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Janice A. Stoutt resigns from Constitutional Review Commission

Word reaching our news centre is that Attorney-at-Law and indigenous Virgin Islander Janice A. Stoutt who was the Deputy Chair has tendered her resignation as a Member of the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC). Photo: yourconstitution.vg/
A resident gives her input at a community meeting called by the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) last night, Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at the Valerie O. Thomas Community Centre in Sea Cows Bay. Photo: Team of Reporters
A resident gives her input at a community meeting called by the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) last night, Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at the Valerie O. Thomas Community Centre in Sea Cows Bay. Photo: Team of Reporters
BALLAST BAY, Tortola, VI- Word reaching our news centre is that Attorney-at-Law and indigenous Virgin Islander Janice A. Stoutt has tendered her resignation as a Member of the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC). She had held the position of Deputy Chair.

Ms Stoutt, when reached by our newsroom, confirmed her resignation but said she had no further comment.

At a community meeting last night, Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at the Valerie O. Thomas Community Centre in Sea Cows Bay, Chairwoman of the Constitutional Review Commission Mrs Lisa E. Penn-Lettsome confirmed that a member had resigned, bringing the total of Commissioners to 15.

Mrs Penn-Lettsome did not name the Member who had resigned.

Many Progressive Virgin Islanders see Ms Stoutt’s resignation as a blow to the work of the body, as she was seen as progressive and wanted freedom for the Virgin Islands (VI).

Ms Stoutt is also a local playwriter and a former Senior Crown Counsel at the Attorney General’s Chambers.

She is the daughter of the late legislator Prince M. Stoutt.

Colonial rule

Currently, the Territory is under colonial rule and, since the legislature was restored in 1950, is on the verge of being suspended by the colonial power, the United Kingdom, following a biased Commission of Inquiry report.

The United Nations, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) have all condemned this pending action by the UK.

Critics of the Constitutional Review process have noted that it was the Governor and the one-man Commission of Inquiry, Sir Gary R. Hickinbottom, who had already dictated the terms and conditions of the process.

They have argued that the Review, therefore, will not be a document from and by the people and which represents their aspirations and wishes.

Fearful of independence?

Turnouts to the public meetings have been small and a decision was made not to live-stream the events. It is not known who made that decision in the age of transparency and open government.

A VINO survey has shown the Territory is divided over the question of self-determination, with some 55% of residents believing we should stay as a colony and 45% of the residents of the VI saying we should fight for self-determination and for the freedom of the islands.

32 Responses to “Janice A. Stoutt resigns from Constitutional Review Commission”

  • bvibuzz (23/11/2022, 11:05) Like (7) Dislike (15) Reply
    This is certainly a lost
  • josiah'sbay (23/11/2022, 11:12) Like (5) Dislike (8) Reply
    Any member of the review committee who don't directly represent the VI and is a selection by the UK nullify it as being a representation of the VI.
  • Gus (23/11/2022, 11:14) Like (46) Dislike (29) Reply
    I am sorry to see that Ms Stoutt has resigned, but am offended by the description of her as indigenous to the BVI. Ms Stout is not a Carib or Arawak Indian and is therefore not indigenous to the BVI. VINO should know that there are no BVI indigenous persons left alive.
    • @Gus (23/11/2022, 11:30) Like (29) Dislike (16) Reply
      This bulls*** about who is an indigenous Virgin Islander need to stop but Caribs and Arawaks. You all have a serious problem.
      • My in put. (23/11/2022, 17:14) Like (8) Dislike (8) Reply
        People living here more than 25yrs free of immigration control, Belongers, residents or naturalized should be allowed to vote...
      • Samantha (23/11/2022, 23:32) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
        You all fully know who is referred as an indigenous Virgin Islander. While you have a strong point, it is persons who can trace their line generations back. Now if we sticking with Ms. P. definition (on both sides), a lot will not make the list.

        I think some use it as a way to divide people or put themselves as more important.
    • @ Gus (23/11/2022, 11:33) Like (9) Dislike (19) Reply
      Don’t be jealous because you are just a first generation Virgin Islander the constitution defined an indigenous Virgin Islander

      Not to worry there is room for everyone don’t blame a news paper
      • Rubber Duck (23/11/2022, 12:04) Like (14) Dislike (9) Reply
        The Constitution does not define an indigenous Virgin Islander!!!
        • @ rubber duck (23/11/2022, 13:19) Like (12) Dislike (7) Reply
          Your racist ram looking status go back to the Uk; of course it does under who can run
    • Agree with Gus (23/11/2022, 12:38) Like (21) Dislike (12) Reply
      Gus, you hit the nail on the head. Too much hate in the place with the fake labels. There is a word but it is not 'indigenous'. I mean, I know English not the first language but misinformation feeds ignorance.
    • @Gus (23/11/2022, 16:18) Like (7) Dislike (9) Reply
      You are the one that is delusional believing in the lies of Arawak and Caribs. What about the fact that the UK monarchy was black up to the middle 19 century? And do you really believe people though that you could sail off the earth.
  • asking for a friend (23/11/2022, 12:23) Like (9) Dislike (14) Reply
    I am proud to be able to trace both parents and two grant parents to 3 generation what is wrong with that?
    • @asking for a friend (23/11/2022, 15:20) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
      Nothing wrong with that - you just aren't indigenous.

    • Teacher (24/11/2022, 06:55) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
      You are definitely a Virgin Islander. Both spelling and grammar mistakes in a single sentence. One of the defining features of the Virgin Islander is illiteracy.
  • jokers (23/11/2022, 12:40) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
    Maybee she wants to get in the ring for the next election
  • ... (23/11/2022, 12:57) Like (14) Dislike (13) Reply
    A VINO survey has shown the Territory is divided over the question of self-determination, with some 55% of residents believing we should stay as a colony and 45% of the residents of the VI saying we should fight for self-determination and for the freedom of the islands

    VINO no one called me we have to get it up to 100% for our independence
  • H (23/11/2022, 13:17) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    Sack the dpp and send her to replace ms stoutt.
  • SERIOUS ISSUES (23/11/2022, 13:45) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    There are some serious issues of injustice that will haunt this place forever. What can we build on a crooked foundation?
  • Hmmmm (23/11/2022, 14:06) Like (2) Dislike (18) Reply
    Things start!! I waiting to hear the story behind this, I tell ya'll about that Chairwoman!! Ms. Stoutt was a great representative of these BVI, she is truly a BVIslander.
  • ring (23/11/2022, 14:50) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Next TING' you will hear, I'm going to throw my HAT in the RING, next election.!
  • @ serious issues (23/11/2022, 15:12) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    call a spade a spade / can you be more specifically specific so we can get whole message clearly ????
  • Resignation is weak.. (23/11/2022, 17:10) Like (22) Dislike (6) Reply
    The easy way out when one can't have things their way is to quit. True warriors find away over when it seems to high, finds away around when it seems to broad... Quitting is never a solution, nothing courageous about quitting,, Reason your way out even if you have to bring your concerns to the public for their guidance...If this is her solution move for things she doesn't like,,"it's weak"
  • one eye (23/11/2022, 20:04) Like (5) Dislike (14) Reply
    Janice is truly a big big lost
  • LCS (23/11/2022, 21:26) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    The correct term should be "native".
  • hm (23/11/2022, 22:09) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well if these people are not indigenous can someone tell us what happened to the people that were?

    You've got to be a racist white supremacist to come up with that BS trying to minimalize VI landers. We come from so many different backgrounds its not even funny.

    Guess what when your ancestors were r**ing the Indians and forcing both Africans and Amerindians into breeding programs to create stronger slaves the term indigenous suddenly became a lot more complex.
  • Two eyes (23/11/2022, 22:56) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    Stop this division and chart a future for all the children of the Virgin Islands.


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