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Blakeney reassures on Human Rights changes

Cabinet Minister Glenn Blakeney insisted yesterday a “great deal of attention” was being paid to updating Bermuda’s Human Rights Act.

The Minister of Youth, Families and Sports made the comment after Amnesty International Bermuda chastised the Government for so far failing to fulfil a pledge to add sexual orientation to the Act.

The charity launched a postcard campaign urging the change at Amnesty’s international council meeting in the Netherlands last month, gathering signatures from hundreds of human rights campaigners.

Local vice chairman Nelleke Hollis said Government should stop dragging its heels in bringing the long-awaited amendment to Parliament.

Mr Blakeney has previously said the Act will be amended to ban discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and age before June 2012 at the latest.

Asked for an update on progress, he said yesterday: “The Ministry of Youth, Families and Sports advises that at this stage there is nothing to report, other than the fact that a great deal of attention is being paid to human rights in Bermuda and updating the Human Rights Act 1981.

“This is evidenced by the passing of the 2011 Unreasonable Hardship Amendment Act and further amendments are contemplated for moving forward. It is planned to make these amendments covering a number of human rights issues on a phased basis.”

Useful websites: www.amnestybermuda.org, www.twowordsandacomma.com, www.hrc.bm, www.gov.bm.

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Published September 28, 2011 at 8:28 am (Updated September 28, 2011 at 8:28 am)

Blakeney reassures on Human Rights changes

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