Duration: 30 months (to June 2022)
EU Contribution: EUR 184,211.00
Location: Funded under the EIDHR and managed by the EU Delegation to Trinidad and Tobago
The project, to be implemented by The International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine, addresses the human rights challenge of unduly lengthy detainment of individuals on remand without trial – often for more than a decade. The project also addresses the issues faced by female remand detainees; in particular those charged with murder arising from domestic violence and where said abuse was not taken into account in their charges. Such a situation points to significant gender inequalities in the criminal justice system.
Additionally, given that there is an increase in youth impacted by the criminal justice system, youth and children’s rights also present cross-cutting issues. An additional dimension to the remand problem is the detention of many Venezuelan migrants. Remand prisoners are not only deprived of liberty where the right to a fair trial, constitutionally enshrined, is compromised, but while in prison, they are subject to the harshest of conditions, including violations of their economic, social and cultural rights, such as rights to health care and education.
Accordingly, the IHRC plans to lead a number of inter-related activities aimed at: (1) addressing these issues through the court to provide a remedy for such victims of human rights abuses; and (2) creating a more human rights friendly environment and legal infrastructure in the wider society that will penetrate the penal / prison system, including its gender dimensions.
Overall Objective: To bring about positive change to the law, legal policy and prosecution practice in prison remand conditions in Trinidad and Tobago, bringing them in line with international human rights standards, especially targeting female murder accused who were victims of domestic violence.
The primary actions of the project including public awareness, training, rehabilitation, law reform, data collection, research, media and documentary outputs, in addition to litigation, will be realised. Other important objectives, such as capacity building for CSOs, both in terms of substantive areas as well as institutional strengthening and deepening of meaningful partnerships, will be achieved. Above all, the overall goal of a nation more committed to human rights norms, key to development, will be facilitated.
The International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine (https://sta.uwi.edu/law/articles/InternationalHumanRightsClinic.php )