Human Rights Treaties
Jersey has had the UK's ratification of five of the nine core international human rights treaties and three Optional Protocols extended to it, as follows:. Jersey has not had the UK's ratification of the following core treaties extended to it: 2. Jersey and the non-extended treaties Out of the four core treaties that Jersey has not had extended to it, two have not been ratified by the UK and so are not available to Jersey.
Jersey has stated that work is underway to identify where Jersey already complies with the requirements of the CEDAW and what legislative changes might be needed to ensure that the Island is compliant. These Regulations do not by themselves meet the requirements of the CRPD, as they are exclusively about non-discrimination; whereas the CRPD requires positive action to ensure and promote the de facto equality of disabled persons. Jersey recognised this in the report accompanying the Draft Regulations and has said that, once the disability strategy and disability discrimination legislation are in place, the Council of Ministers may seek to extend ratification of the convention to Jersey.
Conclusion Jersey is a small and relatively wealthy Bailiwick. However, this does not mean that Jersey should not be, where it can, actively adopting and implementing these treaties, nor does it mean that Jersey does not have issues of its own.
Furthermore, as Jersey has not accepted the competence of any treaty body to receive individual complaints of human rights abuses, a tool which gives concrete meaning to the treaty rights, it may be viewed as reluctant to comply fully with those UN treaties. While other governments were being praised, criticised and given recommendations, it seems the various UN Committees have only recently understood the significance of and situation in Jersey as a Crown Dependency.
Nevertheless, Jersey has been generally cooperative with the treaty bodies.
Human Rights Law: Treaties and Conventions
It has actively implemented policies and legislation to give effect to the treaties that have been extended to it and in response to recommendations made to it. Although Jersey may have had a somewhat sluggish start, it is now well established in its own right throughout the treaty bodies. The Ministry of Justice MoJ establishes a Human Rights Support Unit HRSU to assist the Executive Branch to fulfill the State obligations in integrating human rights principles and standards into legislation, policy, and programmes, and consequently strengthening their service delivery to the people of the country.
The HRSU within the MoJ will act as an internal governmental mechanism, mandated to monitor, assess and evaluate the Executive Branch in regards to the implementation of human rights and to comply with and report on its human rights treaty body obligations.
Core International Human Rights Instruments (Treaties) and The Treaty Bodies
The HRSU shall provide advisory services and technical assistance to the Executive Branch on applying human rights based approach in conducting their tasks, responsibilities and service delivery to the public. The HRSU shall produce reports every six months.
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Since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the General Assembly in , nine core United Nations international human rights treaties have been adopted and binding on States that have ratified them. There are ten human rights treaty bodies, which are all committees of independent experts. This means they do not represent states, but are known for their independence and expertise in the relevant subject matters.
Nine of the treaty bodies monitor the implementation of the core international human rights treaties by the States that have ratified them.