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Implementation of Parole Services expected to strengthen the Saint Lucia’s Human Rights Profile

The Government of Saint Lucia is poised to raise its Human Rights profile with the establishment of a Parole system on the island for the very first time. On Wednesday, December 16, 2020, the first two parole hearings will be conducted at the Bordelais Correctional Facility located in Dennery.

Two male inmates who have served over 20 years of their custodial sentences for Murder will have their cases heard by the seven (7) member Parole Board. Both eligible inmates are 47 years old and may stand a chance of going home under specific terms and conditions to which they must adhere.

On the occasion of Human Rights Day on Thursday, December 10, 2020, Director of Probation and Parole Mrs. Yolanda Jules –Louis noted that this significant accomplishment demonstrates that social justice and Human Rights is high on the national radar.

“The Department has only been providing Probation Services prior to now. However, we along with our partners led by the Minister and Department of Home Affairs and National Security have been working assiduously for about two years straight to implement a Parole system here on the island. This year 2020, we have all the pleasure to announce that we have started providing Parole Services. As a result, we are going to have our first ever Parole hearing in Saint Lucia next week,” Mrs. Jules- Louis confirmed.

The Parole system is a creature of the Criminal Code 2004 Sub- part D, sections 1136 – 1155 and will be administered by the Department of Probation and Parole Services under the auspices of the Minister for Home Affairs and National Security.

Meanwhile, the Department of Home Affairs and National Security joins the rest of the world in acknowledging the observance of Human Rights Day 2020. This year’s Human Rights Day focuses on the devastating fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially on the underprivileged people, children, and women. There is also an emphasis on the need to “build back better by ensuring Human Rights are central to recovery efforts”.

Minister for Home Affairs and National Security Senator the Honourable Hermangild Francis, encourages everyone to reflect on the importance of Human Rights, not only as it pertains to them as individuals, but also to make a personal commitment to accord due respect and sensitivity to the Human Rights of others.

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