What is Justice?

Justice is a concept of moral rightness based ethics, rationality, law, natural law, religion, equity and fairness, as well as the administration of the law, taking into account the inalienable and inborn rights of all human beings and citizens, the right of all people and individuals to equal protection before the law of their civil rights, without discrimination on the basis of race, gender, national origin, color, ethnicity, religion, disability, age, wealth, etc.
In a nutshell, Justice can be descried as "fair behaviour or treatment" or "when one gets what one deserves."

The meaning of Injustice:

Injustice can be described as being the lack of justice, or lack of fairness. Injustice is the opposite of Justice. The term generally refers to misuse, abuse or neglect that is uncorrected or allowed by a legal system or fellow human beings.

Rights/Freedoms of Citizens in Trinidad & Tobago:

The Republican constitution of Trinidad and Tobago gives us certain rights/freedoms because we are a democratic nation. Some of these rights/freedoms are listed below. (See page 75 of the Form 2 text book.)

Citizens of Trinidad & Tobago have the right to:

  • Equal opportunity to education.
  • Receive necessary housing, healthcare and nutrition.
  • Opportunity to enjoy recreational facilities. (e.g. parks, savannahs, national stadiums, etc.)
  • Own and enjoy ownership of their property (e.g. house, car, laptop, etc.) without fear of it being taken away/stolen by criminals.
  • Worship according to their beliefs or religion.
  • Associate with others or assemble into groups.
  • Express their thoughts, ideas and opinions (within reason).
  • Be recognized whether physically or mentally handicapped.
  • Be treated equally before the law.
  • Respect the rights and freedoms of others regardless of race or gender.

Examples of Social Justice and Injustice:

Progress of the World's Women: In Pursuit of Justice

Spiritual Shouter Baptist Liberation

Click HERE to read about how and why we now celebrate Spiritual Shouter Baptist Liberation Day every year on March 30th.