Same-sex marriage approved for St Helena

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Marriage between same-sex couples has been approved by St Helena’s legislative council by nine votes to two – meaning weddings could take place within weeks. The Honourable Cyril Leo warned of a “deep divide” on the island and said he feared a negative reaction from “homophobic elements” in society. But he said people should embrace […]

Gay marriage rights close to becoming law on St Helena

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A bill to allow same-sex marriage on St Helena was approved by the island’s executive council on 5 December 2017 – raising the possibility that gay couples could legally wed within weeks. The same bill will allow people to have their marriages solemnised at venues such as The Castle, the governor’s residence at Plantation House and […]

Interpreter hired for court case

An interpreter is being brought out from South Africa to assist at a trial at the next sitting of St Helena’s Supreme Court, attorney general Nicola Moore told members of Legislative Council. She did not identify the defendant, or the language spoken. The information was disclosed in response to a question from the Hon Pamela Ward Pearce.

Criminal investigation clears sex abuse whistle-blowers

An eight-month criminal investigation has failed to find evidence to justify a prosecution of former St Helena Government staff, including the social workers who raised the alarm about sex abuse on the island. Frank Wastell, who stood down as Attorney General in June 2014, was one of those suspended from duty when police inquiries began – although […]

Island has desperate need for lay advocates, says judge

St Helena has a “desperate need” for people willing to take the place of qualified lawyers in court hearings, the island’s visiting chief justice has warned. Only two lay advocates remain in post after Bill Drabble and Mike Olsson stepped down. Judge Charles Ekins praised the pair for their long service, at the opening of […]

Soft sell: inside info that prison job advert doesn’t mention

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The advertisement for the job of running St Helena’s prison makes it sound almost attractive. The “chance of a lifetime” job is described as “a challenging role in an outstanding setting” – apparently not a reference to conditions in the prison itself. There is no mention of the fact that the building has been declared unsuitable and […]

UK group backs campaign to end secrecy in The Castle

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A call for more open government on St Helena has been backed by a leading group in the UK. In a message of support, Katherine Gundersen of the London-based Campaign for Freedom of Information says open, honest debate leads to better decision-making. It could also help to reduce public distrust of government. An increasing number […]