Punishment in Trinidad and Tobago (2003-2004)
HLS Student Advocates, together with the Brazilian NGO, Global
Justice Center, filed an amicus
curiae brief in support of the petition of the Inter-American
Commission on Human Rights arguing that Trinidad and Tobago's use
of lashes with a “cat-o-nine tails” constitutes illegally
proscribed torture. HLS Advocates and the Global Justice Center
partnered with the law firm of Latham
& Watkins LLP on this brief, submitted in Caesar v. The
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, pending before the Court.
The brief argues that flogging with a cat-o-nine
tails – a plaited rope made of nine knotted thongs of cotton
cord approximately 30 inches long – standing alone or with
other abuses suffered, constitutes “torture” under the
American Convention on Human Rights and other international law.
The brief also agued in support of the jurisdiction of the Inter-American
Court of Human Rights, which Trinidad and Tobago disputes.
here for a pdf version of the report.