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Letter: Something needs to be done to eradicate abuse of citizens in Barbados
Published on May 24, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

"Amnesty International in Canada is citing allegations of police brutality of two robbery suspects to ring alarm bells about the possible existence of torture in Barbados. And the global human rights body is urging Canadians to flood Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs Adriel Brathwaite, Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith and High Commissioner in Canada Evelyn Greaves with letters, emails and faxes insisting on a probe into claims made by Adrian Mottley and Jamar Headley that they were beaten and injured by cops, denied access to their own attorney, and each forced to sign a confession at Hastings Police Station in Christ Church in March after they had voluntarily turned themselves in."

I have no doubt that this will hurt our tourism in Barbados. Canada is one of our better visitor markets. The thing is that this sort of thing raises its ugly head very often in Barbados and no serious investigation is ever done by the authorities. They all hope that it would just blow over. So I am not surprised that "...when contacted yesterday, (Attorney General) Brathwaite... was not aware of any investigation by local authorities into the allegations."

From past incidents, I get the feeling that attorneys general in Barbados don’t care very much about this kind of police misconduct. On March 20, 2014, Amnesty International, the watchdog agency for human rights, called on authorities in Barbados to conduct an independent investigation into allegations and here we are on May 23, 2014, and the attorney general is not ashamed to say that he is unaware of if any investigation is being carried out. A very sad situation to say the least.

This has been going on for many years now under both political administrations here in Barbados.

Something needs to be done to eradicate this abuse of citizens.

Carson C. Cadogan
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