Developing Human Rights Jurisprudence

Volume 7: Seventh Judicial Colloquium on the Domestic Application of International Human Rights Norms: Georgetown, Guyana, 3–5 September 1996

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This volume contains the papers delivered at the seventh in a series of judicial colloquia on the domestic application of international human rights norms. The meeting was held in Georgetown, Guyana, from 3rd to the 5th September 1996. The participants were primarily judges from Commonwealth countries and from international and regional human rights tribunals. There were 30 participants, 20 from the Commonwealth and others from Africa, Asia/Pacific, Europe and North America.



Changing Commonwealth Caribbean Constitutions to Conform with Human Rights Norms

In the face of widespread economic deprivation, social inequalities and political marginalization, the peoples of the Commonwealth Caribbean experienced during the 1930s a ferment of egalitarian philosophies, libertarian ideas and nationalistic aspirations. Subsequently, post-war revulsion against racism, imperialism and inhumanity inspired an international and unprecedented commitment to the principles of self-determination and human rights. In the Caribbean the immediate demand was for the democratization of the franchise and increased popular participation in the processes of government, since these were seen as indispensable to the paramount need for far-reaching social reconstruction.


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