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Prosecution has vital role to play in countering TIP – Social Protection Minister

first_img…effective national response to human trafficking needed Prosecution has a vital role to play in countering and deterring the issue of Trafficking in Persons (TIP) here in Guyana. That is according to Social Protection Minister, Amna Ally, at a discussion on the prosecution of TIP cases in Guyana which was held on Saturday last.She stated that the crime of TIP is a serious violation of human rights and that the problem of human trafficking requires wide train work enforcement officials.“It is important to mention that so many actors involved in responding to human trafficking in Guyana, the Government recognises the value of the standardised and harmonised responses…prosecutors, social workers, medical practitioners among others who are sensitive to the issues…No single stakeholder can effectively combat human trafficking…”Minister Ally explained that investigation, prosecution and punishment of offenders are crucial aspects of ensuring that there is an effective national response to TIP.“Strong prosecutions…can also help to ensure for justice for those who have been trafficked. I believe that an effective criminal justice response to trafficking functions is an effective to future trafficking and is, therefore, is an important aspect of prevention,” she said.According to the Minister, the role of prosecution in the matter of counter-TIP in Guyana, cannot be overlooked.“It is the prosecutor who knows how to advise the investigator, how to marshal the evidence. How to obtain assistance from other sources, how to present a case and how to deal with challenges in the court mounted by defence lawyers… Corruption and weak institutional institutions are additional factors that directly contradict to inadequate criminal justice responses, the lack of experience and exposure among criminal justice agencies etc.”She emphasised that human trafficking is a fundamental obstacle to her Ministry’s mandate as a social service agency; one which undermines the developmental objective that it hopes to achieve through the Ministry’s programmes.“It impedes health, economic growth, rule of law, women’s empowerment and lifetime prospects for youth. I am of the perception that successful convictions of offenders, redress of grievances as well as the protection of the rights of victims, and prevention of crimes of trafficking are possible when first responders and particularly law enforcement, prosecutors, and even Magistrates perform their task diligently,” said Minister Ally.She explained that within the past few years Guyana has made significant strides to counter trafficking in persons and that this has been recognised internationally.However, the Social Protection Minister also noted that a coordinated and harmonised response by all stakeholders is needed in order to maintain these strides and do much better in eradicating the scourge of TIP.Minister Ally added that the judicial system along with other stakeholders need to do what is necessary to protect the vulnerable victims of TIP but more importantly, each TIP case needs to be handled effectively whether it is in the courtroom or not.last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 10, 2017 – Detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force have charged and cautioned two males ages 22 and 23 years old with offences that occurred at the Morris Plaza parking lot on Monday 2nd January 2017.Around 3:15 am that date, police responded to the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre after a report was made that two males were at the hospital with gunshot wounds, stab wounds, and other minor injuries. The investigation revealed that a fight had broken out at the said parking lot causing the persons to receive the injuries.  All victims were treated for non-life-threatening injuries and later released from the hospital.The 22-year-old male was charged with Common Assault and fighting in a public place, and the 23-year-old was charged with Wounding and fighting in a public place. Recommended for you #MagneticNewsMedia Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA (RTCIPF Press release) Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissionerlast_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 28, 2017 – Nassau – For hours, Nassau residents were without electricity yesterday due to severe weather – a #lightningstorm and heavy downpours dominated weather in the Capital on Tuesday.   However, it was not only New Providence impacted by the showers and thunderstorms but Abaco, Berry Islands and Cat Island.The forecast said there could even be hail and waterspouts and boaters were advised to seek safe harbour.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#lightningstorm, #magneticmedianewslast_img

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Installation Officials Offer Insight on What Else Communities Can Do to Support

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Washington, D.C. — While much of the opening day of the 2018 Defense Communities National Summit focused on recognizing the contributions communities make on behalf of the missions and personnel at neighboring installations, keynote speakers highlighted additional actions local leaders can take to support military readiness. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson urged community officials to take a public stance when a dispute involving an installation and the community arises; for example, if residents were to complain about noise from military aircraft or traffic at a gate backing up onto local roads. When such a conflict surfaces, it’s important for community members to explain why “the sound of freedom” is important, Wilson said. Rather than base officials calling in to radio shows to explain the requirements of a military mission, listeners need to hear community representatives make the case for a particular sacrifice on the part of residents. “You need to make the call,” she said. “These things matter.”Meanwhile, Lucian Niemeyer, assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment, urged community leaders to consider projects outside the gates that support installation readiness, including efforts to enhance energy and water resilience or resolve environmental concerns. Local commanders already have a lot on their plate, Niemeyer said.Phyllis Bayer, assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment, advised community leaders to come forward with prospective ideas for partnering or for introducing smart cities technologies that could benefit a local base. Wilson also cited two specific issues communities can address to support military families. The first is focusing on the quality of public schools, an overriding concern as military families move frequently. The other issue is easing the way for military spouses to continue their careers by ensuring their states offer reciprocity for spouses’ professional licenses. “[It’s] a very big deal,” she said. In February, all three service secretaries wrote the National Governors Association to underscore the importance of the two issues.Air Force photo by Senior Airman Quay Drawdylast_img read more

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