Human rights

St. Maarten representatives were again in Geneva last month to defend the country’s Human Rights record at the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). Carol Voges , Head of Economic Affairs and Finance in the Cabinet of the Minister Plenipotentiary in The Hague, represented the country at the recently concluded 61st Session of the Committee on the for Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. In her opening statement, Voges stated Government remains committed to ensuring that all persons, regardless of any distinguishing characteristics, are guaranteed their fundamental human rights.

The intervention touched labour and unemployment, sexual and reproductive health, and human trafficking. More specifically, matters related to the progress made on decreasing the unemployment rate, which now stands at 6.21 per cent (down from 12.2 per cent in 2009), pension related issues, the status and legality of abortions, and criminalization of human trafficking and awareness were addressed and followed-up with related questions from the Committee.

Source: The Daily Herald