Monday, 31 May 2010

Trinidad and Tobago: Rights & Freedoms

A: I always hear people talking about their rights, where can I find a list of this?

Q: As with many countries, your rights as a citizen can be found in that country's Constitution. It's no different with Trinidad and Tobago, and your rights can be found in Section 4 of the Trinidad and Tobago Constitution.


It is hereby recognised and declared that in Trinidad and Tobago there
have existed and shall continue to exist, without discrimination by reason of
race, origin, colour, religion or sex, the following fundamental human rights
and freedoms, namely–

(a) the right of the individual to life, liberty, security of the person
and enjoyment of property and the right not to be deprived
thereof except by due process of law

(b) the right of the individual to equality before the law and the
protection of the law

(c) the right of the individual to respect for his private and family
life

(d) the right of the individual to equality of treatment from any
public authority in the exercise of any functions

(e) the right to join political parties and to express political views

(f) the right of a parent or guardian to provide a school of his own
choice for the education of his child or ward

(g) freedom of movement

(h) freedom of conscience and religious belief and observance

(i) freedom of thought and expression

(j) freedom of association and assembly

(k) freedom of the press

30 comments:

  1. are there any more rights of a citizen of T+T?

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  2. i am a long term guest at a guesthouse on the cove estate in tobago ,the landlord frequently intrude in our privacy from sometimes also the entrance and exit doors cannot be locked and secured properly, anyone can pick the locks from the outside also he questions us why do we have the air condition on .are the laws to protect me and my family rights to privacy?

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  3. is it right for police officers to strip you down to your underwear in the public, where a road block is being conducted

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  4. is it right for Rio Claro police officers to abuse law abiding citizen on there way to work using obscene language and saying we have no rights

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    1. I think you already know the answer to that question.

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  5. What name would I sue or defend these Constitutional protected rights?

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  6. hi is this all the rights???

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  7. there are more rights

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  8. If someone is accused of murder and gun charges but dont have any witness or weapon and the judge summons the officer to court but hes a no show because lack of evidence can you call for a speedy trial?

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    1. You should retain a Lawyer to advise you...

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  9. I was employed at a Private company for two years and more. I had dispute with the manager of the company. He had cursed me and decided to send me home for the day. I followed his orders and I had leave the building. Before I did, I headed to the Director's office and explained the ordeal to him. Four days after the incident, I was called into the Director's office and the manager was seated there also. The Director told me the incident what had happen between the manager and I, that I stated a false report on him. He then said he had to end my services from this moment. I then asked if I will be paid off for my services. His response was No. Am I suppose to be paid off?

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    1. Hi goodnight so I have been employed at a private sector since January 24th 2014 and got pregnant July 28th 2015. I am a hourly paid worker and my questions are when counting 150 daday do you check off days as well and also am I entitled to paid maternity leave from my employer?

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    2. Yes, you are entitled to paid maternity leave.

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  10. I work at a location that has started to use xray equipment which shows what is under your clothing including your private parts. Is this legal and what law applies?

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  11. What's the charge for finding a phone in the road

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  12. Can you be charge for for finding item in a drain in Scarborough

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  13. is it legal for a teacher to search my personal belongings (bags and so on) out of suspicion? and do i have the right to deny access and not face any sanctions? and also will I be able to press charges against said teacher if the teacher continues without my consent and found nothing?

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  14. ok well lets say. people in my class make a joke about me being a drug dealer and weeks pass and it escalates to a teachers asking to search my bag for drugs.after me denying access to said bag, the teacher threatens to suspend me and forces me to hand over the bag and searches it only to find nothing. then later on bring me to get searched.(pat down and empty pockets/shoes) keep in mind i am 14 years old and in form 4. can i press charges against the teacher or school?

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  15. Do we have freedom of speech in Trinidad and Tobago and if so what does that really mean?

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    1. Free speech in theory; not in practice. Various legislation infringe this right and the Eric Williams Constitution entrenched the unconstitutionality.

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  16. But what about the freedom of thought and speech ???

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  17. Hi OK I have this friend she started having sex with her stepfather when she was 12 yrs old made a baby for him when she was 16 and he's forty years old but she also happens to love him will he get charged and if he does how much years will he get.

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    1. He should be charged and prosecuted. I hope he gets the death penalty.

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  18. If I am 18 and my girlfriend is 15 and we been dating since I was 16 n she was 13 can I still be charge with statutory rape??

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  19. I'm 18 and I want to leave my mothers house because she limits me I don't want to be disrespectful because that not me to do that but I'm stressed can't take anymore and I'm doing things that isn't my responsibility what can I do

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