Human rights is a key element of British foreign policy. As part of that, we are keen to work with Caribbean states on a partnership basis to identify and contribute to solutions on human rights issues in the region.
Most Caribbean states are constitutional democracies with a free and functioning judicial system, and observe the substantive obligations they have taken on themselves through being parties to the key international human rights treaties. As a result, the focus in the region is on the development and enhancement of civil and political rights and social and cultural freedoms.
The serious economic challenges now being faced by the countries in the region have contributed in particular to an increase in the level of crime and violence. This in turn has fed through to increased pressures on police and judicial systems. Through close collaboration with countries in the region, we are able to provide advice and assistance to help improve the ability of the local governments to deal with the consequences of increased crime and violence. This is done through technical assistance, training, financial assistance and exchanges of best practice.
While we acknowledge the difficulties being faced in stemming rising violent crime, we continue to press Caribbean states to abolish the death penalty. Where it is retained, we ask that minimum international standards are observed. By and large this happens.
For further information on FCO policy on human rights please visit: Human Rights in Foreign Policy. For information on projects supported by the UK in countries of the region please visit the Embassy websites listed at: UK Overseas Missions.