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UWI law lecturer elected to Commission on Human Rights

Rose-Marie Belle Antoine is the first Caribbean woman to be elected on to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (ICHR).

The University of the West Indies (UWI) professor of labour law and offshore financial law was nominated by Belize.

“The position of Commissioner is a sensitive one, since a Commissioner must pronounce on important, often controversial human rights issues of the day in particular member states,’’ she said.

“The Commissioner must be of the highest integrity, independent, impartial, willing and able to speak courageously on the protection of human rights. Additionally, there is no room for colored opinion, biases, or judicial activism, given that a statement or precaution from the Commission has the potential to ‘sanction’ a member state,” she said.

The ICHR is an international Law Tribunal that serves the Organization of American States (OAS) by hearing and passing judgment in relation to human rights complaints.