Human Affairs Department To Close On March 31

March 29, 2016

The Department of Human Affairs will be closed permanently with effect from 31st March, and from April 1st 2016 the Human Rights Commission will no longer be an administrative arm of the Department of Human Affairs but will have the status of a Non-Ministry Department.

A spokesperson said, “The Ministry of Community, Culture and Sports wishes to inform the public that the Department of Human Affairs will be closed permanently with effect from 31st March 2016.

“The decision to discontinue operating the Department was taken following a structural review of the Department in 2015 which also recommended that the Human Rights Commission transition to a non-Ministry Department to provide an arm’s length relationship from Government.

“Thus, from April 1st 2016 the Human Rights Commission will no longer be an administrative arm of the Department of Human Affairs but will have the status of a Non-Ministry Department.

“With the dissolution of the Department of Human Affairs effective 31st March 2016, the administration and policy development functions of the Department will be absorbed into the Ministry of Community, Culture and Sports Headquarters.

“These functions relate to research, policy development and policy advice on a diverse range of topics including human rights, race relations and gender affairs.

“This transition will ensure that policy development, monitoring of compliance with relevant legislation and international conventions as it relates to human rights, race and gender affairs will continue.

“One of the two remaining staff positions in the Department, the Policy Analyst/Research Coordinator, has been transferred to the Ministry Headquarters and reports directly to the Permanent Secretary whilst the Administrative Officer position is being transferred to the Human Rights Commission.

“These changes will provide operational cost savings including rent, electricity and supplies.”

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  1. Lets hope the Unions don’t have any say here…:-(

    • RAYMOND RAY: There are Bermudians who are not treated respectfully in their places of employment.To be UNIONIZED is a healthy piece in many lives.
      Do you work in a place where all is well and everyone is treated equally? Are you treated respectfully, Raymond Ray??

      • Coffee says:

        Why , Raymond , would this be a union issue ?

        Every time you speak of the union , it colors parasitical ! Some people are ultimate parasites , living off of the largess of others , not so the union or any of its members ….. Get a friggin life RR !

      • Fortunately, I’m retired and living overseas…Now, as for them that are employed by “people that don’t respect them” the Unions cause closures of business that many depend on and rely on to get them to and fro, (either to school/s or job/s. Unions are a sheep in wolves clothing :-(
        Do you honestly feel it’s justifiable shutting the Island down when respectful, “people” can sit down and negotiate these matters?

    • Bob says:

      You enjoy many of the benefits that you receive today as a result of the effiorts and sacrifices made by union members and activists.

      Yes, the very same groups that you abhor.

  2. Jus' Askin' says:

    …. :-(

  3. The first step towards saving money. The government must attempt to save $90 million dollars through low job productivity, duplication of services, and waste. Only Bob can do it.

  4. Tired says:

    SAD….WHAT NEXT!,,

  5. Bob says:

    What is the % of work permit holders employed by The Bermudians Govt?

    Given the apparent need to greatly reduce government payroll, surely we must look at work permit holders first. Surely!!.