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October 17th, 2023
‘We need the Police Act to come back to’ HoA ‘for passage’- Gov Rankin

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Despite widespread public criticisms the proposed amendments to the Police Act 2023 will take away from the rights of the people as well as possibly empower the police to abuse citizens, Governor John J. Rankin, CMG continues to defend the proposed amendments and has once again called for the bill to return to the House of Assembly (HoA) for passage.

September 22nd, 2023
‘It is high time reparatory justice is made priority’- UN Human Rights Commissioner

NEW YORK, USA- Even as the [British] Virgin Islands struggle against the heavy hand of colonialism by the United Kingdom (UK), UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk has said it was paramount that “strong leadership and political will from States and the international community be galvanised to finally, comprehensively address the entrenched legacies of colonialism, enslavement and the trade in enslaved Africans.”

February 10th, 2023
HoA to meet today Feb 10, 2023; Controversial Police Bill on hold

DUFFS BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- The Third Sitting of the Fifth Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) will convene at the Save the Seed Centre, in Duffs Bottom, Tortola, today Friday, February 10, 2023, at 10:00 AM.

February 3rd, 2023
Police Bill 2023 raises red flags & makes way for police abuse of rights

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Many residents and legal minds, who have taken a look at the proposed Police Act, 2023, said the Bill in its current form has raised some serious issues and will take away the human rights of the people.

March 16th, 2020
Human rights violation matters 'will affect our ability to be paid'- Tamia N. Richards

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “These matters will affect our ability to be paid when the state continues to pay out money to defendants in custody for obvious breaches of their human rights.”

May 7th, 2018
Taking away financial services a ‘human rights’ issue- Premier Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “Here we are as a Territory, we had one of the most severe natural disasters in a hundred years in the Caribbean and the BVI took the brunt of it. We had three things; flooding, plus Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which, left the Territory devastated. I think it was against human rights provisions to be able to now go and say we are going to take away the other part of your economy.”

May 20th, 2017
HMS Brexit & the Brussels Iceberg

Dickson Igwe

The United Kingdom must skillfully negotiate its exit from Europe, or risk being torn apart. With the Brexit Referendum, Brussels has become a massive and ominous iceberg that the seafaring vessel, The HMS Great Britain, would be wise not to crash into.

February 14th, 2017
Gov Duncan agrees with Willock to ‘fund the police’; blasts NDP

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- They are not always on the same page or singing out of the same hymn book but Governor John S. Duncan OBE and former Permanent Secretary and Businessman Julian Willock are on the same page on two important issues affecting the Virgin Islands.

July 9th, 2016
Bermuda passes bill to outlaw Same-Sex Marriage

HAMILTON, Bermuda- With developed countries moving in a different direction, the tiny overseas Territory of Bermuda surprisingly passed a bill last night July 8, 2016 to out-law Same Sex Marriage.

January 1st, 2015
Syria conflict: 76,000 die in deadliest year - activists


The year 2014 was the deadliest year yet in Syria's four-year conflict, with over 76,000 killed, activists say.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 17,790 of the dead were civilians, including 3,501 children.
Meanwhile more than 15,000 died in conflicts in Iraq in 2014, making it that country's worst year since 2007.

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