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Three sites to replace ‘unfit’ prison go before ExCo

Entrance to HMP Jamestown, stone building with blue-painted wooden balcony above barred door
HMP Jamestown dates back to the 1820s and cannot be brought up to modern standards. Picture: John Grimshaw

Three sites near Longwood are being considered for a new prison for St Helena, to replace the “totally unsatisfactory” one in Jamestown.

It comes after former governor Mark Capes was strongly condemned for trying to impose a new prison at Half Tree Hollow, disregarding protests about sex offenders being kept near young families.

The three sites are all at Bottom Woods and all within national conservation areas. The public will be consulted before any site is chosen.

One of the three, next to the meteorological station, is in part of the Millennium Forest where protected trees have been planted. A special licence would be needed to remove them.

Update: on 3 October 2017, executive councillors decided the Millennium Forest site was not suitable for the new prison because of its environmental importance. It agreed to put the two other proposed sites out to public consultation. 

Agricultural land further west of the met station offers more space for a level site, but water and sewage services would need improving. Part of the site is leased to a farmer.

The third site, at the goat pen area, is closer to homes but considered to be far enough away to be safe. Choosing this would mean building a road through precious farmland.

Legislative councillors visited the three sites in August and details were put before the prison project board and LegCo in mid-September.

Now the executive council is advised to approve all three for a public consultation at its meeting on Tuesday, 3 October. Both negative and positive views are expected, says the report to ExCo.

The new prison will need about three acres of land to meet international standards, including space for an outside recreation area. Other factors include security,  human rights, and providing for disable prisoners.

A prison farm could be established at a later stage.

All three sites are in the vicinity of the island’s new sport field, but “can be suitably far away.”

They are also all in the airport development area, but this should not be a problem if the building is no more than two storeys high.

The sites offer enough space to ensure Category B prisoners can be kept secure. A specialist from overseas would have to be brought in to install specialist security systems and doors.

They are close to wirebird and conservation sites, but this is not expected to present problems with planning approval.

The new prison would be close to the airport haul road, which would be used for the 35-minute drive from the police station and court house in Jamestown.

Three other possible prison sites have already been rejected, including one next to the batteries at Ladder Hill Fort, because there are still hopes of creating a five-star hotel there.

The island shooting range was dismissed because it is in a sensitive area for wirebirds, and another site at Bunker’s Hill, overlooking Rupert’s Valley, was ruled out because of cost.

The current building in Jamestown, dating from 1826, has repeatedly been declared unfit by visiting inspectors. Inmates’ human rights cannot be upheld in the cramped conditions.

Funding for a new prison at Sundale House, above Half Tree Hollow, was set aside in 2012. It was expected that inmates would move there by 2015.

When legislative councillors refused to endorse the plan in the face of vigorous public protests, Governor Capes disbanded the council and then waited the maximum three months to hold an election.

The reason for shutting down democracy was revealed in the 2015 Wass Report into governance on the island, which criticised him for disregarding concerns that convicted sex offenders would be allowed out of Sundale to exercise, close to homes.

But Mr Capes told Sasha Wass’s inquiry panel that he needed to address the human rights failings at HMP Jamestown.

He said councillors “had an attitude that prison is meant to be uncomfortable and unpleasant and there are other things to spend money on.”

In 2011, chief of police Peter Coll had repeated warnings about the “unsafe” pre-Victorian building. “Anyone who is under the impression that serving a prison sentence is a soft option is not aware of the conditions,” he said.

The prison had no fire exits, and arrested prisoners had to use toilets in full view of inmates and staff – male and female. Cells became very hot in summer, especially when there were three or four people in a cell – a regular problem.

The new proposals have been made public as part of St Helena Government’s new policy of openness. They are set out in the first set of Executive Council agenda reports ever to be made public, a major step in ending excessive secrecy.

However, the expected costs of the three sites have been blanked out. The report says the UK’s Department for Internation Development would be asked to pay for the new prison.

SEE ALSO: 
Democracy on St Helena: councillors opposed prison move – so ‘Enforcer’ Capes sacked them
Unfit prison ‘will move’ to Half Tree Hollow, says planning chief
‘Unfit’ prison to close by 2015 amid human rights failings

Inmates swelter as councillors duck vote on prison move

Her Majesty's Prison, Jamestown. Picture: John Grimshaw
Her Majesty’s Prison, Jamestown. Picture: John Grimshaw

Efforts to end “human rights violations” in St Helena’s overcrowded prison have been frustrated by executive councillors’ refusal to consider plans for a new gaol at Half Tree Hollow.

It is thought the acting governor, Owen O’Sullivan, might exercise his right to approve the plans himself, because conditions in HMP Jamestown are so bad.

Any delay is unlikely to affect the ten current inmates in the prison, which has just three cells. Their sentences will end before work on converting Sundale House was due to be completed.

It is not clear whether the councillor’s inaction will hold up conversion work. It was hoped it could be completed in 2014, a year earlier than expected.

The five-strong council argued that it had been told it could not make major policy decisions during an election period, under “purdah” rules imposed by Governor Mark Capes before he left the island on leave.

There has been vigorous local opposition to the Sundale House plan, and approving the scheme might have damaged the councillors’ chances of being voted back in – though they may not intend to seek re-election anyway.

Because the council meets in secret, the thrust of the councillors’ views on the plan is not known. Had they taken it to a vote, it might have been against the scheme.

But the principle of the move had already been agreed by the executive council, meaning it could only be turned down on the grounds of its design – and that had already been approved by the island’s independent planning board.

Sundale House (walled compound, top right) and Jamestown prison are both "unfit for use". Aerial picture: Rémi Bruneton
Sundale House (walled compound, top right) and Jamestown prison are both “unfit for use”. Aerial picture: Rémi Bruneton

The acting governor’s report of the meeting said: “It was a constructive discussion with a number of points made.  I was advised by members that they believed that they should not make a decision on this during the purdah period and wished to delay consideration of this until the new council.”

The purdah rules do allow the executive council to make decisions on urgent matters.

A statement from The Castle said: “The acting governor and senior officials are currently considering the implications of council’s advice and we are unable to make any further comment at this time.”

Catherine Turner, the island’s human rights co-ordinator, said: “The general feeling is that ExCo had already agreed this and should have made a decision but ducked the responsibility.

“ExCo’s acceptance of the proposal in principle is probably minuted somewhere but that will not be put into the public domain.

“However, this is recorded in the the Land Development Control Plan and the Human Rights Action Plan. Both clearly state that the prison should be moved to Sundale and both have been agreed and accepted as policy by the current ExCo.

“No one is clear what the next step will be.”

Catherine said leaving the decision to the new council might mean a delay until September, given that the election will not take place until 17 July 2013.

She said: “I expect that given the nature and sensitivity of the decision, any new members will want time to read the papers.”

The island’s governor does have the power to take the decision out of councillors’ hands. But Catherine said: “He is off island – the acting governor could do it, but it is thought that that is unlikely.

“The project team are hoping that it will not cause a significant delay as they believe that there is plenty they can be getting on with in preparation in the meantime.

“As far as the prisoners are concerned, most will have finished their sentences before the planned date of the move so it does not effect them directly.

“But it is the rights of those convicted in the next 12 months that will be unnecessarily effected, and we do not know who they are.

“My view is that the poor conditions and human rights violations are well documented and have been known for years, and it has gone on too long.”

Failings raised in the island’s human rights action plan include inadequate ventilation in cells, lack of privacy – even in the toilets – and limited access to the small exercise area.

“The prison is currently housing ten men, three to a cell, and one prisoner has chosen to sleep in an outside police holding cell,” said Catherine, who also serves as a prison visitor.

“It is hot and cramped in the cells. Remand prisoners and sentenced prisoners who are in the high security category are not allowed to leave the prison, so may not work on the farm or on community projects. Therefore they cannot get any outdoor exercise to let off steam.

“It is a disaster waiting to happen.”

Conditions at Sundale House, which currently houses people with severe mental disorders, have also been criticised. The prison plans involve creating a new secure facility for them elsewhere.

Catherine Turner said: “Fortunately our new social work manager, Claire Gannon, is excellent and she has plans in place to get the people out of Sundale and into more acceptable temporary accommodation as quickly as possible. “She is not prepared to wait for the new build to move as she recognises that the conditions at Sundale are unacceptable.”

SEE ALSO: 
Unfit prison ‘will move’ to Half Tree Hollow, says planning chief
Prison to close by 2015 amid human rights failings

Human rights group pushes transparency cause

A leaflet supporting the fight against secrecy in St Helena Government is being published by the island’s human rights body.

It calls for a Freedom of Information (FoI) law to be introduced, just as the topic looks set to become an election issue.

So far only two candidates have confirmed they will stand, but one of them, Ian Rummery, has made it clear that reform is “a must”.

The leaflet says:

Freedom of Information is an extension of freedom of expression, a fundamental human right recognized in international law.

In the UK and several of the overseas territories this right is protected by a freedom of information act or ordinance. The UK act has been dis-applied here on St Helena, and we have no FoI legislation of our own so our right is not protected.

The United Nations and the UK Government both support Freedom of Information as they believe it

  • encourages greater openness and accountability
  • helps increase levels of public trust
  • increases the numbers voting in elections

The leaflet, published by the Human Rights Capacity Building Committee, says open government would build trust, prevent corruption, and encourage more people to vote.

Saints say No to violence at home

Growing numbers of people on St Helena are seeking help after being attacked in their homes.

And on the last weekend of November 2012, men and women on the island were asked to wear white ribbons to show their opposition to domestic violence.

A coffee morning and a vigil were organised to help spell out the message to abusers – and let victims know they need not suffer in silence.

Police reported seven incidents of domestic violence over a three-month period from late August 2012, and six people were arrested – including one women. Some were refused bail.

A new push to reduce violence in the home began when the international White Ribbon Day was marked on St Helena for the first time.

St Helena Police adopted a policy on dealing with reported cases the same day, on 25 November 2011.

Christine Coleman, of the social services department, said: “From that, people are being made more aware, and now I feel people are not afraid to come forward and speak up when they feel they are being treated by their partner in a way that they feel is unfair or violent.

“By wearing the white ribbon, you are saying you won’t take part in violence yourself, but also you won’t condone it in your friends.

“It is about raising awareness, especially for males to be aware: a pledge where you are giving that support, acknowledging the fact that violence against women needs to be reduced.

“We have had more referrals coming in regarding domestic violence.”

Catherine Turner, the islands human rights co-ordinator, said: “Violence against women is not just domestic and it doesn’t have to be physical. It can be anything from name-calling right through to rape.

“It can be trying to persuade you to do something you don’t want to do, calling you names in public, not allowing you to go out – that happens a lot, in teenage relationships particularly, and if it starts there it becomes slamming violence later in life.

“It happens, but we don’t see it in the street: it happens in the home.

“A lot of women have told us it’s all right for their husband to force them to have sex. Well it’s not: that is rape.”

She said that in the UK, men had helped to get the message across that beating wives and girlfriends was not manly behaviour.

Christine said victims who reported incidents to social workers would be given support and advised that they could complain to the police, who had a procedure in place for dealing with abuse.”

Leaflets, advice and books are available in the human rights office, next to Marlene Yon’s shop in Main Street, Jamestown.

‘Unfit’ prison to close by 2015 amid human rights failings

Entrance to HMP Jamestown, stone building with blue-painted wooden balcony above barred door
HMP Jamestown dates back to the 1820s and cannot be brought up to modern standards. Picture: John Grimshaw

Funding has been earmarked to close down St Helena’s “unfit” prison after years of warnings about its condition.

But it could be three years before inmates can be moved to a new prison at Sundale, in Half Tree Hollow.

A report says the prison fails to meet several human rights standards, and chief of police Peter Coll said last year that large parts of the building were unsafe.

Sundale is used for secure accommodation by the health directorate. A new home would have to be found for current residents.

St Helena Government says it could not justify substantial spending to improve the Jamestown jail in the meantime.

The public will be fully consulted “in the next few months” through the planning system. The aim is to move inmates out of Jamestown in 2015.

Peter Coll wrote in July 2011 that the prison dated back to the 1820s and needed urgent upgrading. “It is no longer fit for purpose,” he said, “with large parts of the building built from old wooden and unsafe construction.

“This has been the findings of successive FCO prison advisors over many years.

“Anyone who is under the impression that serving a prison sentence is a soft option is not aware of the conditions.”

The island’s human rights action plan sets out several concerns:

  • There are no fire exits
  • the toilets for the arrested prisoners are in full view of other prisoners and staff, including the female staff
  • cells lack natural light and adequate ventilation.
  • cells are very hot in summer, especially if, as regularly happens, there are three or four people in the cell
  • remand prisoners – who are legally innocent – are kept together with convicted prisoners because the alternative is isolation
  • convicted inmates cannot get to the exercise are when newly-arrested prisoners are in the holding cell, because it blocks the entrance
  • prisoners are often woken during the night as noisy, drunken people are transferred to the holding cells.

A St Helena Government statement says low-cost improvements have been made, including getting prisoners to fit out a doctors’ consulting room.

Funding to develop Sundale as a prison site has been allocated under the 2013-16 Capital Infrastructure Plan, but planning approval is needed first.

“In this context, any significant development of current facilities at the existing site would not be best use of SHG money,” says the statement.

Moving to Sundale would mean young offenders could be managed there, but kept apart from adult prisoners. At the moment St Helena is exempted from an international convention on keeping juveniles separate from adult inmates because the prison is too small.

Peter Coll, writing last year in the St Helena Independent, said people in Half Tree Hollow should not be alarmed by the plan to move prisoners.

He said: “We can reassure residents in the Sundale area that they will actually be safer as a result of being located near to any new prison site, as police and prison officers will provide a constant presence nearby.

“What I can promise is proper consultation about how this will work.”

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UK offers to help reduce offenders’ risk to island society

LINK:
Human rights on St Helena – St Helena Government

Island works to end heartache caused by sex offenders

Special efforts are being made to help sex offenders on St Helena avoid committing further crimes when they are released from prison.

A sex offenders register could also be set up as part of changes to the criminal code, according to the island’s human rights plan.

Last week the British government offered to help its overseas territories provide the treatment that such criminals need.

That news has been welcomed by prison visitor and human rights facilitator Catherine Turner.

She said: “I get to see the heartache of the survivors and their families, frustration of the prison staff and police who do not want to release a prisoner who is likely to re-offend, and the fear of prisoners who know that they will probably re-offend if not treated.

“The rehabilitation of sex offenders is a high priority in the St Helena Human Rights Action Plan.”

Two convicted sex offenders are currently serving prison terms at HMP Jamestown. There were four when the human rights plan was revised in late 2011. Three of them had been convicted of offences against children, and one of them was serving his third sentence.

The police directorate is working with health and social welfare colleagues to develop treatment options for sex criminals.

A statement said: “We are receiving expert advice from the UK and we will be discussing the specifics of our options with the FCO prisons advisor when he visits in September 2012.

“Clearly we would be looking to offer suitable treatment to reduce the likelihood of  any prisoner re-offending, but this is a complicated and expensive area that requires careful management and care, including a duty of care for those staff delivering the treatment.”

As Catherine Turner says in a separate article for St Helena Online, UK prison staff who spend time with sex offenders have to be given counselling themselves, to help them cope with distressing stories.

The UK government White Paper released at the end of June 2012 acknowledged the extra challenges of dealing with prisoners with high needs in small island prisons.

“Facilities to promote rehabilitation and treat offenders who require specialist treatment, such as those convicted of sexual offences, are often not available,” it said. It promised to support moves to a prison system that helps prisoners overcome such problems, by sharing expertise.

St Helena Government is already completely rewriting the island’s Criminal Procedure Ordinance, which sets out how offenders are dealt with. Policy is still being formulated and a draft bill is not ready to be made public.

SEE ALSO:
UK offers to help reduce offenders’ risk to island society
No place to hide: why tackling sex crimes is more challenging on a small island
The lifelong cost of child abuse – and a plan of action

LINK:
St Helena Police Directorate
Criminal Procedure Ordinance (.pdf file)
Childline – UK charity offering young people support by phone and email

No place to hide: why tackling sex crimes is so much more challenging on a small island

St Helena police are trying to find ways to help sex criminals avoid re-offending. But CATHERINE TURNER, prison visitor and human rights facilitator, says small islands face extra challenges protecting potential victims. And the offenders have rights too.   

If a complaint of child abuse or rape is to be made on St Helena, it is almost impossible for anonymity to be maintained, despite the best efforts of everyone to respect the privacy of the survivor.

There are 4,000 of us. We know all the police officers, hospital staff and visitors to the hospital. You are very likely to be seen in a police car, entering the police station, going into court. The perpetrator may see the police visiting the house.

For the accused (innocent until proved guilty) there is no anonymity either. Their name will not appear in the paper or on the police reports, but everyone will know who it is. They and their families may have to live with that for a long time.

For the same reason, the perpetrator is very likely to be a known to the survivor and family. He may be friends with the police officers, and doctors.

So if a complaint is made, it is against a background of fear and in the knowledge that the accused and his family will know you; that when you are shopping or your children are in school, the family and friends of the accused will be there too.

For the accused, depending on when the event takes place and the nature of any charges brought, a period on remand for possibly almost a year may await. The Supreme Court judge usually only visits the island once a year.

So the trial may be a long time coming.

Someone found guilty of a serious sexual assault (aren’t they all?) may be sentenced to four or five years in prison. The purpose of prison is to rehabilitate offenders so that they do not commit such crimes again. However in the case of sex offenders, and particularly rapists and paedophiles, they need very specialist counselling.

UK prisons like Grendon Underwood have a good track record, but the work is intensive and involves group work as well as one-on-one sessions. The counsellors themselves have to be supported by mentors as a result of the effects this work has on them.

To provide this for one or possibly two people in the population at any one time is not possible or cost-effective. We have one mental health counsellor for the whole island and he is not trained in the very specific counselling needed.

For the prison officers, it is demoralizing knowing that they could do the very best job, but it would have little effect because in a few years’ time another two-year-old will be abused.

But for the one person who knows that he will spend five years in jail and then is almost 100% likely to re-offend within a year of release, it is in effect a life sentence. It is a human rights minefield.

While it is easy to blame the perpetrators, often they themselves have been victims all their lives.

Catherine Turner is chairperson of the Prison Visiting Committee in Jamestown and St Helena’s human rights facilitator.

SEE ALSO:
The lifelong cost of child abuse – and a plan of action

LINK:
Childline – UK charity offering confidential help and advice to young people

The lifelong cost of child abuse – and a plan of action

Child abuse ruins lives. St Helena’s Human Rights Action Plan says that the effects can last decades:

  • Many who are abused or bullied self harm and/or attempt suicide.
  • Members of the wider family may suffer stress-related illness.
  • Those who work for a bully may also sue or suffer stress.
  • Abused children may not do well at school and this can affect their earning potential and employment prospects for the rest of their lives.

There are costs to wider society too – not least, that an abused child might well grow up to abuse other children. And there is a heavy financial cost, spelled out in the island’s human rights plan:

“Children who are sexually abused or bullied are more likely than others to become abusers or bullies themselves as adults. In addition, research published in the American Journal of Psychiatry says that ‘childhood abuse doubles the risk of developing multiple and long-lasting episodes of depression’.”

These long-term problems have long-term costs:

  • prison costs
  • counselling costs
  • medical cost for treating the abused child’s injuries and depression.

The UK charity Childline runs a telephone helpline service for children and teenagers, offering confidential help or just a chance to talk.

Its website says the counselling service is only for children in the UK, but a spokesman told St Helena Online that any young person on St Helena who made contact – by phone or email – would not be turned away.

The charity says abuse can include acts that an adult may not consider serious, but which are very damaging:

“Sexual abuse is when a child or young person is pressurised, forced, tricked or coerced into taking part in any kind of sexual activity with an adult or another young person. This can include kissing, touching, intercourse or oral sex. It can happen to anyone – boys and girls. If you are being sexually abused it’s not your fault and you’re not alone.

“No one has the right to do things to you that you don’t like, even your boyfriend or girlfriend. It will take courage, but if you speak out about it, there are people who will listen to you and help you.

“Any person might be capable of sexually abusing someone, but it is more likely that sexual abuse would be by someone you know. The abuse might even be by someone you love and trust, like a member of your family.  A person who sexually abuses can be male or female, old or young.”

The St Helena Human Rights Action Plan sets out priorities for action:

  • introduce rehabilitation and counselling for offenders, to reduce recidivism (a repeat of wrongful behaviour)
  • renew and extend the island’s No Means No campaign
  • raise awareness that underage sex is unacceptable and dangerous – to give children the confidence to say No
  • continue regular publicity about children’s rights in island law
  • develop a programme of psychological support for the survivors of abuse
  • help schools prevent sexual and other abuse
  • continue to train teachers and youth workers to spot signs of abuse and report it.

The report also advises pooling information on sex offenders, and urges St Helena Government to consider employing a co-ordinator to manage intelligence on sex offenders.

SHG has already begun taking action on a range of recommendations under the plan, and the head of the prison service, Peter Coll, has applied for funding for further work. Advice is also being sought from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.

SEE ALSO:
UK offers to help reduce offenders’ risk to island society

LINK:
Childline – UK charity offering confidential help by phone or email

Women fight back as new law ‘fails to prevent discrimation’

Sex discrimination that would be illegal in the UK is commonplace on St Helena, according to the founder of a new group for women.

Catherine Turner says the island’s new employment law will still allow demeaning treatment, including ordering women to wear short skirts.

But lawyer Frank Wastell, the island’s Crown Counsel, said there was protection in place in St Helena’s constitution.

Next Monday, Catherine and some “fairly senior women” launch the Women in St Helena group (WISH) to make a stand on gender issues.

In her own words, she says that when new employment rules come into effect, it will still be legal for private sector employers to:

  • Advertise for male staff  (yes, it is happening)
  • Ask only women at interview – whether they will have children in future, and who will look after the children when they are ill?
  • Pay women less than men – (yes, it happens: one employer has stated publically that he pays his female staff less than the men because ‘they expect it’)
  • To insist that short skirts and high heals are worn by their sales assistants
  • To insist that you make the tea because it is “a woman’s job” even if some of the more junior people present are men.

Catherine adds: “There will still be no maternity pay or statutory maternity leave for private sector employees, although being sacked because you are pregnant may be considered constructive dismissal.

“The anecdotal reports we have had of sexual harassment at work are many and varied.

“But there is no employment protection and no [employer] has to have a disciplinary or grievance procedure, so there is no way of making a formal complaint.”

The Employment Rights Ordinance 2010 was due to come into force late last year or early in 2012. Catherine welcomed the fact that legislation had been passed but said it did not go far enough.

But Frank Wastell said:  “Catherine does not tell the full story. There will be in place a provision for unfair dismissal and in time we will be introducing more specific legislation.

“And we have clauses in the Constitution relating to discrimination, so there is more protection. There is a bigger picture here.”

Catherine says problem with discrimination go beyond the workplace: “Women are still subject to the most degrading jeers and comments from men in the street – albeit a small minority.”

She spoke out after former governor Andrew Gurr gave a talk in which he said women dominated top jobs on the island – though the women’s group was originally proposed last year.

He told the Friends of St Helena: “I looked round my advisers and nearly all of them were female, and it really says a great deal about the island and the ability of the ladies to get through the work.”

In a seperate conversation, he said: “I think it makes a nonsense of the Commonwealth people coming and talking about how we have to help girls. They are in charge.”

Catherine said: “Yes several of the heads of government directorates are women.

“But what are the odds on that continuing if all the men come back?  Most of the most talented men have seized the opportunity to go overseas: if this competition [for jobs] comes back I do not rate the women’s chances.

“The councilors who direct these ‘girls in charge’ are nearly all male (10 men, 2 women).”

Nick Thorpe, whose businesses include Thorpe’s shops, said 80% of his 70 staff were women. “We employ men as farm staff and warehouse delivery drivers and women for everything else.

“The pay is graded as fairly as possible. We offer three months’ half pay for maternity leave.

“I would not ask staff to wear short skirts, because a more sober look is better for business.”

One businessman told St Helena Online that sex discrimination probably existed, “but I do not think that it is as serious as in many places in the world, even western cultures.”

UK law says it is illegal to ask women about their parenting plans, or advertise specifically for a man or woman for a job – except in special circumstances.

Giving women demeaning tasks because of their gender, or requiring them to wear revealing clothing, would be grounds for British employees to claim sex discrimination or constructive dismissal (for being forced out of a job).

“This is just the position for women,” said Catherine. “If you are disabled, gay or anything other than Christian there is even less protection.

Catherine has been appointed as St Helena’s human rights co-ordinator, but made her remarks as a co-founder of Women In St Helena.

She said: “I have to say that if I were a Saint living in the UK and anything other than a heterosexual, able-bodied male, I would think twice before leaving my human rights at Brize Norton.”

A launch meeting for Women In St Helena will be held between 7pm and 9pm on Monday, 25 June 2012 at Ann’s Place in Jamestown. Anyone is welcome to attend – including men.

SEE ALSO
The inside story on St Helena, by former governor Andrew Gurr (see final section of story)

LINK:
Employment Rights Ordinance 2010

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