Turks and Caicos Islands IDAHO Report 2012

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In marking IDAHO 2012, Governor Ric Todd announced that the laws of the Turks and Caicos Islands would be reviewed for any that discriminate against people based on their sexuality, and a diversity policy would be implemented to prevent discrimination in the public service.
The 2011 Constitution “is specific that there should not be discrimination based on ‘sexual orientation, birth or other status’,” he said. “That is why I am today announcing three initiatives:
- That there will be a review of TCI legislation to ensure that it is non-discriminatory on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity;
- That the TCI government will develop and introduce a “diversity policy” as part of the ongoing reform of public sector human resources and staff management. This will set a standard for all managers and employees, and will be designed to ensure fair treatment for all staff and a zero tolerance for bullying; and
- That the government will launch a consultation on the age of consent in the Turks and Caicos Islands as a step towards ensuring that we take the right action needed to comply with both our legal obligations under the European Convention of Human Rights, and the incoming 2011 TCI Constitution.

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