Senior lawyer outlines areas of concern in Constitution

Queen’s Counsel Garth Patterson wants the newly installed Constitutional Reform Committee to initiate public discourse on social and political areas of the Constitution.

They include the right to vote, property rights, the uncertainty surrounding the capital punishment of hanging as well as the now topical abortion rights which Patterson said are serious social and political matters that require public feedback and a strengthening of the relevant laws.

He has been writing extensively on Barbados’ new republic status since it became a reality last year.

Following the announcement of the committee chaired by retired justice Christopher Blackman, Patterson outlined a number of areas to the Sunday Sun including the broadening and strengthening of anti-discrimination provisions to allow right of action against individuals and companies.

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