EOC’s First Meeting with the THA (Monday, July 11, 2011)

Monday, July 11, 2011

EOC’s First Meeting with the THA

The Commissioners of the Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC) on the 6th of July 2011 met with the Chief Administrator of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) and other Administrators. It was the first such meeting with the Administrators of the Tobago House of Assembly where the main issue of public education was discussed. The Administrators of the Tobago House of Assembly inquired about the presence of the Office of The Ombudsman in Tobago and the actual role of the Commission. The Commission decided that public meetings will be held in Tobago to discuss, clarify and educate the public about the role and function of the Commission and as it relates to the functions and jurisdiction of other bodies. It was also discussed that the Commission would be seeking to obtain a location in Tobago so that persons seeking to make complaints may be able to do so in Tobago. To date the records reflect that only two complaints of discrimination were filed by Tobagonians. However the Commission was informed by the Administrators that this number was not a true indicator as to the lack of discrimination matters in Tobago but rather it was a reflection of the lack of public knowledge and education as it related to the purposes and scope of the Equal Opportunity Act 2000. The commission will be embarking on a public education drive throughout Trinidad and Tobago commencing in July 2011.

The primary task of the Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC) is to oversee the implementation of the Equal Opportunity Act No. 69 of 2000, which prohibits certain kinds of discrimination and seeks to promote equal opportunity among all citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.