CARICOM STATEMENT ON THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA ISSUED BY THE TWENTY-SECOND INTER-SESSIONAL MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM), 25-26 FEBRUARY 2011, ST. GEORGE'S, GRENADA

 

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) observes, with grave concern, the recent developments in the Middle East and North Africa, which have been sparked by the desire of the people of that Region for change. The Community expresses deep regret at the loss of life during the peaceful demonstrations.

The Caribbean Community promotes and encourages the adherence to democratic principles, good governance, the rule of law and the protection of human rights. The Community reiterates its endorsement of the principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and therefore condemns the use of violence against people who are protesting peacefully.

The deep desire of the people of that Region to have greater political and economic involvement in their countries’ future is evident through their sustained peaceful protests. The Community calls for an immediate end to the violence and looks forward to a resolution of the situation through dialogue and actions which would allow the free exercise of the fundamental human rights by the people of that Region.
 

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