premarriage ritual, it is taking us a while to evolve into the full understanding that a disability is not a total disqualification.
    And to realise that no individual should be discarded. And that equity is essential. When we do, we would have evolved to another level of civilisation.
    Civilisation is marked by the way people behave towards each other. Nuff barbarians live in tall buildings. Some of the most civilised people live in huts, in jungles and savannahs.
    Technological and economic progress doesn’t necessarily mean that civilisation is progressing. It might be the opposite.
    The truly civilised society is the one where the vulnerable are protected, supported and provided with the means to live, as much as possible, a life comparable with everyone else in their community. By this target, societies like Britain, which were built on the most unfair, unjust, unequal systems of chattel slavery, were some of the most uncivilised in recorded history.
    According to Harry and Meghan, within the highest levels of this society they have not evolved past this past.
    And our politicians still pledge allegiance to this legacy in the present. But we have come a long way. Yet there is a ways to go in building a Caribbean civilisation. We will know that the work has been properly done when we do not so easily accept leaving anyone behind.

    Source: Nation

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  • Alarm over naked girl in cell
    By Maria Bradshaw mariabradshaw@
    nationnews.com
    The shocking image of a 14-year-old girl, lying naked on a cement floor in a solitary confinement cell at the Government Industrial School (GIS), has so angered a board member that she has vowed to take action against the school and, by extension, Government.
    “I am sick of it,” said Marsha Hinds-Layne, who sits on the board as deputy chair of the GIS and who is also the president of the National Organisation of Women.
    Sunday Sun
    investigations revealed that the child, who was sent to the school two weeks ago after being charged for wandering, was placed in what is called the “suicide cell” as is the practice with new entrants at the institution, a reform school for delinquent boys and girls.
    Sources said on Day 13 of confinement at the girls’ section at Barrows, St Lucy, the child complained vociferously about the poor quality of food she was being fed.
    “She was very upset and she was shouting and crying,” a source said.
    The food was removed and replaced with six biscuits with butter and a cup of tea.
    This further angered the child and as a result she was taken to the Psychiatric Hospital.
    “When she returned she was tossed into the cell naked on the cold concrete floor.
    “A staff member started to keep noise and said it was inhumane and that was when she was given a bare mattress to lie on,” said the source, noting that the following day she was given underwear.
    Investigation
    When contacted, Minister of Home Affairs Wilfred Abrahams, who said earlier this year that an investigation would be conducted at the school, told the Sunday Sun: “I am awaiting a report on it that I expect to receive by tomorrow. Because of the nature and implications of the allegations, it is necessary to fully investigate this matter and take appropriate action informed by the findings. I am taking these allegations very seriously and will be open with the findings.”
    Hinds-Layne, who has sat on the board for the past three years, said she had repeatedly told staff at GIS to abandon this method since it was illegal.
    “This is used as a commonplace mechanism at the Government Industrial School. Every child that goes into the Government Industrial School is placed in solitary confinement at the beginning of their stay. No matter how I have said to the staff at the school, solitary
    confinement can no longer legally be used with juvenile offenders, they continue to do it.
    “I have begged the Minister to take the doors off of the cells. If the staff are still doing it, the Minister has the power to remove the two doors,” she said.
    Hinds-Layne noted: “This particular child was placed in the cell naked as she born because she was determined to be a suicide risk. I am saying if the child was a suicide risk we have a Psychiatric Hospital in Barbados, with the best trained psychologist and psychiatrist and occupational therapists.”
    She also expressed concern that the child had been committed to the school for wandering, an offence which Government had previously indicated would be removed from the statute books.
    “I have been in consultation where we have promised UNICEF in exchange for their financial backing that we would remove the statutory offences from the law books in Barbados, but yet as late as three weeks ago we had a girl in this country charged for wandering and what was so egregious about her matter is that she is not known to the police and the child has faced circumstances in the past that clearly explain her behaviour . . .”.
    Seeking legal advice
    When contacted, the child’s mother said she had heard about the incident and was seeking legal advice.
    Over the years several negative incidents, particularly involving the girls at the institution, have been highlighted.
    There have been reports of sexual abuse by staff and inmates, ill treatment, fights, poor quality of food, girls being pitted against each other, and no rehabilitation programmes in place.
    There was also a study which found that most girls who leave GIS ended up on the streets as sex-workers.
    Last year, a 14-year-old girl escaped from the school amidst reports that she was beaten severely. The girl remains on the run. Her father hired a human rights attorney.

    Govt accused of failing girls at reform school
    Marsha Hinds-Layne has accused Government of turning a blind eye to what has been happening to the girls at the Government Industrial School, a reform institution for delinquent girls, which has been plagued by multiple scandals.
    “I have been on the board of the Government Industrial School since the Government changed. I have seen the chairman express his concerns and got into trouble and be given a gag order. I abided by that gag order as much as I possibly could but things at the Government Industrial School are spiralling out of control,” she said.
    The women’s advocate has a long list of people that she has reached out to for assistance.
    She revealed that she had submitted a comprehensive report to Minister Wilfred Abrahams after he took over the ministry last year.
    “He had just come on the job and I wanted to give him time to consider the report. Up to today I have gotten no movement whatsoever on the things that are happening to the children of this nation at the Government Industrial School.
    Blood tests
    Some of the things she is perturbed about is that the school collects bloods from the girls and tests them for sexually transmitted infections. “You cannot even do that to an adult prisoner because it is against their human rights.”
    She said there was also a girl at the school whose jaw was fractured at the school.
    Reports indicate that the child complained about her jaw but was told that she was only acting and was prescribed cataflam.
    It was only after she spoke to Abrahams during a visit to the school that the child was taken to a dentist.
    However, Hinds-Layne said the girl was released from the school two weeks ago “and nobody has spoken to her parents or said what would happen with the medical care that she would require going forward to ensure that her jaw is not permanently ruined.”
    In terms of the boys’ section, she said the school had recently bought a horse and two children were injured so far after falling off the horse.
    “I have to find a way to help the children of the Government Industrial School outside of the Government’s will and that is what I am going to do. Everybody is going to be very unhappy when I do that but I am comfortable that I have tried everything else . . . ”.
    She then pointed to other incidents reported in the press. (MB)

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  • I have to stay away from the big brain topics and set up my lowly shop over here.

    “Some of the things she is perturbed about is that the school collects bloods from the girls and tests them for sexually transmitted infections”

    She is perturbed and I am puzzled. Questions have to be asked.
    What is the purpose of this testing?
    Is it out of concern for the health of the youngsters or because guards do not want to take an STD home?
    Is it common practice that when a young girl is detained, she is automatically tested for STDs?
    Is this testing voluntary or is it applied without seeking the consent of the subject or her parents?
    Is there a minimum age at which this testing starts or do they apply it to all subjects?
    Are young males also tested?

    I dislike the way how the hammer is applied to the less fortunate. When we catch folks in a moment of weakness our Barbadian nature disappears and we become citizens of Barbaros. It seems as if there is a conscious national desire to unfair and humiliate those who come into contact with the law. This must stop.

    All those highfaluting economic plans and talk mean absolutely nothing until we truly value and respect our citizens,

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  • @ Williams

    It is a nasty, vicious culture with people in positions of authority, often themselves from very poor backgrounds, enjoying brutalising poor people who come before them.
    They remand people in prison for stealing bread, fine people for wearing their facial masks below their noses, rather than tell them to pull them up, they sit in control over an education system that after 11 years of mandatory education produces a lot of semi-literate people. They pour scorn on ordinary working people. This goes on year after year.
    It is not just the police or magistrates, it is the society. I am glad you recognise it. The point now is to change it. Call it out.
    You can from the comfort of North America, you are not dependent on them for your next meal.

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  • We do not know the facts. As Artax opined it might have been a situation of the person placed on sucked watch which is still cruel but we need to hear from officials. The blogmaster will wait before pursuing the matter.

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  • “This is used as a commonplace mechanism at the Government Industrial School. Every child that goes into the Government Industrial School is placed in solitary confinement at the beginning of their stay. ”

    This is a horrible state of affairs.
    Does it mean that regardless of the crime, perhaps stealing a sweet drink to assuage a thirst or committing murder, everyone is treated in the same manner?
    What is the purpose of the solitary confinement? Is it to douse the fire or pride that burns in the heart of the youngster?
    Is it to tell them, you do not matter, we are in control of you? Is it to dehumanize them?
    What old text on how to control your slaves are they using?

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    Sun, 03/14/2021 – 6:30am
    The dreary state of Bridgetown
    By: Crystal Penny Bowen

    The City of Bridgetown is almost 400 years old and it is sad to say it looks that way. It is aging and lacks the character of a city that has adapted and evolved into the 21st century. It is interesting to hear repeatedly about tourism and the importance of bringing visitors back to Barbados. But I have to wonder, what will these visitors get from a visit to the City?

    On Thursday, I travelled to the capital and made a few observations. During the break, the Wickham Lewis Boardwalk was cleaned and this has added a fresh look to the area. To the right not far from the Parliament building, there is the vacant platform that once held the controversial Lord Admiral Nelson. Across the water, to the left is Independence Square which in recent times has become a liming spot for the homeless. Most of the buildings coming from Republic Bank are vacant or in need of repair. If one makes a left onto Bay Street by the Pierhead a few businesses remain. Some of these businesses were bars, cafés, and restaurants and now they are closed down. It is interesting that like the building where the National Library is located, the Coles Building and its car park are also for sale.

    The land opposite this area is fenced off for what will be the Hyatt project with the Pirate’s Cove property now desolate and a popular dumping spot.

    On the horizon not far from Carlisle Beach, a cruise ship is a short distance away from Carlisle House, another building with vacant office space and not far from Beckwith Mall which is slated to be an arts and performance hub. Along Hincks Street, there is another building for sale and it is not any better on the main street, Broad Street as several buildings are vacant. Areas with vacant or abandoned buildings also include Roebuck Street, Baxter’s Road, Tudor Street, and Fairchild Street.

    The image of a City

    American Urban theorist, Kevin Lynch who wrote the book, “The Image of The City” argued that in the mind of people who visit a city, there are several mental images. These images are formed due to five qualities: paths, edges, districts, nodes, and landmarks.

    It would seem that Bridgetown once had these qualities but over time there was little development except for the improvement of the Constitution River, the Careenage, and the construction of the Barbados Port. So what should be the vision for Bridgetown in the future?

    Create a city of sustainability

    The city of the future should envision a city of sustainability. Green roofs, rainwater cleansing, urban farms and gardens, buildings with natural elements, green streets with water filtration, improved air quality with limited vehicular traffic, and people having the ability to live closer to work. Another area that should be addressed includes the City residents who are living in cramped conditions without adequate access to water and other amenities. The City also has a lot of historical sites and these elements should be protected when the area is rejuvenated.

    Source: BarbadosAdvocate

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  • David,

    Under NO circumstances should a 14 yr old girl be stripped naked and placed in isolation in a cell on a bare concrete floor!

    There is such a thing as padding, rugs, canvas, paper gowns etc. etc. etc. Also why routine isolation if not to break the spirit as is done with horses.

    Often these children come with problems as a result of abuse. How is more abuse going to make them better????

    This can only make them worse!

    Is this the best we can do in 2o21??????

    How do we sleep at night knowing that this is what happens a few short miles away from our houses, paid for with our tax dollars???????

    I am going to keep an eye on this one.

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  • Yes Donna. We must insist on an explanation from officials.

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  • Hasn’t Ms Marsha Hinds-Layne done an excellent job of revealing the bare “facts”?

    This is one ‘scandalous’ situation which cannot be laid at the feet of males whose staffing numbers at that prison cannot even surpass the infinitesimal.

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  • speaking about prison, i saw a document where Oran amalgamated with Dodds…….so what scam are they running with each other now…..that involves TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS….and how much is going to be STOLEN FROM TAXPAYERS…

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  • “This is a horrible state of affairs.
    Does it mean that regardless of the crime, perhaps stealing a sweet drink to assuage a thirst or committing murder, everyone is treated in the same manner?”

    even worse, they harass terrorize and jail children for wandering…and do the same thing to them…lock them in a cell….they only do that to Black children, violate Black children’s right..

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  • One foot in the 21st century and the other in the 19th century why was the treatment of the young child sanctioned by those in charge of the institution despite voices of protest from within the same community? Why are individuals placed in solitary confinement at the outset of confinement? There are many studies documenting the deleterious effect of solitary confinement on adult prisoners, we can assume that those of minor age will suffer lifelong trauma. We talk of transparency and then we learn that individuals are given gag orders. We learn that the Minister was given a “heads up” on assuming his position and yet things remained the same now this same Minister is “waiting on a report”. If we are honest with ourselves what is a report going to tell us except provide cover for those in charge and their political bosses when a board member was preaching to anyone who would listen about the treatment of young offenders

    Oh yeah spare the rod and all that……

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  • Abrahams promises full investigation into GIS incident – Abrahams promises full investigation into GIS incident: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/03/15/abrahams-promises-full-investigation-into-gis-incident/

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  • Abrahams said ” What concerns me is the fact that some member of staff or someone had access to, and breached the privacy of that child to take a photograph or a video of a child in a vulnerable situation. That is against the rules of the institution, that’s against the rights of the child, her rights to privacy. No person should have been in a position to take a picture of that child and expose that child to unwanted publicity or even ridicule, far less the institution.”

    Lucky someone exposed this . NO PHOTO. NO EVIDENCE.

    He should investigate if girls are being groomed for prostitution.

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  • Was the child’s identity visible in the images?

    Were the private parts visible?

    If they were visible there is definitely serious cause for concern about that as well.

    But…. if she hadn’t been naked on a concrete floor in the first place no such images could have been taken!

    So …Mr. Minister is outraged in a back to front manner as usual. More outraged about the exposure of the incident than the incident itself!

    Better to have two year old egg on your face than blood on your hands, I say!

    Mr. Minister had TWO YEARS to change that institution! He is still at the talking stage! And has the gall to speak of some meeting where they agreed to change legislation on wandering as progress????

    Does he understand that he could be dealing with life and death situations?????

    Didn’t Charles Dickens die more than a century ago? Why are we stuck in his novels??????

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  • Both black traitors in the colonial system and minority trash community VIOLATE black human rights in Barbados, they’ve done it FOR DECADES….NOT EVEN BLACK CHILDREN ARE SAFE from these savages…am sure yall remember the dead white criminal rose who claimed to be a psychologist and all the lowlifes on the island allowed her to tie a rope around a teenage child’s neck claiming she was exorcising her, that’s how they KILL the African spirit..through brutalizing Black children…that take children away from their parents to do that…..wild animals have more empathy and compassion for their own.

    “Minister of Home Affairs Wilfred Abrahams is promising a full investigation into an incident at the Government Industrial School (GIS) where a picture was reportedly taken of a nude 14-year-old girl in a cell.

    The story, which was an exclusive in the Sunday Sun, dominated discussion on social media and drew the anger of Barbadians.

    READ: Alarm over naked girl in cell

    Board member Marsha Hinds-Layne, who spoke to the Sunday Sun, said she has repeatedly asked for the placing of children in solitary confinement to be discontinued and the doors to the cells removed, because it was illegal.

    “This is used as a commonplace mechanism at the Government Industrial School. Every child that goes into the Government Industrial School is placed in solitary confinement at the beginning of their stay. No matter how I have said to the staff at the school, solitary confinement can no longer legally be used with juvenile offenders, they continue to do it.

    “I have begged the Minister to take the doors off of the cells. If the staff are still doing it, the Minister has the power to remove the two doors,” she said.

    Hinds-Layne noted: “This particular child was placed in the cell naked as she born because she was determined to be a suicide risk. I am saying if the child was a suicide risk we have a Psychiatric Hospital in Barbados, with the best trained psychologist and psychiatrist and occupational therapists.”

    The picture was not circulated, but in a statement, Abrahams said a “member of staff or someone” seems to have breached the rights of the 14-year-old girl and if that was proven to be so “someone will have to answer for it”.

    The full statement follows:

    I come to you in response to the alleged incident at the Girls Industrial School that was reported in the press yesterday and has been all over social media today.

    This incident has Barbadians outraged, and understandably so, because at the end of it, we’re talking about your rights of children, we’re talking about the rights of persons who are in the custody of the State. We need a full investigation into the protocols at the institution and whether the proper protocols were followed in this circumstance.

    What concerns me is the fact that some member of staff or someone had access to, and breached the privacy of that child to take a photograph or a video of a child in a vulnerable situation. That is against the rules of the institution, that’s against the rights of the child, her rights to privacy. No person should have been in a position to take a picture of that child and expose that child to unwanted publicity or even ridicule, far less the institution.

    At the end of the day, we will get to the bottom of this. If any of that child’s rights have been breached, someone will have to answer for it.

    The Government Industrial School is not a perfect institution. We are aware of the shortcomings of the school and we are working hard on those. As recently as Friday, we had a full meeting with my Ministry, the Child Care Board, the officials of the Government Industrial School, persons from UNICEF, and we were discussing the policies or the evolving policies in relation to child protection legislation in Barbados. We ended up meeting with an agreement to fast-track that legislation as quickly as possible. The policy should come before Cabinet very shortly and the legislation should be pushed through in the shortest possible time. That’s how we ended on Friday.

    I am not going to rest until we get to the bottom of this matter. I am not going to rest because this is serious. We are taking this very, very seriously. I am taking this very, very seriously.

    The rights of any person, in particular a child, should never be compromised. And I don’t want it under my watch. (PR/SAT)

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  • THEY take children away from their parents to do that…..wild animals have more empathy and compassion for their own.

    the world had to SOME DAY find out at about the black face human rights violating savages in Barbados…STARTING in the Slave parliament and coming down…Black lives are NOT SAFE in Barbados…never was.

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  • When are we going to accept Barbadians for who they really are, rather than who we think they are?

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  • “As recently as Friday, we had a full meeting with my Ministry, the Child Care Board, the officials of the Government Industrial School, persons from UNICEF, and we were discussing the policies or the evolving policies in relation to child protection legislation in Barbados. We ended up meeting with an agreement to fast-track that legislation as quickly as possible. ”

    they even tell you HOW they did it….ALL THESE DECADES and they NEVER put legislation in place to PROTECT VULNERABLE KIDS….NOT ONE, neither FRAUD government…

    they amended and legislated all types of UTTER SHITE since 2018…it’s now thisclose to 3 years and if this did not happen, they would have amended and created more human rights violating legislation and never considered how they violate children’s rights or put an end to it, don’t know who what’s his face Abrams thinks he’s fooling…..

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  • What civilised society will jail children for ‘wandering’? Of course, not a child in Dodds or the GIS is from a middle class,professional family? Wonder why? Because they have pedigree.
    Some day we will see Barbados for what it really is. It is Dante’s Inferno.

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  • ECLAC’s Associate Member Countries Call for Cooperation and Support towards a Resilient COVID-19 Recovery and Readvancing the 2030 Agenda

    The “High-level meeting on the challenges faced by Associate Members of ECLAC in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” was held ahead of the fourth meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development 2021.

    (March 15, 2021) Premiers and senior government officials from the Caribbean’s non-independent territories have called for sustained cooperation in advancing resilient and sustainable development and identifying common responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, during a high-level meeting with Alicia Bárcena, the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and the Chair of the Commission, Costa Rica. United Nations’ Resident Coordinators and intergovernmental organizations serving the Caribbean also participated.

    On 15 March Bárcena participated in the “High-level meeting on the challenges faced by Associate Members of ECLAC in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, ahead of the fourth meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development 2021 being held online from 15 to 18 March.

    Welcoming the Associate Members of ECLAC, Bárcena emphasized the Commission’s commitment to “engage more meaningfully with all members of the ECLAC family towards sharing a comprehensive strategy for recovery post-COVID-19 in order to achieve the 2030 Agenda.” She remarked that “the pandemic presents us with an opportunity to redefine established norms and realign priorities, while driving necessary transformation towards a more resilient and dynamic development framework … [and] has also underscored the fact that we need to extend a hand of support to all peoples; to all countries, regardless of legal or political status.”

    In her remarks, Bárcena noted that, as territories, ECLAC’s fourteen Associate Members had more limited opportunities and scope for redress but faced all the profound development challenges experienced by the wider membership of the Caribbean. She noted that ECLAC’s Caribbean First Strategy was dedicated to promoting more focused attention on the unique challenges facing the small vulnerable countries and territories of the subregion, and that over the past few years ECLAC had steadfastly included its Associate Members in the work of the Commission as well as regional forums such as the one taking place that week. Among other examples of ECLAC’s work, she highlighted the damage and loss assessments carried out by the Commission’s subregional headquarters for the Caribbean following Hurricanes Irma and Maria just over three years ago in Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Sint Maarten, and Turks and Caicos Islands.

    The meeting was presided over by Andrew Fahie, Premier and Minister of Finance of the British Virgin Islands, in his capacity as Vice-Chair of the Caribbean Development and Cooperation Committee (CDCC) of ECLAC, with the support of Christian Guillermet-Fernández, Deputy Minister for Multilateral Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Costa Rica and Chair of ECLAC.

    Other participants included Rodolfo Sabonge, Secretary-General of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), Dr. Douglas Slater, Assistant Secretary-General for Human and Social Development of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, and Stephen Fevrier, Ambassador, Permanent Delegation of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to the United Nations in Geneva.

    The meeting was also attended by four Caribbean Member States of ECLAC, and UN Resident Coordinators serving the subregion, including Didier Trebucq for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Garry Conille for Jamaica, Bahamas, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands, and Marina Walter for Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten.

    In opening the meeting, Andrew Fahie, Premier of the British Virgin Islands, stated “this meeting is a decisive milestone marking ECLAC’s renewed engagement with its Associate Members and the tremendous efforts of Costa Rica as the current Chair of ECLAC to deepen the inclusion and participation of the Associate Members in the sustainable development of Latin America and the Caribbean.” He added that the Associate Members’ involvement in ECLAC “is meant to help strengthen the resilience of their societies through support measures and participation in the regional processes designed to help achieve greater economic and social development.”

    Statements of ECLAC’s Associate Member countries echoed that view and drew attention to the significant economic, social and environmental vulnerabilities, high exposure to extreme weather events and climate change, and low levels of resilience experienced by Caribbean territories – factors which combined to paint a complex picture along with the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Outlining ECLAC’s initiatives in support of Caribbean resilience-building, Diane Quarless, Chief of the ECLAC subregional headquarters for the Caribbean, noted that ECLAC’s Associate Members were challenged by limited financial resources and an increasing debt burden due to the sudden collapse of sectors such as tourism, transportation, and construction as a result of the pandemic. She nonetheless underscored that the Caribbean had been at a crossroads before, and could meet the challenge of both surviving the COVID-19 crisis and staying the course towards achieving the 2030 Agenda.

    Adding to those reflections on the Caribbean’s post-pandemic prospects, Bárcena stated that “the task ahead of us is a daunting but noble one, and the return on investing in our people and in sustainable development will be much greater than the cost of not doing so. We must remain resolute in our determination to build forward better.”

    More information:

    · High-level meeting on the challenges faced by Associate Members of ECLAC in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

    · Video of the meeting (live transmission).

    · Fourth meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development 2021 (website).

    · COVID-19 Observatory in Latin America and the Caribbean.

    For queries, contact the Strategic Planning and Outreach Unit of ECLAC’s Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean (Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago).

    Name: Denise Balgobin

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  • Sacked ‘for trying to help GIS girls

    by MARIA BRADSHAW mariabradshaw@nationnews.com
    A FORMER GENERAL WORKER at the Government Industrial School (GIS) says she believes she was fired because she witnessed the ill-treatment of girls there and tried to get them help.
    Monique Hoyte was sent packing on December 31 last year, according to her, after she saw “a violent beating” of one of the girls last October and her attempts to reach out to ministry officials.
    Ironically, Hoyte, 46, was a former ward of the GIS back in the 1980s.
    She told the DAILY NATION that when she returned there as a worker, she was shocked at how the reform school was operating. “I never went through so much at a workplace before,” she said.
    She recalled that when she started the job in 2019, she detected division among staff as well as the girls.
    “A group [clung] to administration because administration allowed them to do as they like. The weaker girls were beaten and pushed around and the girls who were favourites would get the best food to eat.
    However, Hoyte said it was the treatment of a 14-year-old girl which left her most upset. That girl fled the GIS and is still on the run. Her father has since hired a human rights attorney.
    The former janitor said the girl was being emotionally and physically abused.
    “I stand up a day and saw that girl express and throw out she all to a senior staff [member] and when she was finished, the staff member told her, ‘You still got to get punish today. You got to go in the cell’. She kept saying she was not going in the cell but eventually she went.”
    Heard girl hollering
    Later that day, she added, a staff member went to look for the girl and when the cell door was opened, the girl walked out and went into the visitor’s room, saying: “I can’t deal with in there. I can’t take on that cell.”
    “I spoke to her and she told me she was afraid of enclosed areas and that she felt as if she was going off. I was going back to do my duties and she cried and said, ‘Miss Hoyte, don’t leave me’.”
    However, Hoyte said a senior staff member instructed her to leave the room.
    “As I was walking out, I looked back at the girl and she looked at me and the door got closed. I heard the girl start hollering. Another staff member came and went inside. All of a sudden I see the door fly open and the girl lying on the ground being dragged by each of her hands. When she got by me, she held on to my foot and was screaming, ‘’Help me! Help me!’ “I finally got her hand from around my foot. She was dragged to a room leading to a stair and the door was closed again. I looked through the glass door and I saw someone holding on to her hair trying to pull her up the stairs. She was in there hollering, ‘I want my mother’,” Hoyte said, adding that by that time, other staff and wards who heard the commotion had gathered outside the door.
    “I couldn’t take it anymore, so I stepped in and when I looked down on the girl, all of her shirt was ripped off and she was crying hysterically. I said, ‘Listen to me; get off the ground’. She said, ‘No! They want to beat me’.
    “I couldn’t deal with it anymore, so I walked out and I went in the kitchen and I started to cry,” the ex-worker said, adding the situation went on for about two hours.
    “I heard her holler out, ‘Don’t stand up in my belly’. Eventually, a psychologist was called and she got her to get off that floor and walk up those steps.”
    Hoyte said the next day when she visited the child in the cell, she was shocked at what she saw.
    “She had scratches all on her hand and she said all over her body was hurting.
    Hoyte said she was later summoned to a meeting by management.
    “I was told that I does entertain the girls in the cell and that I does go and shout them and I shouldn’t be doing that because I am only a janitor.”
    She said sometime later they received word that Minister of Home Affairs Wilfred Abrahams was visiting.
    “The girls use to sleep on old mattresses and they were complaining for a long time that the mattresses were biting their skin. Quick so, the staff send two girls to bring out new mattresses from the storeroom and put them on the beds.
    “The minister went directly to the girl in the cell . . . .”
    Hoyte also told of a girl who had been complaining about pain in her mouth for several days after playing rough with another girl but had not been sent for medical attention.
    Dismissed by telephone
    “She spoke to the minister and he ordered that she be sent to a dentist on Monday. When I came to work Monday, they were still on that little girl and she was still complaining about her jaw. I make the mistake of going on the phone and I tried to reach the permanent secretary and the minister to tell them what was happening.
    “After that, I was summoned to a meeting by management. When I got to the meeting, they brought up all these things before me: that I was absent from work; that I went over my lunch hour, and that I called the PS.
    “They then told me that being a former girl at the school, that I was taking on too much and that I was getting too close to the girls . . . . I was then given a job description for the first time and a booklet on the rules of the Civil Service.”
    Hoyte said that on December 31 she received a telephone call from an officer attached to the Personnel Administration Department informing her that she had been dismissed.
    When asked about Hoyte’s termination, Abrahams told this newspaper: “The temporary contract of Monique Hoyte, maid assigned to GIS at Barrows, St Lucy, ended on December 31, 2020, and she was not reassigned to the GIS by the People Resourcing and Compliance Directorate of the Ministry of the Public Service. The GIS was not aware that Miss Hoyte was dismissed and never made any recommendations regarding the dismissal of Miss Hoyte.”

    Source: Nation

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  • Minister promises probe at reform school
    MINISTER OF HOME AFFAIRS Wilfred Abrahams has promised a full investigation into the situation at the Government Industrial School, where a 14-year-old girl was placed in solitary confinement naked and on a cement floor.
    In a recorded address yesterday, he warned that if any child’s rights had been breached, “someone will have to answer for it”.
    The last SUNDAY SUN broke the story of the child, who was charged with wandering and remanded to the school three weeks ago, being placed in what is referred to as a “suicide cell” at the Barrow’s, St Lucy reform institution for girls.
    After cries and protest from staff that the treatment was “inhumane”, she was given a bare mattress to lie on.
    Abrahams acknowledged yesterday that “this incident has Barbadians outraged, and understandably so”.
    “At the end of it, we’re talking about the rights of children, we’re talking about the rights of persons who are in the custody of the state. We need a full investigation into the protocols at the institution and whether the proper protocols were followed in this circumstance.”
    He also expressed concern that someone had taken the photograph of the child while in the cell.
    “What concerns me is the fact that some member of staff or someone had access to, and breached the privacy of that child to take a photograph or a video of a child in a vulnerable situation. That is against the rules of the institution; that’s against the rights of the child, her rights to privacy. No person should have been in a position to take a picture of that child and expose that child to unwanted publicity or even ridicule, far less the institution . . . .
    “I am not going to rest until we get to the bottom of this matter . . . . We are taking this very, very seriously.
    I am taking this very, very seriously. The rights of any person, in particular a child, should never be compromised. And I don’t want it under my watch.”
    Two months ago, Abrahams also announced there would be a probe at the school following several reports from girls of alleged beatings and mistreatment.
    He said yesterday there were recent discussions about child protection legislation.
    “The Government Industrial School is not a perfect institution. We are aware of the shortcomings of the school and we are working hard on those. As recently as Friday, we had a full meeting with my ministry, the Child Care Board, officials of the Government Industrial School, persons from UNICEF, and we were discussing the policies or the evolving policies in relation to child protection legislation in Barbados. We ended up . . . with an agreement to fast-track that legislation as quickly as possible. The policy should come before Cabinet very shortly and the legislation should be pushed through in the shortest possible time.”
    Following the publication of this recent incident, several Barbadians took to social media yesterday. They called for the school to be closed and a more developmental system put in place to deal with delinquent children.
    Deeming the situation a breach of human rights and human decency, Nia Brathwaite also started a petition online asking for:
    • full compensation and psychological/psychiatric care for the child involved;
    • the immediate removal of the offence of wandering;
    • immediate abolition of the practice of placing new entrants to the school in solitary confinement; and
    • the prompt commencement of an investigation into the incident, among other things. (MB)

    Source: Nation

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  • Slave society Barbados will get its COMEUPPANCE for their crimes against Black humanity.

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  • @ WURA-War-on-UMarch 16, 2021 5:39 AM
    “…..they even tell you HOW they did it….ALL THESE DECADES and they NEVER put legislation in place to PROTECT VULNERABLE KIDS….NOT ONE, neither FRAUD government…

    they amended and legislated all types of UTTER SHITE since 2018…it’s now thisclose to 3 years and if this did not happen, they would have amended and created more human rights violating legislation and never considered how they violate children’s rights or put an end to it, don’t know who what’s his face Abrams thinks he’s fooling…..
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    And all this is happening against a background of the GoB having been a signatory to the United Nations Convention or Charter on the Rights of the Child from its very inception.

    How many remember the Springer Memorial School littering fiasco?

    To many facets of the Bajan society are still functioning in pre-Victorian times when slave-controlling laws were deemed ‘inviolably sacrosanct’.

    We wait to hear from the so-called Church in Barbados whose modus operandi is based on the principle of punishment for sin instead of forgiveness.

    Yes, the same Church which in the past has turned a blind eye and a ‘closed’ mouth on similar matters exposed to the sunlight of public enquiry.

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  • @Miller

    You do not think we should wait for an explanation? Any institution may have rougue employees. It can happen anywhere.

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  • Miller the churches are WORSE…they are indoctrinated from the negro slave bible, ya can never have a wholesome conversation with any of them, they are Slaves…GP is the poster child for that mental enslavement.

    “GoB having been a signatory to the United Nations Convention or Charter on the Rights of the Child from its very inception.”

    how many YEARS…have i said they violate and DISREGARD EVERY charter, treaty or legislation they signed on to and continue the violation of Black rights…

    it’s even worse for the elderly, they are also signatory to the Charter on the Rights of the Elderly in Latin America and the Caribbean…THEY TIEF estates and bank accounts from the elderly, refuse to EXPEDITE cases in the supreme court as they are supposed to under UN charter…..and WAIT PATIENTLY for the elderly to DIE…..they DON’T CARE as long as Black human rights are violated…

    yeah i remember that fiasco at Springer…the ignorance of so called educators…don’t punish the litterers, but terrorize a completely innocent child and force them to pick up litter that a dirty person left…and punish them if they refuse…a completely backward Slave society..

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  • Why must our nastiness be splattered on the wall before we realize that our systems are not working the way they should? Why should someone spend a decade in jail before going to trial? Why should outrageous sentences be imposed for stealing a loaf of bread?

    Are our senses not calibrated so that we can differentiate between child care and child abuse or between justice and injustice or between punishment and cruelty? I do not want to resort to the imagery of others, but we seem to feast upon those weaker than ourselves and fall within our grasp. We chew them up and spit them out and continue merrily on our way.

    Let us give a shout-out and stand by to support “Marsha Hinds-Layne’. Let us keep a long memory and scream to high heavens if they try to promote her up/down, promote her out or to replace her. It is well known that we love to keep our bad deeds secret; instead of punishing those who commit the foul acts, we will try to punish those who speak out against such cruelty. The system prefers to remove and punish whistleblowers instead of correcting issues that were identified. Monique Hoyte thought she was protecting a child when she reached out to higher management for help. The system immediately targeted and removed her. How can we allow nastiness to fester for years but can identify and remove whistleblowers in seconds? Do we have rules that protect whistleblowers?

    This statement is frightening “What concerns me is the fact that some member of staff or someone had access to, and breached the privacy of that child to take a photograph or a video of a child in a vulnerable situation. That is against the rules of the institution, that’s against the rights of the child, her rights to privacy. No person should have been in a position to take a picture of that child and expose that child to unwanted publicity or even ridicule, far less the institution.
    At the end of the day, we will get to the bottom of this. If any of that child’s rights have been breached, someone will have to answer for it.”

    Is this about justice and protecting the rights of a child or is it a threat and a stern warning to whistleblowers. I will leave you to decide, but given our penchant for keeping our nastiness well covered and away from the public view, I will urge whistleblowers to act with extreme caution. You have been warned by the Minister. Don’t let them Monique Hoyte you? Here is a case, where you will be punished for doing a good deed.

    I will urge you to pray for Marsha Hinds-Layne. I am quite certain that they have already decided how to ease her out of the system. It would be funny, if she got a “bigger” job in a completely different department/organization.

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  • Why did this Ms. Hoyte not feel compelled to blow the whistle in December when she was fired according to her?

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  • @David
    Why did this Ms. Hoyte not feel compelled to blow the whistle in December when she was fired according to her?
    ++++++++++
    Surely that is an unfair question, many people feel powerless in some situations and won’t come forward until others step up especially when they would be labelled as a disgruntled employee.

    Have you noticed how many women ae “stepping up” in the allegations against Cuomo? Some a few years after the fact, so let Ms.Hoyte speak her piece.

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  • There can’t be any “promotion up/down” or “bigger job in a completely different department/organization” for Marsha Hinds-Layne.

    She is just a board member Government Industrial School (GIS)…… deputy ‘chairman’ to be precise. And, the only decision that could be made “to ease her out of the system,” is the minister asking her to resign or revoke her appointment.

    But, if it comes to that, since the situation reflects negatively on the entire board of management, the minister would have to ask the chairman and the other board members to resign or revoke their appointments as well.

    Is Mrs. Hinds-Layne is taking action against the institution and ‘government’ in her capacity as president of the National Organisation of Women?

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  • @David March 16, 2021 8:20 AM
    “You do not think we should wait for an explanation? Any institution may have rougue employees. It can happen anywhere.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    You mean wait like how Blues Knight widow had to or could be still waiting for an explanation behind the murder of her husband and serious wounding of her son?

    Are you questioning the veracity and integrity of Marsha Hinds-Layne who has been a tireless campaigner for female human rights?

    Why should we take her word for it when it comes to the high levels of gender-based violence (and discrimination) in Barbados but cannot rely on her as a member of the Board even if speaking under a gag order?

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  • “Surely that is an unfair question, many people feel powerless in some situations and won’t come forward until others step up especially when they would be labelled as a disgruntled employee.”

    @ Sargeant

    I believe it is a fair question. I agree some people may look at the situation as you have outlined above.

    However, Ms Hoyte would also be “labelled as a disgruntled employee” by people looking at the situation from the perspective of her ‘coming forward’ ONLY after she was dismissed, as alleged by her…… or, according to the minister, her contract was not renewed.

    But, we’ll never know if she would have been as forthcoming with the information if her contract had been renewed on January 1, 2021, and especially under the current circumstances where the allegations of abuse are in the public domain.

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  • @Sargeant

    Theee is merit in your position it she has come now. Let us deal with it!

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  • @ Sargeant March 16, 2021 9:02 AM
    “Have you noticed how many women ae “stepping up” in the allegations against Cuomo? Some a few years after the fact, so let Ms.Hoyte speak her piece.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Same thing applies to the Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby situations.

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  • “What concerns me is the fact that some member of staff or someone had access to, and breached the privacy of that child to take a photograph or a video of a child in a vulnerable situation. That is against the rules of the institution, that’s against the rights of the child, her rights to privacy. No person should have been in a position to take a picture of that child and expose that child to unwanted publicity or even ridicule, far less the institution.
    At the end of the day, we will get to the bottom of this. If any of that child’s rights have been breached, someone will have to answer for it.”

    Is this a warning to ‘evil-doers or a threat to ‘do-gooders”?

    I sent this through my Theometer and the needle came up on the side of threat. Why?

    One theme that jumps out from the articles/blogs is a lack of response or inaction from the Minister. The minister was warned and informed often enough so that action could have been taken. Given the ages of these children, this inaction rises to the level of incompetence.

    You can either attempt to cure incompetence or you can try to hide it. Since he has demonstrated an inability to correct the situation, we believe he will quickly apply a self-serving patch and to SILENCE future whistleblowers. Problem solved. Ongoing and continuous incompetence is hidden.

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  • “I will urge you to pray for Marsha Hinds-Layne. I am quite certain that they have already decided how to ease her out of the system. It would be funny, if she got a “bigger” job in a completely different department/organization.”

    just another corrupt day in the Slave Soiciety….even if they have to punish her with a promotion, at taxpayers expense, just like they sent the Supervisor of Insurance Vernese Brathwaite, i think her name is, on PAID LEAVE for exposing the corruption at CLICO…when their partner Leroy Leper was ILLEGALLY SELLING a scam and she exposed it when he refused to stop…she asked for police intervention..that was more than Enuff to remove her……paid leave, she’s probably still there..and that was since BEFORE 2008….just so they can continue covering up their CLICO SCAM………they are not the ones paying for it, it’s at taxpayer’s expense.

    i know personally of people who were removed and sent to another department in another building for exposing their nastiness…just for doing their civic duty…

    all of them from the slave parliament, the supreme court and every other hole coming down, need to be MARKED AS PARIAHS everywhere they go, no exceptions.

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  • This is what DECADES OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS against the Black population….MANIFESTS INTO over time.

    https://www.nationnews.com/2021/03/16/four-confess-torturing-boy/

    “Four men who confessed to torturing a boy, including scalding his hands at the Nature Fun Ranch last month, got a scolding yesterday ahead of their sentencing.”

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  • NOW head: Don’t blame messenger
    MINISTER OF HOME AFFAIRS WILFRED ABRAHAMS has come under fire for what is being deemed to be misplaced outrage at the whistle-blower who took photographic evidence of a 14-yearold girl lying naked on a cement floor in a solitary confinement cell at the Government Industrial School (GIS).
    Board member at the school and head of the National Organisation of Women, Marsha Hinds-Layne, said she was “disturbed” that the main focus of the minister’s concern appeared to be not directed at the fact that the shocking incident, which has resulted in much public outcry, occurred in the first place.
    Meanwhile, former attorney general Adriel Brathwaite, who had ministerial responsibility for GIS from 2010 to 2018, said the issues there could not be looked at in isolation, but rather it was a case of overhauling the entire juvenile justice system.
    Hinds-Layne described Abrahams’ comments as “unfortunate”, adding they exemplified the Government’s lack of commitment to bringing about the “urgent” reform needed at the facility.
    She said Abrahams’ position was a glaring contradiction to Government’s public commitment to facilitate whistle-blower complaints.
    “Here was the Government in Parliament discussing the very notion of whistle-blowing within the context of stamping out corruption. Now we have someone who put a lot on the line to step forward to help the girls at the Government Industrial School, and all the minister could be upset about was that somebody had the audacity to out the treatment that the girls were receiving.
    Whistle-blowing
    “Now notice, the minister did not refute one claim that was made; his focus was on the whistle-blowing. So it makes me want to know what my tax dollars were set out to do last week in the Parliament,” Hinds- Layne said. In a recorded address on Monday, Abrahams promised a full investigation into the matter, while expressing concern that someone had taken a photo of the child in the cell. “What concerns me is the fact that some member of staff or someone had access to, and breached the privacy of that child to take a photograph or a video of a child in a vulnerable situation. That is against the rules of the institution; that’s against the rights of the child, her rights to privacy. No person should have been in a position to take a picture of that child and expose that child to unwanted publicity or even ridicule, far less the institution . . . .
    “I am not going to rest until we get to the bottom of this matter . . . . The rights of any person, in particular a child, should never be compromised. And I don’t want it under my watch.”
    Hinds-Layne said she had written countless letters about the goingson at GIS to Abrahams, as well as to the former minister [Edmund Hinkson] and the Office of the Prime Minister, yet there had been no indication that change would be forthcoming.
    She acknowledged that the issues were not new, charging that the last Democratic Labour Party administration had allowed the institutional wrongs to fester for years.
    When contacted, Brathwaite, who was part of that administration, acknowledged the issues were long-standing but said fixing GIS was only part of the solution to Barbados’ handling of juvenile matters.
    “We have been criminalising our young people for too long. For example, the issue of wandering, for which the young lady in question was charged, is really a case of young people begging for help. In most instances, it means that the child has some issue at home. So I cannot understand how a child who is begging for help can end up in a cell naked. I don’t understand it at all, and something is fundamentally wrong with how these children are being treated in modern Barbados,” he said.
    “Is that the extent of the help that the Government Industrial School can offer to a child in 2021? That is why we need to move towards having a juvenile court and drug treatment.
    “It also calls for training of staff at the GIS, as lots of them came from a background where their focus is keeping the children so that they don’t escape, as opposed to true reform. We need to have a similar type of approach to that of the Barbados Youth Service.” ( CLM)

    Source: Nation

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  • It’s a national scandal, says Franklyn
    “A SCANDAL of national proportion!”
    That is how Senator Caswell Franklyn has described the many incidents at the girls’ section of the Government Industrial School (GIS).
    Franklyn, who heads Unity Workers’ Union, has represented three staff members at the reform school who were either suspended or dismissed, according to him, for speaking up and trying to highlight the wrongs against the children sentenced there from the courts.
    He told the MIDWEEK NATION yesterday that the staff had been “victimised” and “dehumanised” but nothing had been done about it.
    He added the most recent incident was the firing of janitor Monique Hoyte last December after she witnessed a 14-year-old girl being beaten.
    Franklyn said he assisted Hoyte in writing a letter to Director General Gail Atkins, but lamented that up to this day Hoyte had never received a response and the report into the beating of the child “has not seen the light of day”.
    He recalled that four years ago he also represented two other staff members who were suspended following what he called “false allegations” of sexual abuse against them.
    He said that in one of the cases, a child recanted the report she had given the police.
    Franklyn said that while the staff member was eventually brought back to work after being on suspension for two years, no investigation had ever been conducted into the false report.
    He revealed that since the woman went back to work at the GIS, she was beaten severely by a child and was now afraid to work at night.
    Franklyn also criticised Minister of Home Affairs Wilfred Abrahams over the way he has dealt with the GIS since he took over the ministry last July, but added that the ministers who went before him had not addressed what was happening there.
    “He has a habit of promising investigations and not fulfilling the promise,” he said.
    “You have one instance where one of the officers down there, when the girl got released from the school, took her home as her girlfriend. These things are not investigated. The officers are not disciplined, they are not dismissed and some of these people are not fit to work [there] ….
    “And the staff that try to protect the girls are always dehumanised and dismissed. This place needs an investigation and some people going home. Everybody knows what is going on and everybody is keeping quiet and hoping that these problems would go away.
    “This is a scandal of national proportion. There seems to be a conspiracy of silence and nobody wants to talk about it,” Franklyn said. (MB)

    Source: Nation

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  • “Here was the Government in Parliament discussing the very notion of whistle-blowing within the context of stamping out corruption. Now we have someone who put a lot on the line to step forward to help the girls at the Government Industrial School, and all the minister could be upset about was that somebody had the audacity to out the treatment that the girls were receiving.
    Whistle-blowing.”

    Frauds…they can get nothing right….always contradicting themselves and deceitful by default..

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  • “Hinds-Layne said she had written countless letters about the goingson at GIS to Abrahams, as well as to the former minister [Edmund Hinkson] and the Office of the Prime Minister, yet there had been no indication that change would be forthcoming.’

    none of them cares about Black children’s human rights, young people’s human rights, rights of the elderly. THEY JUST DON’T

    wonder if Abrams see the total idiot he made of himself..

    “Franklyn, who heads Unity Workers’ Union, has represented three staff members at the reform school who were either suspended or dismissed, according to him, for speaking up and trying to highlight the wrongs against the children sentenced there from the courts.
    He told the MIDWEEK NATION yesterday that the staff had been “victimised” and “dehumanised” but nothing had been done about it.’

    anyone surprised, we have covered these HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN BARBADOS for years…and were called liars…the island needs to be put on a HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH LIST….they take violating black human rights to a gross level that CANNOT BE IGNORED…and all DBLP frauds of parliament do is TALK, collect their salaraies and refuse to do anything to solve the problems or halt the social decay.

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  • https://www.nationnews.com/2021/02/13/family-may-sue-scalding/

    https://www.nationnews.com/2021/03/16/four-confess-torturing-boy/

    Alas, I have been away too long. I now see things through an Americans lens instead of my natural Barbadian lens. And this clarity of vision has often taken me where I would not normally go. Be it six adults or be it three adults, that number is overkill when dealing with a 14-year old.

    I will now enter the arena of speculation. The fact that they burned his hands suggests to me that something was stolen and I hope this was the case, even though I vehemently disagree with that course of action. My active imagination has led me down avenues that I do not want pursue, as I pray there was nothing sexual about this harmful contact. Is this bullying or failed sado-masochism?

    It is time we take off our blinders and deal with cold hard facts. This viciousness and savagery against the weak seem to be a theme that runs through all sectors of society; from the man in the streets to those in the courts (who should be the frontline of our defenses against cruelty. Distribute a little power in Barbados and customers/clients are rewarded with a savagery that harkens back to a distant past.

    Savaged at camp and then savaged by the prosecutor. “Prosecutor Constable Sayleen Hinds, had no objection to bail in the District “D” Magistrates’ Court, stating the boy was no longer enrolled in the programme so there was no reason for interaction” was being ridiculous. What is next? “Your honor, you can grant bail as the murder victim will have no more interaction with his murderer”. Ridiculous. Please do not rush in to explain about bail.

    It is quite possible that, here, we are dealing with several sick individuals and not one of them had the strength of character to say “This is a child, this is wrong”. The expression that three heads are better than one has been soundly refuted in my homeland and should be replaced with three heads are just as savage as one.

    Why six boys initially and then only four? Let me tell you a story. Growing-up, I had a friend who served time. One day he explained to me why he was a convict and others were not. “All of us did the crime, but the other boys had parent who begged for them. I had no one. On the day in court when I looked around it was just me by myself”. Let us hope this is not the case.

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  • What bothers me as i have said thousands of times on BU…WHERE ARE THE HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYERS ON THE ISLAND….this should not STILL be HAPPENING IN 2021..

    .they love to boast and brag about how many lawyers they have….but not one have the testicular fortitude or the spine to drag these two useless, worthless black governments up to human rights tribunals for what they allow to occur….and apparently DON’T PLAN TO END IT..

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  • …………………………Let me tell you a story. Growing-up, I had a friend who served time. One day he explained to me why he was a convict and others were not. “All of us did the crime, but the other boys had parent who begged for them. I had no one. On the day in court when I looked around it was just me by myself”. ….(Quote)

    This is the moral vacuum in Barbadian culture, the island that so many of us are so proud of. What does it say about our court s. Nothing has changed. I am sure some of the magistrates we now have were not even born then.

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  • This is the spirit of reparations…so that current and future generations of the descendants of the ENSLAVED could benefit throughout lifetimes and not crooks tiefing $50 billion dollars from descendants and build SHITE in St. Lucy so that the descendants of SLAVERS, the SLAVE PATROL and the SELLOUTS of parliament ONLY can benefit….

    Most are trying to atone for human rights abuses from the past….but Barbados intends to carry on the same traditions against Africans…

    “By
    Marisa Iati
    March 16, 2021 at 6:12 p.m. GMT-4
    One of the Catholic Church’s most well-known religious orders has pledged $100 million for the descendants of hundreds of enslaved people they once profited from — a significant move toward atoning for its slavery as the United States continues to reckon with its past.

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    Those descendants and the Jesuit order of priests on Monday announced the creation of the Descendants Truth & Reconciliation Foundation to fund descendants’ educations and support programs that promote racial reconciliation and justice. The nonprofit group will ultimately seek to raise $1 billion through other private donations.

    Joseph Stewart, a descendant and the foundation’s acting president, said the descendants approached the Jesuits with a vision for atonement that would benefit their future offspring more than the current generation. The Georgetown Memory Project, a nonprofit organization, has identified roughly 10,000 descendants, about 5,000 of whom are living….

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  • Pardon GIS teen!
    Deputy chairman makes call to Abrahams
    by MARIA BRADSHAW
    mariabradshaw@nationnews.com
    DEPUTY CHAIRMAN of the Government Industrial School (GIS) Marsha Hinds-Layne is calling for the immediate release and the pardoning of the 14-year-old girl at the centre of an internal investigation at the facility.
    Hinds-Layne, the Deputy Chairman of the GIS board, charged that the child had been “wrongfully imprisoned” and as a result, Minister of Home Affairs Wilfred Abrahams had the authority to pardon her and send her home.
    The juvenile has been the focus of public discussion this week after this newspaper highlighted how she had been placed in solitary confinement naked on a concrete floor at the girls reform school following a meltdown over the quality of the food which she had been served.
    The day after the story broke, Abrahams announced that an investigation would be carried out to determine if there were any breaches of the child’s rights and who had taken a picture.
    Hinds-Layne is against the continued incarceration of the child who was remanded the St Lucy juvenile facility for wandering.
    “I am saying that this child has been wrongfully imprisoned. Given the case and circumstances of the case, she was inappropriately placed there and because of that I am calling for her immediate release. And now that the Minister is conducting an investigation you cannot keep a person in an institution, when you accept that the institution has to be investigated, to see if her rights were breached or not. That makes no sense,” she said.
    The president of the National Organisation of Women further stated that the child’s attorney intervened yesterday morning, when officials at the GIS took her to the Psychiatric Hospital for an appointment, without notifying her parents or the lawyer.
    Action condemned
    “They were trying to take her to the Psychiatric Hospital without her mother being there. When we found out this morning her lawyer was able to call and halt the visit until the mother got there so she was able to oversee what was happening.”
    The outspoken women’s advocate further condemned this action.
    Hinds-Layne was also on the radio call-in programme Brass Tacks yesterday where she made it clear that no photograph or video of the child lying in the cell was in circulation.
    She said she had the photograph and the only people she had given it to was the child’s attorney and her mother.
    “When two incidents happened in November last year I made a recommendation that the girls section be closed. It is clear that this is not a situation where you can take out two or three people and be remedied. It has gotten to the point where the core of the institution has experienced some rough spots… The brand is too far damaged. We have to just close and start again.”
    Child rights advocate and former Magistrate, Faith Marshall-Harris, who sits on the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child also weighed in on the matter on Brass Tacks.
    In terms of the Convention On the Rights of the Child, she said some of the things Barbados had agreed to was never subject a child to solitary confinement; that the depravation of liberty would be a last resort; that the child should always be held in decent accommodation and that meals would be wholesome and fit for consumption.
    She also stressed that children who came into conflict with the law were entitled to legal representation at every stage as she pointed out that parents and children were not being made aware of this.
    The DAILY NATION reached out to Abrahams for an update on the situation and his response to the call for the child to be pardoned but up to press time there was no response.

    Source: Nation

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  • This is the same one don’t want Black children homeschooled…A VIOLATION OF THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS…..so what kind of human rights child advocate is that…

    “Child rights advocate and former Magistrate, Faith Marshall-Harris, who sits on the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child also weighed in on the matter on Brass Tacks.
    In terms of the Convention On the Rights of the Child, she said some of the things Barbados had agreed to was never subject a child to solitary confinement; that the depravation of liberty would be a last resort; that the child should always be held in decent accommodation and that meals would be wholesome and fit for consumption.
    She also stressed that children who came into conflict with the law were entitled to legal representation at every stage as she pointed out that parents and children were not being made aware of this.”

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  • Where is our first female prime minister?

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  • “The president of the National Organisation of Women further stated that the child’s attorney intervened yesterday morning, when officials at the GIS took her to the Psychiatric Hospital for an appointment, without notifying her parents or the lawyer.”

    Like it or not, psychiatric hospitals are part of the state and are used in an abusive manner. Do you remember the Tiger Farrell story? How they attempted to take her off the game board by sending her to a mental institution?

    The first thing they do is to ‘stamp’ you as mad and then your fellow citizens ignore ‘the madman’. Psychiatric hospitals are the state’s rubber stamp for dehumanizing a person. Often used to remove a troublesome piece from the board.

    Look at your sons and daughters.
    Imagine them getting caught up by the system (right or wrong).
    Imagine that for some reason the system does not know they are your relatives.
    Imagine hard cold floors
    Imagine sexual organs and butt exposed for peephole viewing
    Imagine them being sent and confined at a psychiatric hospital without your knowledge or approval.

    The only way you can stop this happening to your child by accident is to prevent it from happening to anyone.

    Is the Minister so wicked and incompetent that he would destroy this young person to save himself? It must be asked.

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  • Thank God for the strong and sensible women of Barbados.
    Marsha Hinds-Layne
    Faith Marshall-Harris
    Monique Hoyte
    👍👍

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  • Are we given our medical professionals a free pass? Are we allowing their unethical behavior to go without condemnation?

    Let me cite the case of Yugee Farrell where the GoV (St Vincent) silenced, shamed and ‘discredited’ her by having her placed in a mental institution; now we see the GoB (or its representatives) planning to use a mental institution to blunt the horror of what was done to a citizen (a minor).

    How can these governments be confident that they will find a doctor to give them the diagnoses that they desire. Are we given our medical professional a pass

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  • @ Williams

    Nothing has changed about Barbados society over the last 80 or so years. The problem now is that they do it to young girls, who should be in school, and it has become public.
    Who is in charge of the GIS? Who is the minister responsible? When is he going to tender his resignation? Who has spoken to the girl’s parents?
    Not a word from our president and it is not the first time. Remember Black Lives Matter. This is the moral vacuum at the heart of Barbadian society which when I call it a failed state I am bitterly criticised. It runs from the top to the bottom of society; from the church to the gambling dens. Listen to the silence of the church.
    Remember the man who attack Ninja Man. Has he ever been arrested? No. The assumption is that Ninja Man is not important and does not deserve justice.
    Remember the cruel death of Ezra Moseley. Has the driver of the vehicle ever been questioned under oath?
    I can go on.

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  • Barbados must have something in common with the medieval RACIST royal family and its unfit for purpose purpose channeling same behaviour going back centuries.

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  • Oh well, since the old 50 billion dollar scam from 2005 with the 146 page document did not work to build the St. Lucy Project, time to join with Africa….and pretend to be Africans……same frauds who thought they could get UK and EU to rob Africa so they could maintain slave societies of Africans in the Caribbean…..they have no shame, what they should’ve done first, only just occured to them…..so now they will learn who really has the resources….and a brand new currency..

    “Plans for Kenya to host a CARICOM and Africa Summit in 2020 had to be put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but CARICOM Heads of Government have also agreed to seek collaboration with the African Union (AU) to co-sponsor a proposed summit with European Heads of Government on the issue of reparations.”

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  • William…they have NO SHAME…..CHECK IT OUT…..only now they realize how much they will need Africa..

    “Faith Marshall-Harris”..

    .that one is misleading you Theo, don’t fall for it, she don’t protect Black children, don’t want to see them homeschooled and is part of the clique who JAIL Black parents, particularly Rasta families who try to homeschool their children, but have no problem seeing whites/closed bretherens, indians etc homeschooling theirs….there was a blog about that topic ..right here on BU, most people avoided that blog like the plague…

    don’t be misled, most of them are anti-black and support human rights abuses against Black people including children.

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  • “Is the Minister so wicked and incompetent that he would destroy this young person to save himself? It must be asked.”

    yes and yes, answered.

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  • And the whistleblower who tried to save this child, also have to watch their back..

    so you see now that the games they have played with the integrity legislation and anticorruption bills for the past neary 3 years is really to destroy whistleblowers……they can’t even hide it anymore.

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  • “Faith Marshall-Harris”

    now comes the COVER UP THEIR ASSES….ya will hear that they DON’T KNOW that human rights of Black children are routinely violated on the island….although they are the child advocate, one wonders exactly what do they tell the UN when asked…first thing i would want to know is HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE VILATION OF children rights on the island as advocate…and listen to the answer..

    so…

    “don’t let them change you
    or try to rearrange you”

    and certainly, don’t LET THEM MISLEAD YOU….they are very good at that..

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  • This is a good read
    https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/03/19/childrens-advocate-backs-new-facilities-over-reform-school/
    @wura- FMHarris appears to be somewhat different from what you say.

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  • Theo…ya getting reeled in….this woman was a CHILDREN’S ADVOCATE FOR YEARS……she now has to cover her ass…..she CAN’T SAY SHE DID NOT KNOW ABOUT WHAT IS BEING SAID….re the abuse of children rights in a GOVERNMENT RUN INSTITUTION…

    .did the other lady not say HOW MANY LETTERS SHE WROTE TO THOSE WHO HAVE THE CLOUT TO STOP the GIS human rights abuse….do you really believe she did not get one of those letters….and as someone claiming representation under UN rules and as a FORMER MAGISTRATE…you really believe she knew nothing…

    ..the SHIT HAS HIT THE FAN…everyone will now use their naked fingers to plug all that shit so it don’t blow back on them….notice it took her days to come out, this was brewing all last week…. i even forgot she existed…

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  • I have been saying for sometime, it’s the human rights abuse AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE on the island that will bring these nogood sellouts down….the UN has them on a human trafficking watch, neocolonialism and crypto-racism….FOR A VERY LONG TIME……….black face governments in a majority black country…

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  • https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/03/18/hold-gis-accountable-ross/

    never buy into their bullshit Theo…YES…the news is VERY DISTURBING but OLD and well known, it’s no secret…..don’t let a former magistrate and self-proclaimed child advocate tell you she didn’t know.

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  • Let this sink in Theo…wuh if people on the CONTINENT OF AFRICA…know and talk about the human rights abuses against African descent people in Barbados……WHO DOESN’T?

    “I know girls who have come out and went into prostitution. I spoke to another girl who recently came out and she said to me that she felt like a slave and she referred to the ‘wicked, spiteful’ people encountered and these are words that come from these children,” Ross said.

    Ross recalled that when the Government changed in 2018, Johnny Tudor took over the chairmanship of the board and soon after made sweeping comments about the operations at the GIS and called for the removal of the principal.

    “After that outburst by the new chairman, he went totally quiet. Not another word came out from GIS board about that situation. And if a person was so passionate about what he saw and could make those statements in his capacity as the chairman and then went into keeping quiet, then we could all guess what happened.”

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