Supporters of prohibition

Organizations and individuals are invited to show their support for prohibition of all corporal punishment by signing up to the statement below. Supporters receive regular newsletters and occasional requests for campaigning actions, and are invited to alert the Coalition of advocacy opportunities.

Sign up to support prohibition:

“We, as organizations and individuals concerned with children in the Caribbean, support an end to all physical and other cruel, humiliating or degrading punishment of children. We call on our governments and parliaments to enact law reform to prohibit all corporal punishment in all settings of children’s lives – schools, care settings, the penal system and the family home – and to work to implement the prohibition and eliminate corporal punishment in practice.”

Organisation Individual



The following individuals are among those in the Caribbean who support the prohibition and elimination of all corporal punishment of children:

Dr R. (Nilda) J.A. Arduin, first Ombudsman of Sint Maarten; former Attorney-at-Law

Dr. Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, Law Faculty, University of the West Indies, Commissioner, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Justice Désirée Bernard, former Chairperson and Member UN Committee on the Elimination of Violence Against Women (CEDAW) and advocate for women as victims of violence

Dr Jacqueline Bird, Community Paediatrician, Director of RISE, Saint Lucia and President, Caribbean College of Paediatricians

Arlene Brock, Ombudsman for Bermuda; Regional Vice- President International Ombudsman Institute; former Chair, Police Complaints Authority; Attorney

The Rt Revd Errol Brooks, Bishop of North Eastern Caribbean and Aruba

Ms Hazel Brown, Coordinator, Network of NGOs of Trinidad and Tobago for the Advancement of Women

Mrs Orlean Brown-Earle, Jamaica

Mary Clarke, Jamaica’s first Children’s Advocate, retired

Dr Leith L Dunn, Jamaica

Dundeen Ferguson, Attorney-at-Law, Jamaica

Dr.Lilian Ferrier, Chair, Presidential Task Force on Integrated Child and Adolescent Policy, Suriname

The Revd Dr Paul Gardner, President of the Moravian Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands

The Rt Revd Randolph George, former Anglican Bishop of Guyana

Sheila George, Anglican Diocese of Guyana

Dr J. Carolyn Gomes, Executive Director, Jamaicans for Justice

Dr Tobi Graafsma, Professor in Clinical Child and Youth Psychology, Suriname

The Rt Revd Dr Howard Gregory, Anglican Bishop elect of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands

Mrs. Sheran Harper - Mothers' Union Central Board Trustee and Worldwide Parenting Trainer; Vice President for Mothers' Union West Indies; Commissioner on the National Commission for the Family, Guyana

Chantalle Haynes, Director, Forward Guyana; Director, Transparency Institute of Guyana; former MP promoting women’s political participation and children’s rights

Her Excellency Rosalyn E. Hazelle, former Member and Rapporteur UN Committee on the Elimination of Violence Against Women (CEDAW); advocate for human rights of women and children; lecturer on human rights and the prevention of violence against women and children

Dr Olda Hoare, parent advocate for positive discipline that respects children’s rights; founding member and former Dean of Sacred Heart Junior College, Belize; Parent Representative and member, Belize Ministry of Education Task Force on Alternative Discipline in Schools

Rowena Kalloo, Working Women and the University of Trinidad and Tobago

Vidyaratha Kissoon, Guyana

Ana Maria J. Locsin , National Director, ChildFund Caribbean

Judge Margarette May Macaulay, Judge of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, past President of the Coalition for the Rights of the Child, former President of the Association of Women’s Organisations in Jamaica and former Chairperson of CAFRA

Alba M. T. Martijn, Ombudsman of Curaçao

The Hon Madam Justice Sandra Mason, former Member and Chairperson, UN Committee on the Rights of the Child; Justice of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Barbados

Mary Alison McLean, former Member, UN Committee on the Rights of the Child; former Chief Executive Officer, Child Development Agency, Jamaica

Antoinette Moore, human rights lawyer; Adjunct Lecturer in Human Rights at the University of Belize; Country Director of American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative’s Belize program; Board Member of the Human Rights Commission of Belize (NGO)

The Rt Revd Cornell Jerome Moss STM, Anglican Bishop of Guyana

Rosa Maria Ortiz, former member, Committee on the Rights of the Child, Rapporteur of the Rights of the Child, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Cynthia Pitts, former Ombudsman of Belize; Attorney-at- Law; Board Member of the Human Rights Commission of Belize (NGO)

Bertrand G. Ramcharan, former UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights; Chancellor of the University of Guyana

Sir Clare Roberts, Antigua and Barbuda, former President, Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, OAS

Tracy Robinson, Commissioner, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights; Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica

Professor Letnie F Rock, Barbados

Maureen Samms-Vaughan, Professor of Child Health, Child Development and Behaviour, University of the West Indies and Chairman, Early Childhood Commission, Government of Jamaica

Simeon Sampson, Senior Counsel – Belize; Co-Chair of the Human Rights Commission of Belize (NGO); Member of the Working Committee of the Greater Caribbean for Life

Glenda Simms, former Member, UN Committee on the Elimination of Violence Against Women (CEDAW); former Executive Director, Bureau of Women’s Affairs, Jamaica

Revd Fr Marlon Simpson, Anglican Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands

Gloria Thomas, Guidance Counsellor, Ministry of Education, Grenada

The Rt Revd Dr Robert Thompson, Anglican Suffragan Bishop of Kingston

Miguel Angel Trinidad, former Chief of Mission in the Adjacency Zone between Belize and Guatemala


The following Caribbean organisations are among those which support the prohibition and elimination of all corporal punishment of children:

A Bleeding Heart, Trinidad and Tobago  

Association of Women’s Organizations in Jamaica

Behavioural Insights Inc, St Lucia

BFLA (Belize Family Life Association), Belize  

Buzzy Bees Daycare Centre, St Eustatius

CaribbeanCenter for Human Rights, Trinidad and Tobago   

ChildFund Caribbean, Dominica and St Vincent and the Grenadines

Child Helpline, Aruba                              

Child Helpline, Suriname

Childline, Trinidad and Tobago                                 

Children’s Coalition of Jamaica (including Child Helpline), Jamaica

Cornerstone Foundation, Belize       

Credo Foundation for Justice, Trinidad and Tobago  

Defensores PROCDN, Puerto Rico                                                     

Family & Law Institute, Suriname   

Foundation for Human Development (BKO), Suriname

Forward Guyana, Guyana

Grenada Human Rights Association Inc, Grenada

Guyana Human Rights Association, Guyana  

Guyana Red Cross

Help and Shelter, Guyana                                                      

Help for Progress, Belize                                                       

HRCB (Human Rights Commission of Belize - NGO), Belize             

Jamaicans for Justice, Jamaica

Mariama Children's Museum and Teen Turf, Trinidad and Tobago

NCFC (National Committee for Families and Children), Belize

Network of Rural Women Producers (NRWPTT), Trinidad and Tobago

NOPCAN (National Organisation for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect), Belize

Organisatie voor Gerechtigheid en Vrede (Organization for Justice and Peace), Suriname

PAREDOS (Parent Education for Development in Barbados), Barbados                  

Parenting Partners Caribbean, Jamaica                                

Random Acts of Good Deeds, Trinidad and Tobago

Red Thread, Guyana                                                              

REDLAMYC  (Red latinoamericana y caribeña por la defensa de los derechos de los niños, niñas y adolescentes), based in Uruguay                                                       

Rezo Aba Sistem Reskivek Haiti (ASR Haiti), Haiti

RISE (St Lucia) Inc, St Lucia                                        

Saba Health Care Foundation, Saba    

SIFMA (Training and resource centre for early childhood care and education), Curacao 

SMC (Community and Crime) Research Foundation, Aruba

Stichting Kinderbescherming (Child Protection Foundation; including Child Helpline), Curaçao 

Stichting Fundacion Respeta Mi (Foundation against child abuse), Aruba 

Sunshine Early Stimulation Trust, Barbados 

The ALDET Centre-Saint Lucia, St Lucia

The Child Development and Guidance Centre, St Lucia   

The Mothers' Union in the Diocese of Guyana                                 

The Mothers’ Union in the Province of the West Indies

The Social Centre, Dominica   

Tipa Tipa, Haiti

Trinidad and Tobago Coalition for the Rights of the Child               

Trinidad and Tobago Coalition against Domestic Violence              

WIN Belize (Women’s Issues Network), Belize

Women’s Rights Center, Suriname  

YMCA of Trinidad and Tobago 

YES (Youth Enhancement Services), Belize