Barbados Aware Of Death Penalty Obligations

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(Stock Photo) Government is aware of Barbados’ obligations to change the law relating to the mandatory death penalty. And, Minister of Home Affairs, Edmund Hinkson, has given the assurance that the issue was still being examined by Government, during a courtesy call from a delegation of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), led by President and Commissioner, Esmeralda Arosemena …

Hinkson: Start Preparing For Hurricane Season

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The government has already started preparations for the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane season. Minister of Home Affairs, Edmund Hinkson, disclosed this today, and he is urging those involved in the private sector and homeowners to begin their preparedness plans and to ensure that their properties are insured. He made these comments during the opening ceremony of the Project Caribbean Cohesion Humanitarian …

Home Affairs Officials & NUPW Hold Talks

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The Ministry of Home Affairs continues to engage in talks with the Immigration Department and the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) to have the issues raised by staff resolved. Last Monday, the parties did a walk-through of the department, which was followed by cordial and frank discussions at a meeting chaired by Minister of Home Affairs, Edmund Hinkson.  He …

Changes In Ministerial Duties

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A number of Ministerial responsibilities have been reassigned from the Ministry of Home Affairs to the Office of the Attorney General, Government announced today. The departments affected are: The Police Administration and Preservation of Public Order, the Forensic Services Centre, the Criminal Justice Research Unit and the Police Complaints Authority. These changes are effective immediately. See also: READ MORE Ministry …

Accurate Data Critical In Crime Fight

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Accurate and standardised crime data is needed to inform decisions that would assist in minimizing crime and its impacts. Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Celia Pollard-Jones, underscored this point, as she addressed a three-day regional workshop on the Implementation of the International Crime Classification for Statistical (ICCS) purposes at the Courtyard by Marriott on Tuesday. Noting …

Marijuana Debate Still Under Consideration

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Even though Government is giving consideration to decriminalising marijuana in Barbados, the way forward will be based on available evidence and best practice. This point was reiterated by Minister of Home Affairs, Edmund Hinkson, as he addressed the first meeting of the new board of the National Council on Substance Abuse (NCSA) last Friday. Mr. Hinkson said from his discussions …

Include Disaster Management In Budgets

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A call has been made for emergency management and disaster preparedness to be mainstreamed in the budgets of Caribbean countries. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Gayle Francis-Vaughan, made this appeal today as she addressed a two-day Caribbean Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Seminar at the Hilton Barbados Resort. “Personally, as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry responsible …

Barbados To Benefit From Prepaid Postcards

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Barbados stands to benefit from the introduction of Prepaid Postcards, which were launched today at the General Post Office. Minister of Home Affairs, Edmund Hinkson, stated that the new product being offered by the Barbados Postal Service (BPS) would increase the visibility of Barbados’ tourism industry when they are posted to destinations across the globe. In addition, he said they …

Early Closure Of Home Affairs Ministry

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Members of the public are advised that the Ministry of Home Affairs will close early on Friday, January 19, and again on Wednesday, January 24, to allow staff to attend the funeral services of two former colleagues. Tomorrow, Friday, January 19, the Ministry will close at noon, while it will close at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 24. The Marriage …