End Descriminatory Gender, Racial and Religious policies in Trinidad & Tobago

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In a Post colonial 21st Century Republic 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.

It is often the perception of the intolerance of the other that causes our own intolerance to them.

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. Is it a deterrent to keep a certain people out of positions of Authority especially within Government? 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. Meaning you can't justify discrimination. 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?

Yes, the Government is enforcing policy of old that restrict us having an identity or having power under said identity. The implications of growing dreadlocks stand (mostly for men) and, up to now, one cannot work in government or be admitted to government schools. In fact, one is perceived as a drug dealer or user and unhygienic if he has dreadlocks. African men have, therefore, kept their hair short and ‘presentable’ in conformity with the colonial masters.

 Can dredlocks be kept in a tidy manner and compatible with a tidy hair policy?

Yes, Women that are allowed to wear dredlocks Is proof of this. And if this is not so then why do they still have a job?

 Can dredlocks be considered an immutable physical characteristic? .

Yes, The argument isn’t that the Government does not have the right to enforce a conservative code, but that it must consider the diversity of hair textures and cultures. The current policy is the equivalent of a black majority military telling its thousands of white soldiers that they are required to have dreadlocks or Afros.  Dredlocks is a part of my body just like my arms  and legs. So if they require persons to cut off one arm to gain employment do we adhere to that policy also?

Does employing person's with dredlocks pose an undue hardship on company or employees? 

No, Laws and company's policies should not prohibit employment dress or grooming rules, per se, as long as these company rules do not have a “disparate impact” on the applicant or employee. However, once the employer becomes aware that a religious accommodation is needed, The employer must accommodate the person whose sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance conflicts with the employer’s requirements or “appearance policies,” unless doing so would pose an undue hardship.

Then why is it in this day and age in a CARIBBEAN 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

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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