Minister Wilfred Abrahams Labelled Dismissive and Prideful

STATEMENT TO THE PRESS FROM WOMEN IN ACTION NETWORK (WiAN)8th July 2022

The Women in Action Network (WiAN) has taken note of the prideful and dismissive stance taken by Minister Wilfred Abrahams towards the women of this nation. Organizations of women young and old have been asking the Minister for answers via an update on the wellbeing of the girls at the Government Industrial School (GIS), reports from the 2021 investigation and the report on the 2022 investigation. As these reports appear not to be forthcoming it would perhaps be easier for the Minister to answer direct questions. We want to know who is responsible for the maltreatment of the girls in the care of the State at GIS and therefore put the following questions to the Minister:

What was the basis for deciding on who was to be interviewed by the recent panel?
Did the panel interview the former House Mistress who signed the reports that were written for her?
Why was the Watchman not interviewed?
Why did the panel not interview wards who complained severely about the maltreatment at GIS?
Why did the panel not interview the girl who had to endure a broken jaw for 2 weeks before seeing a doctor?
Why did the panel not interview the girl who was kicked around on the ground by three staffers for her refusal to go into solitary confinement?
What are the qualifications of the Supervisors on staff?
It is alleged that staff is trying to keep a certain 15 year old girl incarcerated and sedated on psychotropic drugs to prevent her from talking. Is this allegation true?
Have you investigated the repeated allegation of men having liberal access to incarcerated girls after sun down?
Have you investigated practices of staffers throwing water on girls who are stripped naked and locked up in the cells?
Was the Permanent Secretary who sanctioned the actions of the GIS administration also interviewed by the panel?

The next list of questions based on diary entries by an incarcerated teenage girl will address allegations of the Principal taking over the role of privately welcoming girls to GIS upon their arrival.
Mr. Minister how will the reports of 2021 and 2022 be reconciled with your alleged statement at a staff meeting assuring staff that you will be standing behind them 100% and that you don’t mind if you are sacked as you have been an Attorney for 27 years and can go back to your law practice?
Honourable Minister, if one child is abused, that is one child too many. Who is going to be held accountable?

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  • The blogmaster urges the activists for a good cause to keep up the pressure. One one blow does kill ole cow.

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  • David
    The cause being a seat in parliament.🤣🤣

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  • @enuff

    What about the substantive matter? The minister needs to address frontally the GIS matter.

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  • David
    Why state the obvious? I leave that those who post for likes.

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  • Attempts by those in control of what happens at GIS would frustrate the process
    Questions would be met with non answers
    The process would eventually come to a creeping hault and swept under the rug
    Like Caswell the GIS activist would most likely be seen or heard no more

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  • @enuff

    A good dodge.

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  • Government “Inquiries” tend to be Cover Up Whitewash Jobs to hide dirt and culpability rather than penetrate deep to reveal the correct truth and facts in institutional systemic breaches of rights, and just another Weapon of Mass Deception tool in the toolbox to fool the people that will not lead to real progress forward.

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  • ” I leave that those who post for likes.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Why do YOU post Enuff?
    To appease the supreme one?

    Or in this case to defend an incompetent joker and archetypical Bajan lawyah, who is in the game purely for self, who has no idea of effective management, and who has messed up in every area he has been placed….?

    How we could SERIOUSLY expect to run a billion-dollar economy SUCCESSFULLY under the leadership of a bunch of dishonest misfits is beyond Bushie….

    The price will be steep….and will be paid by ALL.

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  • Abrahams is probably taking a page from the former government which was known as the government of silence.

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  • DavidJuly 9, 2022 8:00 AM

    Abrahams is probably taking a page from the former government which was known as the government of silence
    Xxxxxc
    Maybe as a member of the media you should give him a call

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  • This govt has a well oiled PR machine to keep controversial issues out of the piercing eyes of the public
    Caswell a well known advocate for the people has been silenced and somewhat disappeared
    The nurses plight has all but been forgotten
    A govt spending thousands of dollars on a PR machine not gonna sit idly and let advocates control the narrative
    Hence the word Silence speaks volumes in their favour

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  • What is your DLP doing? That party still subscribes to the Freundel Stuart tradition of silence? A case of a party being irrelevant at a time democracy needs it most ?

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    “Why do YOU post Enuff?”

    good question…with all this HIGH LEVEL….evidence DRIVEN exposure…what could they possibly still get out of enabling…

    now this statement will be read on every continent..

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  • DavidJuly 9, 2022 8:41 AM

    What is your DLP doing? That party still subscribes to the Freundel Stuart tradition of silence? A case of a party being irrelevant at a time democracy needs it most
    Xxxx
    I guess with a well.oiled PR machine at taxpayers expense present govt can say or don’t say whatever pleases themselves

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  • I did not listen to the speech but from the comments it appears that missed nothing.

    So when did the AG become a joker.
    Was it after the 2022 elections?
    Wasn’t he a part of the repeat 30-0?
    Wasn’t his repeat base on past performance?

    If it was then we see that ‘past performance is not N indicator of future performance’ (or was it?).

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  • Caswell use to do a good job as a one man show? At some point we have to learn a one man cannot do it. What did he do?

    He wrote articles.

    He called the talk shows.

    He was always available to the media to answer questions.

    He addressed community concerns, honestly.

    Feel free to add to the list.

    What is the DLP doing to advocate citizen concerns? So far all we have heard are ‘canned’ noises from George street.

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    Shameful….that Caswell ALWAYS had to stand alone with no VISIBLE support from those who yap the most on here…

    don’t yall think it’s time ya ACTUALLY STAND UP and DO something…

    .it’s UNFAIR to expect one man or woman to do everything to save YOUR PEOPLE and YOURSELVES from these criminals found in the cabinet, judiciary and minority crimunity….while they ESCAPE accountability.

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  • On many social media pages Caswell.was appreciated
    His advocacy could not have lasted that long if other voices were not giving support
    His biggest mistake was one of joining the mcguffies in Parliament
    While in Parliament he was targeted by the govt PR machine which on many occasions he stated he was not given access to govt initiatives before hand until he saw them during Parliament debates
    His voice has been silent
    At least during the past ten years His voiced was heard by all in Sundry
    Don’t forget he also came into the cross fire of gun violence

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  • David Bu although Mr Franklyn sometimes stood up for specific causes at times he appeared to be granstanding to solicit members for his union.Nothing wrong with that but i too notice since the nurses strike which he did not receive general support for he has gone silent.I wonder why? As for AC what is your leader Dr Obama Yearwood doing eccept rolling oit a lot of half baked ideas.In my view if he survives he will suffer the same fate as the political nightwatchman Ms Depeiza.I gone.

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  • UBS is reporting that 85 percent of central banks either hold or expect to be holding the Chinese yuan, renminbi.

    Wonder how much the likes of the subject of this article recommends the local CB holds.

    Why not gold as part of the mix?

    Why not the rouble, ruble..

    Or must this cycle end as destined, predicted, predictable.

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    “Why not gold as part of the mix?

    Why not the rouble, ruble..”

    they better get with the program REAL FAST, it’s obvious they are NOWHERE NEAR THERE YET…..and have NO CLUE…

    still STUCK on and busy with DECEIVING and LYING to the public…so they can’t see or know what is really happening IN THE REAL WORLD.

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  • Dr. Yearwood has made his presence known on social media platforms as well as local media
    In so much that the issue of govt resistance to helping the most needy which in my estimate attributes to about 80percent of the population and not a measly 1000 as estimated by govt
    Dr. Yearwood rallying cry for govt to help barbadian households did not fall on deaf of the govt as govt responded in a small way although yet all await the results from govt PR intervention

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  • Caswell was a man of his time
    Seems as if govt has pushed him into a hiding hole from which he has been unable to dig his way out
    The GIS advocates must remain strong but have an uphill battle to climb fighting govt PR machine
    Don’t expect the courts to do much to help them
    This is a govt of total control

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  • Caswell has his heart in the right place. He has committed to his advocacy role and at the same time he has to balance a responsibility to running his business/union. The blogmaster has a lot of respect for the former Senator.

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  • Actually Ronnie’s persona still has to emerge from the noise. Mia continues to soak all the oxygen from the room. Until Yearwood announced his team and the public gets a good feel of what they are a about, it is business as usual, BLO 30 others 0.

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    “Or must this cycle end as destined, predicted, predictable.”

    Pacha….don’t hold your breath that they have the power to move away from what they spent their whole lives salivating to become a part of…..information out there states that they are an EMPLOYEE of the WEC disease…so they CANNOT go against their master’s wishes..

    when ya want worldwide recognition and prestige and don’t even give a thought to safety, security and wellbeing of the people whom YA BEGGED FOR VOTES ….ya gotta SELL YA SOUL..

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    correction:

    *information out there states that they are a WILLING EMPLOYEE of the WEF disease…

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  • Ronnie Persona is well known and appreciated across social media where his voice has been a strong advocacy for the Barbadian households having to carry the ballooning debt of govt
    As if govt has not created enough of a debt profile
    Yesterday govt stood as a 12million guarantor for the UWI
    Yet govt has to commission a committee to help struggling barbadians
    BTW 60-0 can lose

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  • Bush Tea
    I post to rile you and others up. But I also know NOT to post that 8 outta 12 is 80%,🤣🤣

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  • Conspiracy theory alert

    Sometimes it is not the actual robbery but the memories that stay on your mind. The randomness, your vulnerability and that of relatives; the message eventually sinks in …
    The union business is still safe… other business ???

    Caswell got his message in 2020.
    https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/01/07/senator-reliving-gun-incident/

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  • Wait for it. A win by default. How does that help anyone?

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    unless the people are willing to STAND UP FOR THEMSELVES…Caswell SHOULD NOT put himself out there anymore….a lot of people have woken up, so there are many people already know what to do.

    ..the talk only brigade can remain on their own…we did as much as we can over the years and can only do so much individually….with all the fight down ya get from the ignorant…

    It’s always been easy to get Judas jobs…when ya got no ethics, morals or self-respect..

    so where did the 182 million dollars received for land in Holetown go……organizations are the ones organizing to help the vulnerable on the island….did a dime of that money go toward these helpless people..

    shitpicker should be more concerned with whose names are liable to be on SEALED INDICTMENTS…

    ah know mine int dere..

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  • A next 30-0 would be folly, madness, lunacy and incontrovertible proof that the ‘yardfowls’ have more sense than the rest of us.

    A win, I could understand.. but a 30-0. Hell no. He who feels it is not feeling it.

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  • Whilst I understand the phrase less is more, I can see it giving rise to roaches thinking ‘they are punching above their weight’😃
    Boy, I does kill myself. Hopefully, my more serious side returns

    Oops. I just proved that less is more.

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    “I can see it giving rise to roaches thinking ‘they are punching above their weight’😃”

    lol

    Theo…people are doing what they KNOW must be done, been doing it for years, knew there was a time limit, and used it wisely….they are not waiting for any talk only crowd..who got nuff talk for each other but can’t draft a plan of action to save their people.

    ..they GOT UP and are doing the right things….that’s why we reap such success, no one needs talk only tag alongs…most things are kept from them…for obvious reasons..

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  • David
    Dodge? This week the government delivered another of its promises. I have faith that it will continue to do so. Also happy for you to continue providing a platform for constructive criticism, obstinance and plenty pettiness.

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  • William Skinner

    @ WARU
    It’s a Bajan thing. We always want somebody elsec lto sacrifice themselves on our own behalf.
    Many who calling for Caswell now were castigating him for going after the government a few months ago.
    Remember the ones on BU who said he was just looking for media exposure .
    Just check the archives.
    Hypocrites !!

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    “It’s a Bajan thing. We always want somebody elsec lto sacrifice themselves on our own behalf.”

    not moi…i could hear they are coming for them tomorrow with SHACKLES and CHAINS or whatever newly formed enslavement method is AVAILABLE right now …i won’t tell them ONE SHITE…they are lucky they still get useful info…..only because i know there are those who don’t necessarily comment, like the groupie fowls, but they listen and pay attention…

    .they had tons and tons of warnings and cussed us for our troubles…i know who and where am appreciated and that’s where the REAL info will go…or they will have to read all about it on my sites…

    let them figure it out on their own..

    “Many who calling for Caswell now were castigating him for going after the government a few months ago.”

    i remember.

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  • Not calling for Caswell
    JustnQuestioning his sudden disappearance
    Some what strange that ten years and before his zeal of advocacy against past govt policies left no stone unturned
    Now his present silence give mystery as to ask why

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  • Total disrespect for the small business person

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  • @Enuff

    The blogmaster appreciates there is a need to check things on a list BUT it must translate to performance how it improves society.

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  • David
    That’s for you to determine whether seeking to improve the working conditions, physical and otherwise,
    of employees “improves society”. I maintain that I only state facts and refrain from running my mout fuh likes. Somethings I refuse to comment on just to let the herd run off the cliff.🤭

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  • @ Enuff
    “Bush Tea…..I post to rile you and others up.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    LOL
    Well concentrate on the others cause you CANNOT rile Bushie up… the bushman likes you too bad….! (:

    Caswell’s problem is OBVIOUS….
    The poor chap HAS to be totally FED UP with the unprecedented idiocy of brass bowl Bajans…

    Unlike Bushie, Caswell probably does not grasp the spiritual NATURE of brassbowlery, and must be at a TOTAL loss as to how so many allegedly ‘intelligent;’ Bajans can be just as foolish as ac….

    Same shiite happened to a chap called ‘Jonah’ …. and he went on a cruise to get away from the brass bowl idiots in Nineveh
    LOL… his donkeys was returned to the job via ‘whale transport.’…

    @ Caswell
    No cruises or fishing for you boss
    ….besides wunna St Thomas people can’t even swim….

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  • @Enuff

    Ignore the herd and operate to your standard?

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    Caswell is getting good advice….STAY PUT…and just keep safe

    this is being handled in other areas, OUT OF REACH…….where no one can interfere.

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  • Waru

    In Sri Lanka, the people have taken over the presidential palace. The dictator is in hiding.

    Is this the future for our dictator and the retinue of sycophant?

    Or will the guillotine be relied upon to deliver justice?

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  • Caswell Franklyn is no longer leader of the opposition.
    The leader of the opposition position has gone
    Up in Smoke

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  • Sporing History
    Greatest Misses in Politics
    DLP were offered 2 senate seats by the PM but made some loud farting noises instead
    they then did a U-turn to asked if the offer was still open but it had been taken off the table

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    “Is this the future for our dictator and the retinue of sycophant?

    Or will the guillotine be relied upon to deliver justice?”

    despite what they have TOLD THEMSELVES for the last 100 years…even they should KNOW that the PEOPLE are the GOVERNMENT, they, put them there, and therefore they are mere EMPLOYEES….and when the PEOPLE can’t take the human rights abuses, oppression, suppression, thefts of their money etc and disenfranchisement anymore….THEY WILL ACT..

    TLSN was just telling me they BURNT DOWN his house….he is lucky he was not in it…

    all the warnings are THERE….and if they choose to ignore them…oh well….what can we say, but watch the free theatre.

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  • Bush Tea July 9, 2022 12:46 PM

    @ Enuff
    “Bush Tea…..I post to rile you and others up.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    LOL
    Well concentrate on the others cause you CANNOT rile Bushie up… the bushman likes you too bad….! (:

    Caswell’s problem is OBVIOUS….
    The poor chap HAS to be totally FED UP with the unprecedented idiocy of brass bowl Bajans…

    Unlike Bushie, Caswell probably does not grasp the spiritual NATURE of brassbowlery, and must be at a TOTAL loss as to how so many allegedly ‘intelligent;’ Bajans can be just as foolish as ac….

    Same shiite happened to a chap called ‘Jonah’ …. and he went on a cruise to get away from the brass bowl idiots in Nineveh
    LOL… his donkeys was returned to the job via ‘whale transport.’…

    @ Caswell
    No cruises or fishing for you boss
    ….besides wunna St Thomas people can’t even swim….

    Thank you Bushie, I could not have said it better.

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  • Wow
    Caswell speaks once again
    Here comes more trouble in Paradise

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  • Words matter Barbados is truly too small to hide

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  • PachamamaJuly 9, 2022 1:08 PM

    Waru

    In Sri Lanka, the people have taken over the presidential palace. The dictator is in hiding.

    Is this the future for our dictator and the retinue of sycophant?

    Or will the guillotine be relied upon to deliver justice?

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    …. but cricket playing.

    SL 251 for 3 in their first innings of the test match, Matthews and Chandimal at the crease.

    Australia made 364.

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  • Still fighting the children’s cause
    By Maria Bradshaw
    mariabradshaw@nationnews.com
    Faith Marshall-Harris, Barbados’ foremost child rights defender, is honoured to have another opportunity to sit on the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCR).
    She was re-elected on June 6, to serve for the period 2023 to 2027.
    In an interview with the Sunday Sun upon her return home, the attorney, legal consultant and former jurist, who once oversaw the Juvenile Court in Barbados, said there was much unfinished work involving the world’s children which she and the committee still needed to do as a result of interruptions with the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Describing her assignment with the committee as “quite consuming”, Marshall-Harris who is also vice-chair and rapporteur for the committee, admitted she thought long and hard whether to serve again.
    “At first glance, I did not think I would seek re-election,” she said, as she spoke about the mammoth amount of work involved, which includes travelling to Geneva for sixweek sessions three times a year.
    However, it was the restrictions imposed by the pandemic which led to her feeling that her first term felt like a “mission interrupted”.
    “We did some work online but our core functions could not really be performed in that format. That meant my term was somewhat truncated. I did not feel I had done enough of what I wanted to do, so on that basis I sought re-election.”
    Majority
    Most of the campaign process took place in Barbados and New York, and she credited the officers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of People Empowerment and the Ambassador and staff of the New York mission for doing much of the ground and leg work, as the elections coincided with the committee’s sessions in Geneva, where she had to be in attendance.
    Candidates for a seat on this Global UN Committee have to secure a majority of the votes of the 196 member states. Marshall-Harris got the nod from 126 countries.
    This UN Committee’s mandate is to ensure that countries live up to their commitments made in relation to the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was ratified in 1990 by 196 countries.
    “The convention recognises children as a particularly vulnerable group whose rights need to be protected and assured while recognising that they are not able themselves to defend and promote their own rights.
    The UNCRC comprises 18 members chosen from around the globe and Marshall-Harris is the only member from the Caribbean.
    She noted: “The committee’s job is to defend the rights set out in the convention and monitor the state parties, that is every country which has ratified the convention, and ensure that the commitments made are fully complied with.”
    The highlight of its work is the reporting process of each state party to the committee, which takes place every five years – a requirement set out in the convention and therefore international law. During that review process, each country is assigned a task force which leads the review. The committee receives reports from the state parties, UNICEF, and nongovernmental organisations and study every document that could possibly be relevant to the country.
    Inherent rights
    “Out of those reports, we then look at strong points which we may commend. We also look to see where state parties have fallen short of the convention and then we go through that systematically, looking at their laws and their provision for children in terms of education, health, standard of living, harmful practices, to name a few of the issues.”
    Each country reporting sends a delegation, usually headed by the minister responsible for children, to defend their report. There is intensive dialogue and debate with the delegation over two days.
    “In a closed session the committee has a very lively debate among ourselves leading to our concluding observations: what can we tell the country about what needs to be done for their children; what needs to be done to enforce
    all the rights accorded them under the convention in which a child is zero to 18 years of age.”
    Some of the inherent rights which the convention has prescribed for children are the right to education; the right to health care at the highest standard; the right to be free from all forms of violence; the right to be free from discrimination and the right to be heard.
    Marshall-Harris said issues such as the right to a nationality, identity and registration at birth, the age of marriage and the age of consent were matters which also came into sharp focus.
    “One of the most important rights we are strongly committed to is that the best interest of the child should be taken into consideration. In every disposition involving children, their best interest should be primary concern,” she noted, as she gave the example of family breakdowns.
    In such circumstances, she said, the child should be able to express a view in accordance with its maturity, which parent they wanted to reside with and any decision made by the adults should consider first and foremost the child’s best interest and not theirs.
    Corporal punishment
    A controversial area which Marshall-Harris said was still a sticking point was that of corporal punishment, which comes within the ambit of the right of the child to be free from all forms of violence.
    “This is a difficult one for Barbados,” she said, “because we do not seem to understand that this includes corporal punishment.
    “By our ratification of the convention in 1990, we agreed that the child has a right to be free from all forms of violence and protected from all cruel or degrading forms of punishment. Since corporal punishment is considered to be degrading and cruel, we ought to be working towards its elimination as a form of discipline.”
    While recognising that a number of countries still had difficulty with this, the child rights expert said some people still believed there could be no effective discipline unless the child feels physical pain and that this was normative and cultural for some countries.
    But she strongly believes that “the world will come around to it”, saying that already over 60 countries have abolished corporal punishment.
    She noted: “Children need to be trained. We have to set standards and we have to inculcate values, but you are not going to achieve this by violence. We argue that the only thing corporal punishment does is to teach the child to be equally violent.”
    Marshall-Harris said much of what she does can be academic, so to keep grounded and hands on with the needs of children – both materially and psychosocially – when back in Barbados she operates the Faith Marshall-Harris/Sandy Lane Charitable Trust Helpline.
    She said she is looking forward to continuing the committee’s work over the next five years.

    Source: Nation

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  • CALL FOR GIS SHIFT
    Marshall-Harris wants it moved from Ministry of Home Affairs
    By Maria Bradshaw mariabradshaw@nationnews.com

    Child rights advocate, Faith Marshall-Harris, believes the Government Industrial School (GIS) should be placed under the Ministry that deals with children.
    At present it falls under the Ministry of Home Affairs which is also responsible for departments such as the Prison Service and at one time the Police Service.
    The child rights expert is of the opinion that the Ministry of People Empowerment & Elder Affairs, under which the Child Care Board falls, should have oversight of the reform school particularly as she perceives a new approach and energising focus within that ministry.
    “One of the first concerns that I have is that we have this divide in dealing with children’s issues and unfortunately child justice presently falls under Home Affairs which is how it has developed historically. We inherited these punitive Government Industrial Schools which came out of the ancient colonial structures of dealing with children and which are like virtual prisons for children, and obviously they were put into the Home Affairs portfolio because that is where prisons are, so in other words, the whole idea is that they are ‘juvenile prisoners’.
    “I think that we must develop a mind-set that our reform schools are not prisons and I am wondering if because they are aligned to the ministry dealing with prisons whether there isn’t a temptation to treat them as one and the same. I am wondering whether the attitude to them might be different if placed with the ministry with responsibility for children.”
    Marshall-Harris ,who was recently re-elected to serve on the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, was speaking during a wide ranging interview with the Sunday Sun.
    As one of the foremost experts on Child Rights in Barbados, she added: “I am saying there is such a fine line between children who need care and children who are in conflict with the law per se, that is why I would like to see a situation where they come under
    one umbrella so that we can make a smoother and easier transition in how to deal with them.”
    The retired jurist also remains concerned about Barbados’ approach to child justice even though she conceded that the country was making some headway and new laws were drafted since 2020. However, they are yet to be passed by Parliament.
    Enormous challenges
    “I am particularly concerned about Barbados’s approach to child justice. I think it is an area that is going to present us with enormous challenges when we are being examined on the world stage next year,” she said in reference to Barbados delivering its Country Report on Child Rights to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
    “I think that we are going to have to move very swiftly. I sense and see a new urgency and energy in the Ministry of People Empowerment to ensure children’s rights are upheld as far as child protection is concerned and I would like to see child justice go hand in hand with that approach.”
    Marshall-Harris explained: “What happens is that children can be in conflict with the law – the rules can be broken by children. How they are dealt with is within a child justice system. However, a lot of what happens with children is not so much a breaking of the law but a breakdown in terms of their circumstances which can then lead them to come into conflict with the law, for example the vexed question of wandering. Such children are often running away from problems and conflict at home.”
    “We have a problem here because we still treat wandering as a crime. It is something we are punishing children for instead of seeing them as being at risk and needing our help.”
    As to the controversial issue of solitary confinement which remains part of the punishment at the GIS, she noted that Barbados had agreed by way of the Convention on the Rights of the Child that no child should be subject to solitary confinement.

    Source: Nation

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  • Pray tell, of what use is a “plan of action” when the masses are not yet ready to act?

    The only action is to get them ready by opening their minds to the possibilities. Did that even at the supermarket yesterday.

    I believe that evolution or a slow change in mindset is what’s needed here. Other than that, we can wait until Sri Lankism comes a -calling. Then necessity will again be the mother of invention and quick evolution shall become revolution in a 1937 stylee.

    I solve my own problems and am living quite well. Teaching my son to do the same. He will not be dependant on any government or white man. I have already received more in benefits from the NIS than I paid in. I have already received more benefits from taxes than I paid in. Nobody owes me personally a thing.

    When the masses show that they are ready to rise, I shall be with them with plenty of ideas, IF THEY WANT THEM.

    Until then, I am in no need of sacrifice on my behalf and I offer none on anybody else’s behalf.

    Don’t forget – it is not only politicians who have access to dual citizenship!

    You remind me often enough that I en from bout heh!

    Oh dear me!

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  • Some people cannot understand that different people have different methods.

    Donna does not rush in hot and sweaty like an “investor” in a Ponzi “meeting turn”.

    Donna is more of a slow and steady kind o’ gal.

    More of a tortoise than a hare.

    As I have stated MANY TIMES,

    “SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE.”

    “THE RACE IS NOT FOR THE SWIFT…BUT FOR [S]HE WHO ENDURES TO THE END.”

    “THIS IS A MARATHON, NOT A SPRINT.”

    It may even be a marathon relay.

    Evolution is slow without a cataclysmic event.

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  • @Donna

    You touch on a pet horse of the blogmaster. When elected and appointed officials fall short who is suppose to hold them accountable in the system of governance we boast?

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    Pacha…these are not ready and NEVER WILL BE..

    they have done such a bang up job at Elder Affairs…..while watching the elderly robbed etc….and Child Care Board who allow crazy white psychologists to put ropes around children’s necks….

    pretenders.

    “At present it falls under the Ministry of Home Affairs which is also responsible for departments such as the Prison Service and at one time the Police Service.
    The child rights expert is of the opinion that the Ministry of People Empowerment & Elder Affairs, under which the Child Care Board falls, should have oversight of the reform school particularly as she perceives a new approach and energising focus within that ministry.”

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  • David,

    When one is hired to do a job it is the hirer and payer of salaries who holds one to account.

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  • Surely Minister Abrahams is aware of the concern by members of the public which is being sustained by a couple advocates. That he has to be dragged kicking and screaming to report to the public he was elected to serve is arrogance at its best. A word to the ignorant is never enough.

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  • These people spend money first ….and then think afterwards…
    Steupsss..
    The only ‘new start’ needed for Sept 9 is a half decent minister.

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  • Oh dear 🤭

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  • This is not an attack.
    I am usually disappointed in your typical response …. two words and an emoji.

    I know you are capable of much more than that type of response.

    Have a great day all. Catch you after 5:00 p.m.

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    Faking….very efficient at that, if nothing else..

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  • David,

    I always knew that the ultimatum issued by the women’s group would be met with dismissiveness. That is how ultimatums rub people the wrong way.

    I expected him to take his time responding. But…. the offhand way in which he eventually did so is not satisfactory. The timeframe he gave has passed. A more formal response with reasons for the delay and when the issues should be resolved would have been more professional.

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  • A leopard CANNOT change its spots.
    EVERYWHERE that this particular minister has been, his spots has been on show….

    Home Affairs CANNOT be different….

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  • William Skinner

    What does the minister have to apologise for. ? Why apologise if the time frame will not be met ? Apologise to whom? For what ?
    Why apologise ? To be attacked ?
    The minister is right !!!!
    Find somebody else to attack.
    Peace.

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  • @Donna

    He is projecting and arrogant approach. Time will tell if it works for him. Maybe he is acting out instructions received from the prime minister.

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  • William Skinner

    @ David
    Nonsense ! Why would the Prime Minister instruct or encourage her minister to be arrogant ?
    This seems to be another spurious attack on the PM.
    Hope she ignores such foolishness.
    Peace.

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  • William Skinner

    Sometimes , I get the distinct impression, that there was no Barbados until a few weeks ago.
    This desire to promote the country as being washed in some blood of the lamb after the elections of 2018 is pure garbage.
    Will someone explain how has governance really changed since then.
    When Stuart and Company were frigging up the place; the blame was correctly placed squarely on the government.
    Now, we are placing all the blame on the people. The people are being instructed how to do everything to avoid blaming Mottley and Company.
    Intellectual dishonesty is rampant.
    We no longer hold the government responsible , we hold the people.
    Nothing has changed outside of buses and garbage trucks.
    Transparency and accountability are still on the back burner.
    We have reached the pathetic stage where we are not promoting good governance but trying to convince ourselves that we should settle for the best of the of what we consider to be the worst.
    How can the country go forward if we decide to convince ourselves that governments cannot have degrees of competence that rise above grade D, E, or F ?
    If only we had as much water as we have Kool aid ………………………….
    The Duopoly Rules Supreme.

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