Three sites to replace ‘unfit’ prison go before ExCo

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 […]

Inmates swelter as councillors duck vote on prison move

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Human rights project goes live on Facebook

A new Facebook page has been launched as part of the effort to increase awareness of human rights on St Helena. Click here if you’d like to like it. And while you’re at it, please like the new St Helena Online page on Facebook, so you can find out what’s going on with the website.

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]