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Cayman Islands: Politics and Government

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 25741, tabled on 5 March 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential political effect of proposed amendments to section 81 of the Cayman Islands' constitution which would (a) remove the power of the Governor to legislate when the Cayman Islands Government Legislature fails to act to protect human rights, (b) require Caymanian citizens seeking redress in their home jurisdiction to travel to London to do so from either the Crown or Parliament and (c) potentially leave the UK in breach of a range of international commitments.

Answered on

13 March 2020

The process of amending the Cayman Islands Constitution is not yet complete. All elements of the constitutional reform package have been extensively reviewed to ensure that human rights in the Cayman Islands are protected and that the UK Government's ability to uphold its international law commitments is maintained.