Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 15th 2016 Contents Muslim lobby group, Ummah T&T, has writ-
ten to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on the
distribution of a $25,000 grant towards the
preparation of mosques before Ramadan.
Ramadan is next month.
Penned by chairman Imam Rasheed Karim,
the letter said the group had agitated for the sum
on behalf of 80 mosques in T&T.
"The allocation from Government has gone a
long way to alleviating the anxiety and financial
stress that most of our houses of worship faces
leading up to Ramadan and onwards.
"In fact, it has been our experience that the
much-needed funds in the majority of cases
go towards the renovation of masjid assets
including kitchen repairs, enhancing the
infrastructure of the buildings, improving
car park facilities and the like."
Karim said while the group has recog-
nised the current economic situation
it strongly believed that the contri-
bution made by the Muslim commu-
nity could not be quantified in finan-
He said: "Sir, we call upon you to
recommit yourself to the upliftment
of the Muslims in our beloved nation,
to not only those who supported your
election to governance, but those who
did not, since we live in a free and
"We wish to remind you that Ummah
T&T was primarily responsible for having
Government effect the Ramadan allowance,
which was welcomed throughout the Mus-
lim community and would represent a serious
loss should it be discontinued."
Outlaw child marriages, give rights to LGBTQ
groups and take steps to abolish the death penalty.
These are the recommendations given to T&T as
its human rights record was appraised by the Universal
Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva on Tuesday.
T&T s report was delivered by the country s ambas-
sador to the UN Eden Charles.
The report was shown by the United Nations
Information Centre (UNIC) at its Victoria Avenue
The UPR is a periodic review of the human
rights records of all 193 United Nations Mem-
Tuesday marked T&T s second review. Its
first review took place in 2011.
T&T was commended for its efforts in
adopting recommendations from its first
review, such as the proclamation of the
Trafficking in Persons Act 2011 and the
establishment of a Counter Trafficking Unit
in the Police Service.
Several country representatives, including
Norway, Nigeria, the United States and Por-
tugal, after congratulating the country on its
progress, raised serious concerns about T&T s
failure to meet specific recommendations from
its first review.
The T&T delegation was advised to eliminate
discrimination against the LGBT community by
repealing legislation that prohibits consensual same-
The delegation was also urged to continue making
inroads with regard to the discrimination against
women by specifically abolishing child marriage and
legislating an age for marriage for both men and women
in line with international standards.
Charles, in responding to recommendations on the
issues raised, said the country did not enact legislation
"We engage in extensive consultations, but in a
multi-ethnic, multi-religious society we must seek to
engage in consultations at government level and among
Charles told the UPR that T&T had made significant
advances in the promotion and protection of human
rights based on its voluntary commitments to accepted
recommendations made at the last review.
"The UPR process as a whole served as an effective
mechanism to which a national human rights agenda
was developed to further promote and strengthen
human rights protection efforts," Charles said.
He said that the Second National Report for UPR
would highlight the major developments that had
occurred since the last review and in the period of
follow-up and implementation.
"Within the last four years, the Government has
placed emphasis on anti-corruption, recognising the
issue of corruption as a systemic problem that directly
stymies the full enjoyment of human rights.
"Additionally, there have been achievements within
the realm of children s rights that have changed the
landscape of child protection as well as the rights of
persons with disabilities.
"Gender equality and the elimination of all forms
of discrimination continue to be pursued by the Gov-
ernment through the enactment of legislation and
policy," Charles said.
He said citizen security and the reduction of violent
crime continue to be top priorities.
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wants Govt grant
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A member of the T&T Jump Rope Federation
during a demonstration at the Police
Service's 93rd Annual Sports Day at the
Police Academy, St James, yesterday.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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