Caribbean Report 21-07-2003



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:24)
2. The Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) is calling on the country’s MPs to resist pressure and vote to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation. Human rights campaigner Attorney Vidushi Persaud argues that because of international treaties Guyana is currently under obligation to pass such a law (00:25-3:22)
3. Millions of people across the northern and eastern Caribbean are on a tropical storm alert. A number of islands are currently bracing themselves. Cecil Shillingford from Dominica’s Office of Disaster Management provides details on their approach to the warning (03:23-06:33)
4. The United National Congress (UNC) leader, Basdeo Panday, states that his party will not cooperate with government unless there is Constitutional reform. Dr. Hamid Ghany, a University of the West Indies political analyst says that the policy of non-support does not worked and a re-assessment of this approach is needed (06:34-10:07)
5. In Kingston, Jamaica, “how to make an impact in politics” and “the exploitation of Rasta images” are among the big issues being discussed by Rastafarians at their conference or ‘reasoning’. Attorney At Law, Michael Lorne says they intend to assess their role, contributions, and abuse by commercial interests (10:08-11:49)
6. Foreigners living in Britain will soon be charged for immigration services provided by the Home Office. Jamaicans and other Caribbean nationals wanting to extend their stay will be affected. New measures being implemented will also prevent switching into marriage visas while residing there (11:50-13:05)
7. About a hundred thousand people pack London’s Millennium Dome for the Annual Anti-racism or “Respect” festival, an initiative of the Mayor’s office. Remarks by attendees Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London and Doreen Lawrence, the Jamaican mother of slain teenager Stephen Lawrence are included in this report (13:06-15:31)