Caricom Human Rights Treaty Promotes An Economic Agenda

Selling Bajans An Economic Agenda Masquerading As Human Rights

What's this, you say? The new Caricom Human Rights treaty is primarily an economic agenda rather than having to do with basic human rights? Let's have a look at an article in today's Stabroek News out of Guyana…

"Work has begun on a Caricom Human Rights Treaty, which will succeed the Charter of Civil Society and will be a legally binding document on which the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) can base judgements."

So we are talking about real and binding law here – assuming that Barbados signs it. What human rights are we talking about…Free speech? Freedom of Religion? Freedom from Racial Discrimination?

Nope – maybe our elites will talk about those minor items later. For now, it is about removing barriers within CARICOM that keep your boss from firing you and hiring a new immigrant who will work for half the price.

"The charter deals with workers' rights, for example, on full and adequate employment, social security policies, the right to earn a wage that offers a decent living, collective bargaining, to foster and promote a good working environment and cross-border mobility of labour among other areas."

So just when did "cross-border mobility of labour" become a "human rights" issue and not an economic one? Since they say it is, I guess!

It reminds me of car salesmen painting up an old car to sell. If he makes it pretty enough, people will forget that underneath the shinny new paint, it is still the same old car that someone tried to sell them last week.



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2 responses to “Caricom Human Rights Treaty Promotes An Economic Agenda

  1. Guy Grant

    Please see article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “(2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.”

    To get an idea of why this might be a human right consider the serf of the Middle Ages or slaves who were “free” in Barbados but who could not move to another job.

    To get the full list of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights you can download them from

  2. BFP

    Sure Guy

    But it isn’t a “human right” that anyone may enter anyone else’s country at will, stay as long as they like and work for lower wages than the citizens of that country.

    Leave yours, and return, yes. Enter any other country… nope. Not included.