ABSTRACT

The Caribbean, like regions elsewhere, is caught in what has been called democracy's global "Third Wave." In this volume, contributors examine the nature of democratization in the region together with its affiliate, human rights. The aim is to extend the analysis and debates beyond political democracy and civil and political rights to consider also economic democracy and economic and social rights. Early chapters address issues and dilemmas common to the democracy and human rights landscape throughout the region. In particular, economic crisis, drug trafficking, and political instability continue to threaten the region's very healthy democracy human rights profiles. Next, contributors consider how the form of Caribbean democracy and the status of human rights have been influenced by foreign actors and external developments. Particular attention is paid to the role of the Organization of American States, the United Nations, nongovernmental organizations, and international law. Because the democracy and human rights challenges and dynamics vary across countries, the work also offers extensive single-country assessments.

chapter 1|11 pages

Introduction: Democracy and Human Rights in the Caribbean

ByIvelaw L. Griffith, Betty N. Sedoc-Dahlberg

part A|82 pages

International Dimensions and Common Problems

chapter 2|16 pages

International Law and Human Rights: A Caribbean Context

ByAnselm A. Francis

chapter 3|20 pages

The OAS and Human Rights in the Caribbean

ByDavid J. Padilla, Elizabeth A. Houppert

chapter 5|21 pages

Drugs and Democratic Governance in the Caribbean

ByIvelaw L. Griffith, Trevor Munroc

part B|161 pages

Case Studies

chapter 6|16 pages

Democracy and Human Rights: The Case of Cuba

ByDamian J. Fernandez

chapter 7|25 pages

Democracy and Human Rights in the Dominican Republic

ByLarman C. Wilson

chapter 8|18 pages

Human Rights in the Eastern Caribbean

ByFrancis Alexis

chapter 9|17 pages

Democracy and Human Rights in Guyana

ByIvelaw L. Griffith

chapter 10|20 pages

Democracy and Human Rights in Haiti

ByRobert E. Maguire

chapter 11|19 pages

Globalization, Structural Adjustment, and Democracy in Jamaica

ByDorith Grant-Wisdom

chapter 12|18 pages

Democracy and Human Rights in Suriname

ByBetty N. Sedoc-Dahlberg

chapter 13|17 pages

Human Rights and State Security in Trinidad and Tobago

ByClifford E. Griffin

chapter 14|9 pages

Conclusion: Democracy and Human Rights at the Century’s End

ByIvelaw L. Griffith, Betty N. Sedoc-Dahlberg