Invitation for Written Submissions – JSC Human Rights, Equality and Diversity

Inquiry into the Human Rights of Remandees
at Remand Yard Prison

The above-named Committee has commenced an inquiry into the Human Rights of Inmates at Remand Yard Prison.
The Committee is therefore inviting former/current remandees and interested persons to submit written comments/suggestions related to the following objectives of the inquiry:
  1. To determine the treatment of the remandees in Remand Yard Prison;
  2. To examine the physical conditions of the facilities at Remand Yard Prison;
  3. To evaluate the implementation of recommendations with respect to inmates conditions at Remand Yard Prison within the following Reports:
    1. 2002 Final Report of the Cabinet Appointed Task Force on Prison Reform ; and
    2. 2013 Special Prisons Committee Report 
Written submissions should be addressed to the Secretary to the Committee as stated below or can be forwarded via email to
The Secretary
Joint Select Committee on Human Rights, Equality and Diversity
Office of the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago
Levels G-9, Tower D
International Waterfront Centre
1A Wrightson Road

There are four (4) basic principles that should be observed when making submissions in relation to an inquiry:
  • Relevance – Your submission must be relevant to the matter before the Committee. A Committee cannot give consideration to a submission which is not relevant to its objectives.
  • Clarity – A clear and logically developed argument should be presented. A submission that jumps from one issue to another or that contains convoluted information will confuse Members and decrease its impact.
  • Conciseness – Be simple and direct. Do not write more than is necessary. Committees cannot fully consider overly long submissions. Be crisp in the presentation of your views and the reasoning that supports your view.
  • Accuracy – Be accurate and complete. Include supporting material for all references made in your submission. Ensure that your content is factual. 
Your submission should contain your name and address or the name and address of the association or organization making the submission. Include a brief introduction of the persons or organizations submitting evidence with details of their qualifications and expertise.
In addition to the guidelines outlined above, a written submission should:
  • contain an Executive Summary to facilitate ease of reading;
  • include any recommendations for action by the government or other entities, which the witness would like the Committee to consider; and
  • be submitted in both paper and electronic form.
Submissions should not, however: 
  • consist mainly of material already published elsewhere, although such material can be properly referenced or attached to the submission;
  • include comments on matters currently before a court of law or matters in respect of which court proceedings are imminent; or
  • contain irrelevant and unjustified allegations.