Caribbean Report 08-07-2003



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:31)
2. Montserrat’s Volcanic Emergency Team (VET) declares the entire island a disaster area following the collapse of the dome of the Soufrière Hills volcano. Clouds of ash force temporary closure of airports across the north eastern Caribbean and Montserrat’s agricultural crops are affected (00:32-05:26)
3. According to Britain’s new Secretary for Constitutional Affairs, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council can lose some of its British jurisdiction in a major overhaul of the British court system. However, it will remain as the Court of Final Appeal for more than a dozen Commonwealth Caribbean countries (05:27-06:02)
4. Local government elections are currently being held in Trinidad one year after the due date. About eight hundred and fifty thousand voters are eligible to cast their votes to elect fourteen regional corporations after a low-keyed campaign (06:03-07:59)
5. The Cuban Commission for Human Rights, an independent group that monitors political prisoners in Cuba, reports that a wave of arrests in March has caused the sharpest growth of such prisoners in two decades. Christine Chanet, an envoy of the United Nations Human Rights Commission appeals for leniency for those imprisoned (08:00-11:24)
6. Supporters of Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide attack and injure more than thirty people attending an opposition movement’s meeting in a poor suburb of the capital Port au Prince. Five journalists and two police officers are among those wounded (11:25-12:47)
7. While addressing the General Synod in the parliament of the Church of England, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams tells the Anglican Church to heal the divisions caused by the appointment of a gay bishop or risk falling apart (12:48-13:09)
8. One of Cuba’s best-known musicians, Grammy Award Winner Compay Segundo dies at the age of ninety-five. Hundreds of Cubans are paying their respects to the guitarist and singer who made Cuba’s traditional music popular world-wide (13:10-15:31)