Tag: Human Rights Commission

Can school or work look at your phone?

Can school or work look at your phone?

| 05/03/2019 | 0 Comments

What rights do I have at school or when older at work with regard to electronic devices including phones and computers, personally owned? Do teachers (or employers) have any right to search and under what circumstances and laws? Auntie’s answer: Unfortunately, this is a complicated issue, in part because it makes a difference whether the […]

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How private is genetic information?

How private is genetic information?

| 22/11/2018 | 2 Comments

Are there any laws or policies that protect personal genetic information from being released to health insurance companies in the Cayman Islands? I’ve been talking to a friend who is wary of being tested for the BRCA gene mutations that cause increased risk of certain cancers. Their doctor does not know whether if someone signs […]

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Braille and audio constitutions unveiled

Braille and audio constitutions unveiled

| 18/12/2017 | 0 Comments

(CNS Local Life): The Constitutional Commission, together with the Human Rights Commission (HRC), recently launched audio and braille formats of the Cayman Islands Constitution for people with literacy or sight impairments. The project came about when a member of the public who is visually impaired approached the commissions about accessing the Constitution.

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HRC statement on World Mental Health Day

HRC statement on World Mental Health Day

| 10/10/2017 | 0 Comments

(Human Rights Commission): This Tuesday, 10 October, is World Mental Health Day. In its analysis of this year’s theme, “Mental Health in the Workplace”, the World Health Organisation notes that employers who proactively encourage good mental health in the workplace through internal policies and other initiatives “see gains not only in the health of their […]

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Is practising obeah against the law in Cayman?

Is practising obeah against the law in Cayman?

| 03/08/2017 | 18 Comments

I’ve heard it’s illegal to practise obeah here. Is that true? That seems to go against the Bill of Rights, which guarantee freedom of religion. Auntie’s answer: Yes, it is true – it is against the law to practise obeah in the Cayman Islands. Just to be clear, Section 170(1) of the Penal Code (2013 […]

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What is the legal recourse when faced with hate speech?

What is the legal recourse when faced with hate speech?

| 29/06/2017 | 7 Comments

Are there any laws covering hate speech in the Cayman Islands? Auntie’s answer: This was another question for the Human Rights Commission (HRC), though a representative again cautioned that their answer can only be given in general terms and they cannot offer any legal advice. The HRC official explained that hate speech is not legally […]

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HRC’s Statement on World Oceans Day

HRC’s Statement on World Oceans Day

| 08/06/2016 | 1 Comment

(HRC): The Human Rights Commission joins the United Nations in celebrating World Oceans Day 2016, on 8 June. Adopted in the General Assembly on 5 December 2008, the goal of World Oceans Day is to “raise awareness about the crucial role the ocean plays in our lives and the important ways people can help to […]

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Human Rights Commission message for Earth Day

Human Rights Commission message for Earth Day

| 22/04/2016 | 1 Comment

Human Rights Commission: The Cayman Islands Human Rights Commission joins organisations in Cayman and other countries around the world in celebrating Earth Day 2016. The Cayman Islands can take pride at being in the notable position of having a right to environmental protection enshrined in its constitution – something present in less than half of […]

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