- Location of case in SG report
- Relevant SG report
- Year of the report
- From Country
- Country Geolocation
- Country Geolocation (linked Countries)
- The Bahamas
- Latin America and the Caribbean
- UN body that raised the case prior to the SG report
- UN Treaty Bodies: CEDAW
- Dates of prior UN action
- 30 May 2019
- Type of record
- Named individual
- Was the victim a foreign national?
- Was the victim a minor?
- Individual's/organization's activity
from Equality Bahamas working on women’s rights and gender-based violence
- Type of rights defended
- Women’s rights
- Was the victim a civil servant, member of the security forces or of the judiciary?
- Reported trigger of reprisal
engaged with the Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in the context of the review of Bahamas. Equality Bahamas submitted a public alternative report to CEDAW and Ms. Wallace travelled to Geneva to deliver an oral statement during the CEDAW session on 24 October 2019.
- Engagement with UN body
- UN Treaty Bodies: CEDAW
- Dates of engagement
- October 2018; 24 October 2019
- Type of attempted engagement
- Participation in meeting on UN premises
- Submission of information to UN
- Dates of mentioned reprisals
- In the days following 24 October 2019
- Reprisal information
Ms. Wallace’s statement was reportedly echoed in local newspapers and was read aloud by the host of a popular radio talk show, Freedom March. During the radio show, the host made disparaging comments about CEDAW, and about Ms. Wallace and her colleagues, including related to their engagement with the UN. The host reportedly displayed pictures of Ms. Wallace and her colleagues and criticized their advocacy. This episode reportedly worsened an already hostile environment for Ms. Wallace, who in 2014 had received death threats on Facebook in connection to her work on violence against women.
- Types of reprisals suffered
- Defamation / Defamation campaign
- Online harassment
- Threats/Intimidations (incl. "fear of reprisal")
- Alleged/likely perpetrators
- Non-state actor(s)
- Was the reprisal based on new legislation?
- Does the report make general comment about country’s environment for engagement with UN?
- Government response dates
- 22 June 2019
- Government response content
the Government responded and noted that, upon receipt of the allegations, the relevant authorities started an investigation, contacted Ms. Wallace to obtain more information about her situation, and offered her assistance through the Gender Based Violence Specialist, Department of Gender and Family Affairs. The Government expressed concern about the allegations stating that it will seek to protect the rights and safety of women defenders in the country.
- Is the country cited for a "pattern of reprisal" in the context of this case?
- Is a pattern of reprisals mentioned otherwise in the context of this case?
- Does the report cite "self-censorship" as an issue in the context of this case?
- How many times has the case been followed up in subsequent SG reports?