Overruled on gay marriage, by UN

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first_imgThe Australian 20 October 2015After asserting that international law supported gay marriage, Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs has been forced to concede that she was unaware of a contrary finding by the United Nations Human Rights Committee. Professor Triggs made the concession under questioning during yesterday’s Senate estimates hearing after being informed about a 1999 ruling in which the UN committee explained that the right to marry did not extend to same-sex couples.“I am not familiar with it, no,” Professor Triggs said.Professor Triggs was being questioned about a recommendation from the Australian Human Rights Commission that parliament should legislate to provide marriage equality as a matter of priority.When asked if this was an inherent right in human rights law, Professor Triggs said marriage equality was “something that one draws as a legal conclusion from the right to equality”.“But as president some time ago I decided that as a matter of law in my view and backed by the commission that there was a right to marriage equality,” she said.This was fully supported by the commission’s legal advice, she said.Nationals senator Matt Canavan drew her attention to a 1999 decision of the UN Human Rights Committee that says the obligation in article 23 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights “is to recognise as marriage only the union between a man and a woman wishing to marry each other”.Article 23 says: “The right of men and women of marriageable age to marry and to found a family shall be recognised.”The UN committee’s decision, in a case known as Joselyn v New Zealand, said: “ … the committee cannot find that by mere refusal to provide for marriage between homosexual couples the state party has violated the rights … under the covenant”.Senator Canavan asked if the role of the Australian Human Rights Commission was to form new law and whether it was a court. Professor Triggs responded that the commission was not a court and her support for gay marriage was “a very creditable view of the international legal position” and she had legal analysis and jurisprudence that supported that position.She told the committee that gay marriage was supported by the US Supreme Court, but Senator Canavan told her this was based on the equal protection clause in the US Constitution, which had no equivalent in Australia.http://www.theaustralian.com.au/subscribe/news/1/index.html?sourceCode=TAWEB_WRE170_a&mode=premium&dest=http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/legal-affairs/overruled-on-gay-marriage-by-un/story-e6frg97x-1227576274946&memtype=anonymouslast_img read more


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first_img 58 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! St. Mary’s Primary School Students at semi-final round of the contest held on 5th May, 2011.The St Mary’s Primary School has emerged winners in the finals of the National Primary Schools Mathematics Contest which got underway here today.Six primary schools competed for the championship trophy and other cash prizes.Coordinator of the National Primary Schools Mathematics Contest Clement Vital gives the details: Dominica Vibes News Tweetcenter_img Share Share EducationLocalNewsPrimary SMP wins National Primary Schools Maths contest by: – May 18, 2011last_img


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first_imgSOUTHAMPTON, England, (CMC) – Shanel Daley is hoping her outing at the upcoming ICC Women’s World Cup later this month closes a difficult chapter in her career, which nearly resulted in her premature retirement from the game.The 28-year-old, a veteran of the West Indies Women squad with 64 One-Day Internationals and 68 Twenty20 Internationals, has been sidelined for nearly the last three years with injury.Picked on the virtue of her experience after proving her fitness – if not her form – in the recently staged Regional Super50 in the Caribbean, Daley said she was excited to be back in the senior side set-up for a major tournament.“It feels really good [to be back],” the Jamaican all-rounder said here at the start of the Caribbean side’s camp at the Ageas Bowl ahead of the June 24 to July 23 World Cup here.“I was talking to Anisa Mohammed and I told her leaving the Caribbean I wasn’t really feeling the fever but when we got here everything just started coming back, it started hitting me that I was at the World Cup.”Daley was one of the veterans from the last World Cup in India four years ago, playing every game as West Indies Women did well to reach the final before losing to Australia.However, it was her last major tournament as injury ruled her out of the T20 World Cup last year when West Indies lifted the title.She said the period away from the game was a painful one and admitted she came close to ending her career.“I think the first year or so was pretty difficult because seeing the team out there playing, they had a few tours in the Caribbean and outside the Caribbean,” she explained.“It was difficult, I won’t lie, it was difficult to the point where I even thought about quitting but I had encouragment from my teammates … I fought through it.”West Indies enter the World Cup as one of the favourites but Daley said with the weight of expectation present, she was not getting ahead of herself.“I’m taking it one day at a time. You know it’s the World Cup and everybody wants to win, we want that title so I think taking it one step at a time [is important],” she said.“[I am] managing myself and seeing how it goes from the training sessions, practice games leading up to the World Cup, I’m just going to take it one day at a time.”She added: “We definitely have to play together as a team. We have to support each other, on and off the field. Once we do that, I think we’ll be good.”Daley’s return to the side has conincided with the selection of four uncapped players for the upcoming tournament, with Reniece Boyce, Quinana Joseph, Akeira Peters and Felicia Walters all handed their debut tour.And she said she hopes the quartet could make their mark quickly.“I think it’s good for the game, I think it’s good for West Indies cricket to have the youngsters among the senior players,” she noted.“I’ve played alongside Reniece Boyce and Felicia Walters in Trinidad and I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do in this World Cup, I’m looking forward to great things from them.”last_img read more


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first_imgBy Elroy StephneyEVEN at the age of 48, former Essequibo inter-county all-rounder Basil Persaud is still batting majestically.The resolutely durable Essequibian, who hails from the village of Walton Hall, is still highly acclaimed in his county, having represented several clubs as well as two area committees.The aggressive right-handed opening batsman had a dream season last year with his adopted Everest Masters Club of Georgetown, where he registered two centuries including one against the England Foundation cricket team which toured Guyana last year.In addition, he scored over 12 club centuries while representing Devonshire Castle, Ravens, Pomeroon and North Essequibo cricket committees.The dynamic all-rounder has had many unforgettable innings, labelling his outstanding 121 against Cavaliers Sports Club in 2010 as his most memorable.In recent times he has had an active schedule playing in several countries including Trinidad, Jamaica, Suriname and the United States.He has attributed his longevity in the game to remaining physically fit, committed and engaging in constant practice. He was also proud to have competed against the likes of Clayton Lambert, Sudesh Dhaniram and Rabindranauth Seeram on the local scene while he also teamed up against foreign players including Trinidadian Suruj Ragoonauth and Barbadian Raymon Reifer.The former Sports Officer is also a junior cricket coach and has been instrumental in conducting coaching clinics with several clubs across the Essequibo Coast.He is also a sitting RDC Councillor who previously chaired the Sports Sub- Committee where he has advocated for the establishment of an Annual Awards Ceremony to recognise the sterling contributions of the Region’s sportsmen and sportswomen.He also served as a member of the Essequibo Cricket Board as well as representative to the Guyana Cricket Board on the Cricket Development Committee.The attractive opener remains quite a dangerous threat to any bowler since he can drive, cut and pull with unrestrained authority and precision.His sojourn, though, in the twilight of his career is his ‘second coming’ according to him, even as he continues to enjoy a successful season with his respective clubs.He has since committed himself towards many more graceful innings whether in Essequibo, Georgetown or overseas as a loyal and dedicated student of the game.His advice to young cricketers is to remain disciplined and inculcate the right attitude towards training.He is also appealing to the relevant authorities to reintroduce cricket into the school system. It is his belief that the schools are the first step towards the emergence of the next generation of outstanding cricketers.For the moment, though, Basil Persaud continues to bat with consummate elegance and artistry while expressing confidence in having another productive season in 2018.last_img read more