End Descriminatory Gender, Racial and Religious policies in Trinidad & Tobago
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In a Post colonial 21 Century Repubic of Trinidad and Tobago Religious discrimination is happening. People are being treated differently because of what they believe in. Specifically, adherents of different religions (or denominations) are treated unequally before the law and in institutional settings such as employment.
Government and Companies' practices of refusing or dilberately omitting to offer employment to male persons with dredlocks impinge on our Constitutional Rights. These include TTPS TTDF TTFS any security company and the list goes on. Why can't a young male youth dream of a career with any of the above-mentioned without violating his fundamental religious beliefs. Modern Democracy is not supposed to be only about the rule of the majority but also the protection of the rights of those in the minority.
Their motive and intention for such policies are irrelevant to the determination of descrimination. If a subjective attribute of a person is the only reason that person has been treated differently then the policy in question is Descriminatory.
Some questions to consider....Are these policies in place because dredlocks is a hairstyle physiologically and culturally associated with African people? Can dredlocks be kept in a tidy manner? Is dredlocks compatible with a tidy hair policy? Can dredlocks be considered an immutable physical characteristic? . Does employing person's with dredlocks pose an undue hardship on company or employees?
Then why is it in this day and age in a CARRIBEAN country that wants and claims leadership role in the region do we still accept being treated as 2nd class citizens with policies that push societal descrimination and promotes prejudice creating Rasta-Phobia, encouraging descrimination, Intolerance, Ignorance.
It is often the perception of the intolerance of the other that causes our own intolerance to them.
The deprivation of my rights have caused tremendous pain to myself and others mentally, financially and as well as physically. These policies towards us should be deemed punitive in a malicious, arbitrary, capricious manner in violation of our Constitutional Rights
THE CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Whereas the People of Trinidad and Tobago—
(a) have affirmed that the Nation of Trinidad and
Tobago is founded upon principles that
acknowledge the supremacy of God, faith in
fundamental human rights and freedoms, the
position of the family in a society of free men
and free institutions, the dignity of the human
person and the equal and inalienable rights with
which all members of the human family are
endowed by their Creator;
(b) respect the principles of social justice and
therefore believe that the operation of the
economic system should result in the material
resources of the community being so distributed
asto subserve the common good, that there should
be adequate means of livelihood for all, that
labour should not be exploited or forced by
economic necessity to operate in inhumane
conditions but that there should be opportunity
for advancement on the basis of recognition of
merit, ability and integrity;
(c) have asserted their belief in a democratic society
in which all persons may, to the extent of their
capacity, play some part in the institutions of the
national life and thus develop and maintain due
respect for lawfully constituted authority;
(d) recognise that men and institutions remain free
only when freedom is founded upon respect for
moral and spiritual values and the rule of law;
(e) desire that their Constitution should enshrine the
above-mentioned principles and beliefs and
make provision for ensuring the protection in Trinidad and Tobago of fundamental human rights and freedoms.
Wherefore due to the totality in circumstances, I request that you all join the cause to be relieved from this oppression and seek assistance in accessing any other relief that may be deemed just and proper.
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