GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Tuesday May 14, 2109 – The United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has signed Memorandum
of Understanding (MOU) with stakeholders in Guyana as it continues to expand
its partnership on protecting migrant Venezuelan children.
The document was signed yesterday
between UNICEF and the Ministry of the Presidency’s Department of Citizenship,
the Guyana Legal Aid Clinic, Help and Shelter, Blossoms Inc. and the Regional
Executive Offices in Regions 1 and 4, to forge greater partnerships with both
government and non-government agencies to strengthen its support for Venezuelan
migrants and their host communities.
The document includes supporting
efforts to ensure documentation of migrant children, support on access to
services for sexually abused children, and ensuring access to referral services
for legal aid and violence prevention and response with the Guyana Legal Aid
Clinic, and the Help and Shelter Organization.
In February of this year, US$500,000
was allotted by UNICEF to fund the provision of water and sanitation hardware,
assist the Ministry of Education to build schools’ capacity, and hygiene promotion
for Venezuelan migrants. This was done as a measure to combat issues such as
child abuse and child labour among the migrants with the focus being placed on
the 4,800 migrant children living in Region 1 through 7.
During brief remarks, UNICEF resident
representative to Guyana and Suriname, Sylvia Fouet said that the organization
has been working to get information on how many children are actually entering
She disclosed that they are currently
exploring avenues through which the schools in the border region can accommodate
Fouet commended the government for its
“open door policy”, noting the challenge to the absorption capacity of the
school. It was emphasized that the idea is to have a joint learning system
instead of a separate one.
The Government of Guyana, with assistance from international agencies, has been working to assist Venezuelan migrants crossing the border to escape the social and economic crisis in the Spanish-speaking nation. To date, Guyana has registered some 6,000 migrants and has systems in place to track and monitor their presence in the country.
Jamaica’s Justice Ministry Rolling out Initiatives to Prevent Witness Intimidation
Jamaica, Monday July 22, 2019 – The
Jamaica government is embarking on initiatives to protect witnesses in trials from
intimidation, including providing buses equipped with audio-video technology,
to assist in securing testimony from witnesses.
Justice Minister Delroy Chuck said two
such vehicles, which will be rolled out soon, will be used to travel to remote
areas where witnesses may be located.
He said other initiatives include
equipping 78 courtrooms with digital audio facilities, and 19 with audio-video
recording apparatus, noting that “with this technology, witness intimidation
will be significantly reduced”.
Additionally, the Minister said,
legislation has been passed to allow witnesses in human trafficking cases being
tried in the Circuit Court, to testify before presiding judges without a jury.
“Our goal, mission and purpose at the
Ministry of Justice is to create a first class justice system that delivers
timely justice to all, irrespective of their socio-economic circumstances,” Chuck
emphasized, adding that a first-class justice system cannot exist without the
proper care and protection of witnesses.
His comments were delivered by Executive
Director of the Legal Aid Council, Hugh Faulkner, at a Witness Care Conference,
at the Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, Mona, which ended over
Minister Chuck said engagement such as
the conference are intended to provide a “wealth of information” that should be
used as “critical investments” to yield “tangible results” for the care of
This, he added, is imperative in
spurring civic-minded Jamaicans into action, and sending a message to the
criminal underworld that “witnesses will not cower in fear, but will be
motivated to stand and be counted and play their part in creating a society that
is secure, cohesive and just”.
The inaugural event was a key activity
under the Justice Undertakings for Social Transformation (JUST) Project, a
$19.8 million Global Affairs Canada (GAC)-funded initiative, being implemented
by the Justice Ministry and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
It is supporting justice sector reforms through technical-legal assistance; institutional strengthening; and social order.
Real Estate Board in Jamaica Clamping Down on Developers Who Illegally Sell Properties
Jamaica, Monday July 22, 2019 – The
Real Estate Board (REB)/Commission of Strata Corporations (CSC) is clamping
down on unregistered real estate developers who are selling properties
“For the second time in 2019 we have had
a conviction for an unregistered developer, and both cases are now at the
sentencing process,” said Chief Executive Officer of the Real Estate
Board/Commission of Strata Corporations, Sandra Garrick.
“We want to remind persons that the Real
Estate Board/Commission of Strata Corporation is committed to ensuring that if
developers fail to register they will answer to the law.”
Garrick added that in one of the cases, units
were being marketed and sold in an unregistered scheme for which the developer
had not yet acquired land.
“Part of the REB’s responsibility is to
oversee that purchasers receive what they have contracted and that monies paid
over to developers are used as the Real Estate Act prescribes, meaning the
funds are put in a Trust account and not used as the developer’s personal
money,” she emphasized.
Garrick also encouraged purchasers to do their due diligence when
“As a purchaser, the first thing you
should do is ensure that the real estate developer is registered with the REB
and is allowed to contract business, sell units and advertise. A list of
registered developers can be found on the REB’s website and persons may call
the Board to do checks,” she said.
Garrick pointed out that there are times when the REB may give a developer tentative approval, but will not grant the approval to market the units.
Cayman Islands Leads International Gold Smuggling Investigation
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, Monday July 22, 2019 – Authorities in the Cayman Islands are leading a money laundering investigation with the assistance of the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA), following the seizure of gold worth around £4 million (US$4.9 million).
The gold was seized by the NCA as part of an international investigation into a suspected South American drugs cartel.
Officers from the UK’s Border Force, acting on intelligence from the NCA, moved in to detain the shipment at Heathrow on June 1. The gold was being transported from the Cayman Islands to Switzerland, having earlier been shipped to the British Overseas Territory on a private jet from Venezuela.
The bars and pieces of gold, which together weigh around 104 kilos, have been seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act, following a hearing at Uxbridge Magistrates in London.
NCA Heathrow branch commander, Steve McIntyre, said: “We believe that this shipment was linked to drugs cartels operating out of South America. Working with partners overseas and in the UK we were quickly able to identify it and stop it’s onward movement.
“The business model of many organized crime groups relies upon the ability to move money across borders, to fund further investment in criminal activity. If we can stop that it not only causes disruption to the criminal network involved and prevents them benefiting from crime, it also stops that re-investment.”
Nick Jariwalla, Border Force Heathrow Director, added that taking large amounts of money or gold out of the control of criminal networks hits them where they feel it most – in the pocket.
“This was a substantial seizure and demonstrates how effectively Border Force works with law enforcement partners, both at home and abroad, to combat organised crime,” he said.
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