CARICOM calls for immediate end to violence in Mid-East, North Africa

(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has expressed deep regret at the loss of life during peaceful demonstrations in the Middle East and North Africa, and has called for an immediate end to the violence there.

A statement issued at the conclusion of the Twenty-Second Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM in St. George’s, Grenada, 25-26 February 2011, condemned the use of violence against people who were protesting peacefully. The deep desire of the people of that Region to have greater political and economic involvement in their countries was evident through their sustained protests, the statement noted.

The Community, the statement said, looked forward to a resolution of the situation through dialogue and actions which would allow the people of that Region to freely exercise their fundamental human rights.

“The Caribbean Community promotes and encourages the adherence to democratic principles, good governance, the rule of law and the protection of human rights. The Community reiterates its endorsement of the principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and therefore condemns the use of violence against people who are protesting peacefully,” the statement said.

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