Human Rights Advocate Mary Francis has called on the Philip J. Pierre administration to repeal the 2.5 percent Health & Citizen Security Levy.
The levy will raise additional revenue to finance health and security projects to benefit Saint Lucians and visitors.
However, Mary Francis told St. Lucia Times the measure represents a great human rights breach.
The outspoken Attorney at Law explained that the levy affects the right to an adequate standard of living.
“This is the wrong timing. We are just coming from COVID where there is a depressed economy,” the National Centre for Legal Aid and Human Rights Coordinator observed.
Francis told St. Lucia Times that people are not working and facing many challenges.
She declared it was not the right time to add to those challenges.
“Government should repeal this piece of legislation to ensure that persons are better able to have an adequate standard of living, which is a right under the Covenant for Social and Economic Rights,” Francis noted.
Francis told St. Lucia Times that an inadequate standard of living affects the right to life, in addition to someone’s housing and health.
“The government should be a lot more conscientious in terms of its obligation to ensure that Saint Lucians respect and observe human rights,” she stated.
In addition, Francis called on citizens to stand up for human rights to ensure dignity, justice, and freedom.