Hu­man rights at­tor­ney Jodi-Ann Quar­rie is Ja­maica’s new­est UN fel­low

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Paul.clarke@glean­erjm.com

IN­TER­NA­TIONAL HU­MAN rights at­tor­ney and host of the ‘Morn­ing Agenda’ on Power 106 FM Jodi-Ann Quar­rie has been named one of the 2018 United Na­tions fel­lows for peo­ple of African de­scent.

The Of­fice of the United Na­tions High Com­mis­sioner for hu­man rights se­lected Quar­rie along with 13 other ap­pli­cants from across the world in Au­gust.

“I am amazed, and at the same time ab­so­lutely pleased that I was se­lected to be part of this pres­ti­gious fel­low­ship. It is one thing to want it and an­other thing to be se­lected from so many amaz­ing peo­ple,” Quar­rie said.

She will leave on Novem­ber 17 for the UN head­quar­ters in Geneva, Switzer­land, where she will take part in three weeks of in­ten­sive train­ing. She re­turns on De­cem­ber 8.

“At the end of the day, my job is to share what I know and help my coun­try and my re­gion grow. I’m so ex­cited to have this op­por­tu­nity,” she said.

A fel­low­ship in the UN sys­tem is a spe­cially tai­lored or se­lected train­ing ac­tiv­ity that pro­vides a mon­e­tary grant to qual­i­fied in­di­vid­u­als for the pur­pose of ful­fill­ing spe­cial learn­ing ob­jec­tives.

Fel­lows have been se­lected from all across the world, with per­sons from Zam­bia, Colom­bia, Brazil, Bu­rundi, Canada, Nige­ria, and the United States all part of the 2018 co­hort. Quar­rie is, how­ever, the only rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the Caribbean.

Quar­rie was the first CARICOM woman to re­ceive the pres­ti­gious Romulo Gal­le­gos Fel­low­ship at the In­terAmer­i­can Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights in 2015. Two years later, she be­came the first English-speak­ing Caribbean at­tor­ney to hold an LLM in In­ter­na­tional Hu­man Rights Law from the Univer­sity of Notre Dame.

This UN Fel­low­ship, how­ever, ful­filled a dream. She told The Gleaner that Caribbean hu­man rights lawyers don’t use the in­ter­na­tional sys­tems as much as they could be­cause they are un­aware of how they work.

“My job is to get ac­cess to places like the UN so I can learn how those mech­a­nisms to pro­tect hu­man rights can work to pro­tect Jamaicans and oth­ers in the re­gion,” said Quar­rie.

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