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CARICOM Leaders Condemn Violent, Anti-Social Music


Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders who met in Guyana this week have condemned violent, anti-social music, especially targeting young people.

At the same time, the leaders reaffirmed the right to freedom of expression and public speech.

“CARICOM Heads of Government strongly condemned the development, presence, tolerance, or acceptance of violent, anti-social music and social media content that denigrate women and encourage or promote or support the use of violence, guns, and other anti-social behaviour, particularly targeted to our youth,” the leaders said in a statement.

They also reiterated their firm commitment to the principles in the Declaration on Crime and Violence as a Public Health Safety Issue and to implement the actions therein.

The Declaration emerged following the inaugural symposium on Crime and Violence as a Public Health Safety Issue in Trinidad and Tobago on April 17-18, 2023.

At their summit this week in Guyana, the CARICOM Heads of Government affirmed their support for engaging with young people in the creative economy.

The leaders intend to help develop, support, and spread positive content across the region to offset the negative impact of anti-social, violent, and criminal behavior, which some elements promote and support.

The CARICOM Heads noted the ‘serious, significant and chronic negative developmental impact’ crime and violence were having on Member States.

As a result, they committed to working with all sectors, including civil society and the churches, to implement all of the measures set out in the Declaration on Crime and Violence as a Public Health Safety Issue.

“CARICOM Heads of Government remain committed to maintaining this Region as a zone of domestic peace and safety to ensure the preservation of our Caribbean civilisation,” the leaders declared.

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  1. I say those leaders focusing on d wrong target
    Their focus should be on the play station games
    Which almost every youngster play with it’s violent combat contents, then move on to the violent action movies on Netflix and other channels where the imputation of come from .

  2. What do you mean most youngsters play PlayStation games ? I do not think that is an accurate statement to make about our society. The ministers should rightfully ban sexual assault and gang/murder music in public. Al lot of these artists are criminals themselves and when you listen to their music you are supporting their activities. Artist should be persuaded to make positive content instead.

  3. Unfortunately the leaders have no tools in their Toolboxes, and I doubt that they understand the other side of any coin . vision and cluelessness.

  4. Meanwhile it blasting it every corner around St. Lucia. Your child have no choice but to be indoctrinated by it because laws aren’t enforced.

  5. Here’s an idea. How about treating music like second hand smoke? Feel free to enjoy whatever destructive crap you wish but it must stay within the confines of your location/vehicle. Should not bother anyone else.


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