Caribbean News in Brief for June 17


Ottawa, Canada: Canada has invited Haiti and Jamaica, along with a group of other developing countries, to attend the Group of Eight (G8) summit it is hosting this month.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper also invited Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Colombia to attend the meeting.

Harper said he wanted to make the event more inclusive.

“The G8 has a long tradition of developing credible solutions to global challenges in partnership with Africa and others in the international community,” said Harper.

Harper said the gathering aimed to “broaden representation and maximize results on international development and peace and security issues”.

The G8 summit of leading economies will take place in Huntsville from June 25-26 and will be immediately followed by a G20 summit in Toronto on June 26.


Kingston, Jamaica: Professor Charles Winston Anderson has become the first Jamaican to be appointed to the Caribbean Court of Justice. He was sworn in as Judge by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen at King’s House on Tuesday.

Professor Anderson, who is the Executive Director of the Caribbean Law Institute Centre at the University of the West Indies, was selected by the Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission based in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, where he will take up his appointment.

Anderson was born in Brittonville, St. Ann and holds a Doctorate in Philosophy in International and Environmental Law from the University of Cambridge.


Havana, Cuba: The Cuban government has freed a jailed dissident, and moved six others to prisons closer to their homes.

Ariel Sigler’s release was the latest in a series of minor concessions following talks between Cuban officials and Catholic church leaders.

Senior clergymen had pressed for Sigler, who’s seriously ill, to be freed on humanitarian grounds.

Sigler said he regretted not being able to share the moment with his companions who are still in jail.

Human rights groups say there are still about 180 political prisoners in Cuba and almost 30 of them are said to have serious health problems.


Georgetown, Guyana: Home affairs minister Clement Rohee says there is no reason to take the United States up on its offer to provide advisers who could help with crime-fighting strategies.

Rohee says U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder made the offer last month and added that there is no need for American advisers in Guyana, even though the country is struggling to fight soaring crime and gang-related violence.

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