The “utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist” neocolonialist, imperialist , anti-free speech, thought policy Gaystapo may have bitten off more than it can chew in Jamaica

 

An  online  petition

Cry  Havoc ! 

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/uwi-vice-chancellor-apologise-for-unjustly-dismissing-professor-bain?recruiter=99037035&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=petition_invitation#
Jamaicans and other citizen stakeholders are very disappointed that the Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies unjustly dismissed Professor Brendan Bain as the Head of the Caribbean HIV Aids Regional Training Network (C.H.A.R.T.) and we therefore demand a public apology. Empirical scientific research and confident researchers are too important in the fight against HIV/AIDS to have them threatened and dismissed because of the political ideologies of a few interest groups.

Regardless of your religious, moral, or political beliefs, we can all agree that it is wrong to dismiss an expert for giving an expert’s report to a Court of Law.

 

Professional groups which have defended Professor Bain so far:

Medical Association of Jamaica: “The MAJ is disappointed that one of the pioneers in the diagnosis and treatment of HIV/AIDS is no longer leading CHART. We want to encourage everyone, all stakeholders, to focus on HIV/AIDS and not against each other.”

Human Resource Management Authority of Jamaica: Concerned that the UWI failed to outline guidelines which Professor Bain breached which justify his dismissal.

 

Summary of the Issue

Professor Brendan Bain is a retired UWI professor and world renowned expert on the research, treatment, and public policy related to HIV/AIDS. After a career of service for over 25 years, Bain was fired by the Vice Chancellor as head of C.H.A.R.T, the CARICOM response entity for HIV/AIDS across the region with one year remaining on his contract.
He was wrongfully dismissed on the basis of an Expert Report he submitted to the Belizean High Court, after certain interest groups falsely claimed that he made legal recommendations concerning the buggery laws in Belize. However he did not make any recommendations concerning the buggery laws. His report only detailed medical research on the HIV/AIDS risk which is not in dispute. Specifically, he pointed out objective fact that “there was higher relative risk of contracting HIV by men who have sex with men in Belize”. This fact has been acknowledged by all international health organisations and interest groups and is the basis for the increased allocation of resources to stem the spread of HIV amongst men who have sex with men. He was unfairly dismissed because of the political motives of a few interest groups, and objective scientific study and research has been suppressed because of the unwillingness of the Vice Chancellor to act in the interests of the wider public and citizen stakeholders.

Protests have begun at the University of the West Indies by medical professionals, students, researchers, lecturers and other citizen stakeholders who are deeply concerned about the threat to academic integrity at the University of the West Indies, and a fear that the UWI and C.H.A.R.T. programme will cater only to the limited interests of a few outspoken groups rather than the wider public and all citizen stakeholders.

Observer Article on the issue

Gleaner retraction for publishing false information

UWI Press Release announcing the dismissal

We can make a difference by standing up for justice, for public policy guided by science, and for the freedom of our doctors and researchers.
Professor Bain’s Expertise

Professor Bain is one of the pioneers in Clinical Infectious Disease practice in the Caribbean and is a leading medical authority on the HIV epidemic in the Caribbean. He obtained his undergraduate degrees and post-graduate training in Internal Medicine from the UWI. He studied and conducted research in Infectious Diseases at St. George’s Hospital Medical School as a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow. He holds a Diploma in Medical Education from the University of Dundee, Scotland and a Masters Degree in Public Health summa cum laude from Boston University, USA. He has published over 30 papers in peer-reviewed medical journals and is co-author of the book, Education and HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean published by UNESCO. He is a retired professor of Community Health in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the Mona campus at UWI in Jamaica, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of International Health at Boston University School of Public Health.

He has been heavily involved in efforts in HIV/AIDS research and treatment for the Government of Jamaica, Pan American Health Organisation, C.H.A.R.T. and several international initiatives to combat HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases. He has been awarded by the Medical Association of Jamaica for outstanding leadership, and twice by the National AIDS Committee of Jamaica for his exemplary service.
5 Main reasons why the dismissal was unjust

1. Professor Bain did nothing wrong

The interest groups which called for his dismissal did not cite any objective evidence that Professor Bain did anything wrong. In fact, they were wrong in inferring that he made any recommendations concerning the buggery laws when Professor Bain’s Affidavit said no such thing. The release by the UWI did not justify the dismissal apart from saying that the interest groups lost confidence. There was no conflict of interest as Professor Bain at all times carried out his duties as a medical doctor and acted in the best interests of all citizen stakeholders by presenting empirical scientific research. It is unjust to dismiss Professor Bain without providing lawful reasons as justification. The dismissal has denied him his Constitutional rights, his duty to the Court to provide an expert opinion, his human dignity, and tarnished his reputation by suggesting that he did something wrong when he did not.
2. There are no legitimate reasons to lose confidence in Professor Bain

As citizen stakeholders we have not lost confidence in Professor Bain and would like to see him continue his objective research and openness concerning HIV/AIDS research and treatment. The interest groups that expressed that they lost confidence presented no facts to substantiate their position. In fact, it is clear that Professor Bain did not make any recommendations that are contrary to their political positions and therefore the loss of confidence is misguided and baseless. Professor Bain’s affidavit referenced undisputed research that has not been contradicted by the UN, PAHO or any international health body. He should not be fired solely because limited interest groups wrongly feel that Professor Bain should not have brought the attention of a Court of Law to that research. The Vice Chancellor should be bold in defending the interests of all citizen stakeholders by using empirical evidence and honest conclusions to decide the future of Professor Bain. Instead he caved to pressure from certain interest groups instead of correcting their misguided assertions.

3. Limits our access to all scientific research and information related to HIV/AIDS

Scientific research should not be suppressed for political reasons. As citizen stakeholders we have an interest in receiving a balanced view of the medical and scientific research concerning HIV/AIDS. We do not want such research to be suppressed, or for the doctors and scientists who conduct such research to feel threatened or compelled to act for political interests rather than in our best interests. This dismissal sends a frightening signal that the Vice Chancellor and C.H.A.R.T are more interested in catering to the political goals of certain limited interest groups when we want them to be interested in factual research. As citizen stakeholders we find this unacceptable.

4. Prevents medical experts and research professionals from carrying out their mandates

Medical professionals and research experts have the mandate to carry out and report on the conclusions of scientific research without political interference. This is extremely important in order for us to make informed medical decisions and public policy decisions. The dismissal threatens the freedom of such experts, and several groups including the Medical Association of Jamaica have already expressed their concern. As citizen stakeholders we think it is very important for our doctors and researchers to have the freedom to research and make decisions without influence or pressure due to political ideologies.

5. The Vice Chancellor failed in his duty to uphold justice and act in the broader interests of the public

The Vice Chancellor of the UWI, with authority to hire and fire the Director of C.H.A.R.T. has the responsibility to act in the interests of the broader Caribbean society and in the interests of the researchers and medical experts that serve the region. All citizen stakeholders deserve access to empirical research The Vice Chancellor failed in his duty to be guided primarily by that duty, and instead surrendered to the unjustified pressure of a few interest groups.

 

CITIZEN STAKEHOLDERS are concerned about the following:

1. We do not want scientific research to be suppressed for political reasons

2. We do not want medical experts and researchers to be bullied and silenced for political reasons

3. We are concerned that the Vice Chancellor has used C.H.A.R.T to put political interests over medical and public policy interests

4. We have not lost confidence in Professor Bain and view any loss of confidence as unjustified

5. Regardless of your moral or political ideologies, the dismissal of an expert for giving an expert opinion is wrong

6. We are concerned that this is the beginning of more bullying of medical experts, scientists and UWI lecturers who conduct research

7. We are concerned that the VC is unable or unwilling to make independent decisions concerning C.H.A.R.T in the broad interest of all citizen stakeholders

8. We do not want the academic environment at UWI to transform into one of conformity to certain political ideologies

9. We are not confident after the unfair dismissal that UWI will remain a center for open and objective scientific research

10. Professor Bain did not falsify information, or present disputed studies so there was no basis for dismissing his Affidavit and firing him

 

What we want

We demand that the Vice Chancellor issue a public apology to Professor Brendan Bain and to all Citizen Stakeholders, specifically addressing the following:

1. Acknowledge that the dismissal was not based on anything Professor Bain did or did not do, but solely on the basis of pressure from certain interest groups to have him removed.

2. Acknowledge the role and importance of citizen stakeholders, separate and apart from the limited interest groups that have been referenced by the UWI thus far, and reaffirm the commitment of C.H.A.R.T. and the University of the West Indies to their broader interests.

3. Respectfully and publicly affirm the professionalism and expertise with which Professor Bain has carried out his job as Director of C.H.A.R.T., as a Professor of the University of the West Indies, as medical practitioner and researcher, and restore his dignity in the face of public attack.

4. Correct any assertion or implication that Professor Bain explicitly made any legal recommendations, and that any opinion that he did so is not only speculative, but cannot be justified on the basis of Professor Bain’s Affidavit.

5. Clarify whether any of the actual scientific studies cited by Professor Bain are in dispute and whether the scientific studies he cited are authentic.

6. Address the integrity of the academic process at the University of the West Indies and clarify whether students and academic staff are free to conduct research and publish their findings without the threat of being dismissed due to conflict with a political ideology or certain interest groups

7. Clarify whether students at the University of the West Indies attend an institution where only one political ideology is tolerated, or where only certain interest groups govern the dismissal of academic staff and more generally,

8. Clarify whether objective research and study is encouraged by the Office of the Vice Chancellor.

9. Clarify whether academic staff are permitted to publish or address their own research or cite independent research that may be in conflict with an ideology and whether they will be dismissed for doing so.

10. Clarify whether citizen stakeholders and governments should expect that the public policy suggestions by the UWI and/or C.H.A.R.T. is based on empirical scientific research or based on the political ideologies of certain interest groups.

11. Clarify whether research at the UWI can be empirical and come to objective conclusions, or whether conclusions must be determined by the source/s of funding.

12. Clarify whether medical doctors at the University of the West Indies and at the health centres at the UWI are generally entitled to discourage behaviours which pose a health risk to their patients, and whether they will be dismissed for doing so.

13. Clarify whether C.H.A.R.T. no longer has the mandate to “strengthen healthcare professionals and systems to provide quality HIV prevention, care and treatment and support for all Caribbean people.”

14. Denounce the widely reported “bullying” by certain lobby groups who have sought to use threatening tactics to advance their political ideologies.

To:
Prof. E. Nigel Harris, Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies
Prof. E. Nigel Harris c/o Prof. Archibald McDonald, Principal of the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies
Prof. E. Nigel Harris c/o Anthony Perry, President, WIGUT
Prof. E. Nigel Harris c/o Anthony Perry, President, WIGUT
Prof. E. Nigel Harris, Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies
I am a Citizen Stakeholder in the efforts to address the spread of HIV/AIDS. I believe that the dismissal of Professor Brendan Bain as the Director of C.H.A.R.T. was unjust because:
1. Professor Bain did nothing wrong,
2. there are no legitimate reasons to lose confidence in his leadership,
3. the dismissal limits our access to empirical scientific research and information,
4. the dismissal…
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Reached 1,000 signatures
Jamaica Observer publishes a report on our petition!

Citizen Stakeholder
by Citizen Stakeholder
Petition organiser
In a dramatic show of support for former CHART Director, Professor Brendan Bain, more than 550 people across Jamaica have signed an online petition delivered directly to the email inbox of Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Professor E Nigel Harris, in only a few hours.

The signatures, according to a release by the Citizen Stakeholders, were also sent to the Principal of the UWI Mona Campus, Professor Archibald McDonald, and the President of the West Indies Group of University Teachers (WIGUT) Anthony Perry.

The petition was launched Wednesday night by a diverse group of citizen stakeholders who are primarily UWI lecturers, students, scientists, medical doctors, ordinary citizens, and other interested parties “who are deeply concerned about the dismissal of Professor Bain.

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Hundreds-sign-petition-defending-Prof-Bain
Latest News
Hundreds sign petition defending Prof Bain KINGSTON, Jamaica — In a dramatic show of support for former CHART Director, Professor Brendan Bain, more than 550 people across Jamaica have signed an online petition delivered directly to the email inbox of Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Professor E Nigel Harris, in only a few hours.

Reached 750 signatures
National AIDS Committee “has no problems with Prof Bain” yet flip-flops

Citizen Stakeholder
by Citizen Stakeholder
Petition organiser
The flip flopping continues as groups run out of excuses for why Professor Bain should have been fired. In a release today the National AIDS Committee says, “it takes no issue with, and has no objection to the actual content of the report of Professor Brendan Bain to the Court in Belize”.

They then say, “”there is nothing in that report which is contrary to, or offensive to the work of the National AIDS Committee.”

They also say: “In his report, Professor Bain highlighted for the court that homosexual men were at higher risk of contracting HIV and other sexual transmitted infections… This is the very position of the National AIDS Committee.”

Yet still the National AIDS Committee concludes that Professor Bain, “no longer had the capacity to engage with the target groups and to provide the type of leadership needed.”

How come? Because there is absolutely no justification.

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/National-AIDS-Committee-has-no-problems-with-Prof-Bain
News
National AIDS Committee has no problems with Prof Bain KINGSTON, Jamaica — The National AIDS Committee (NAC) early Thursday issued a statement saying that “it takes no issue with, and has no objection to the actual content of the report of Professor Brendan Bain to the Court in Belize”.

Reached 500 signatures
Clovis on the persecution of Professor Bain

Citizen Stakeholder
by Citizen Stakeholder
Petition organiser
Observer Cartoonist Clovis portrays the “hanging” of Professor Bain by a University giving in to calls for his Crucifixion by certain political lobby groups. Regardless of your religious, moral, or political beliefs, we can all agree that it is wrong to dismiss an expert for giving an expert’s report to a Court of Law. UWI should be a place where objective scientific research is lauded, not met with hate.

Attorney at Law Gordon Robinson defends Professor Bain

Citizen Stakeholder
by Citizen Stakeholder
Petition organiser
UWI, taking this disgraceful action in Caribbean governments’ name, had the gall to put the following in writing: “…The university recognises the right of Professor Bain to provide expert testimony in the manner he did”, yet, unilaterally terminates the gentleman’s sole source of income because “it has become increasingly evident that Professor Bain has lost the confidence and support of a significant sector of the community which CHART is expected to reach …”. What rot! Has one single CHART-trained health-care worker complained about Professor Bain? CHART wasn’t formed to reach lobby groups.

UWI has exposed itself as a cowardly eunuch.

Brendan Bain should be a hero to all people living with HIV/AIDS.

Brendan Bain has been in charge of CHART from its inception in 2003 until now. The programme has recorded monumental successes.”

http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20140521/cleisure/cleisure4.html
Caving in to lobby hijackers
By Gordon Robinson Freedom of expression took a severe body blow yesterday when the University of the West Indies sacked Brendan Bain. Professor Bain’s crime? His expert affidavit was used in a high-profile case in Belize brought by Caleb Orozco, a gay man attempting to strike down Belize’s anti-buggery law.

Reached 250 signatures
Association of Human Resources Professionals defends Professor Bain

Citizen Stakeholder
by Citizen Stakeholder
Petition organiser
The Human resource Management Association of Jamaica says it views with alarm reports regarding the termination of the contract of Professor Brendan Bain.

In a release today the association says it is concerned that the University of the West Indies has used the fact that Professor Bain expressed views which certain groups do not agree with as the basis for his termination.

It says given the fact that organisations generally have guidelines the board of the association says it would have expected the University to properly outline how Professor Bain breached these guidelines.

The association also says it is disappointed by what appears to be the conduct of due process in the media and the haste by a respected employer to disregard the contribution of a long serving employee.

http://jamaica-gleaner.com/latest/article.php?id=53018

Medical Association of Jamaica defends Professor Bain

Citizen Stakeholder
by Citizen Stakeholder
Petition organiser
The Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ) has expressed disappointment over the termination of Professor Brendan Bain as the director of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training (CHART) Network.

Dr Shane Alexis, president of the MAJ, said last night that the MAJ’s discontent over the fracas between the parties involved was based on the shifting of the focus from the prevention of HIV to differences in opinions and individual agendas.

“The MAJ is disappointed that one of the pioneers in the diagnosis and treatment of HIV/AIDS is no longer leading CHART. We want to encourage everyone, all stakeholders, to focus on HIV/AIDS and not against each other,” Alexis told The Gleaner.

http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20140521/lead/lead1.html
UWI boots Bain – Medical group disappointed with professor’s termination
Jermaine Francis, The Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ) has expressed disappointment over the termination of Professor Brendan Bain as the director of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training (CHART) Network.

Reached 25 signatures
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Jason Marshall KINGSTON, JAMAICA about 6 hours ago Liked 1
It has become increasingly evident that freedom of speech is rejected when opinions are uttered about a particular, bafflingly powerful group. How can an institution such as UWI take such a decision against an academic who gave his professional opinion backed up by scientific evidence. Unbelievable! We need a heterosexual group speaking up for our rights

Paula Benda PORTMORE, JAMAICA about 8 hours ago Liked 1
This goes against my civil rights. I can be asked to tell the truth giving testimony from the fact that I am the expert in a particular field and end up being fired because of this, I did not tear down anyone I simply gave the facts and end up without a job. Others must have the right to say what they believe, live how they want but I must not have that same right to say that is just not for me I must accept this or be killed. I am not being dramatic but this is where this is heading. the prof. only gave evidence and told the truth I guess it would have been better for him to tell a lie….. really……this world is turned upside down

jenny singh PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO about 10 hours ago Liked 1
It’s simply unfair ….. It’s an academic report based on research and not on his own assumptions. You cannot treat a Professor like that. The chancellor should’ve known better! Mr. Bain deserves to be reinstated and compensated highly for this!

Yanique Rodgers KINGSTON, JAMAICA about 10 hours ago Liked 1
I read prof Bain’s report that was submitted during the court case and the man never give his personal opinion on the matter at hand. He simply stated facts supported by evidence based research published in Scientifically peer reviewed journals. My question is, if another professional is asked to give expert testimony based on Science, will this person be relived of their professional duties because interest groups think the testimony swayed the case against their cause?

Camille Reid SPANISH TOWN, SAINT CATHERINE PARISH, JAMAICA, JAMAICA about 21 hours ago Liked 1
I AM ENFORCING OUR RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH … if we are punished (fired and stripped of opportunities) then it is NOT freedom!

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