St Lucia Gov’t receives report on extra-judicial killings from JCF

first_img St Lucia Prime Minister Dr Kenny AnthonyCASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) – The St Lucia Government says it has received a report of an investigation carried out by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) into the alleged extra-judicial killings by members of the Royal St Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).In a radio and television broadcast on Sunday night, Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony said the report is now being considered by cabinet.“I wish to confirm that the Government of St Lucia has received the report from the team of investigators. I confirm as well that the Cabinet of ministers is deliberating on the contents and implications of the report,” he said, adding “this address is not the occasion to share the findings with you but I intend to do so in a separate address in early February”.In 2013, the St Lucia Government enlisted the help of the Jamaican police to investigate the RSLPF. This came on the heels of the United States withdrawing security related assistance after claims of human rights violations.In August 2013, the United States suspended all forms of assistance to the RSLPF, citing allegations of serious human rights violations.“The Department of State has made a policy decision to withdraw training and material assistance to the Royal St Lucia Police Force due to credible allegations of gross human rights violations,” the US State Department said in a statement then.As a result, Police Commissioner, Vernon Francois, was prevented from travelling to the US to represent the Regional Security Service (RSS) at a conference of Black Police Chiefs.In his broadcast on Sunday, Anthony said St Lucia recorded a reduction in the volume of major offences, including motor vehicle theft, burglary and sexual offences.He said the island also experienced a fourth consecutive year of reduction in the number of homicides. There were 34 killings last year, but Anthony said “one homicide is already one too many.“We must be resolute in our efforts to continue the downward trend in the number of homicides in fair Helen,” he said, noting “we also witnessed an alarming number of suicides in 2014.“The Ministry of Health and the Mental Wellness Centre are making every effort to ensure that counselling and psychiatric services are available to persons of all ages who are suffering from depression and other related conditions.“Depression is a very serious matter, and persons from every stratum of society can be affected. It is important that government furnish our citizens with the necessary safeguards, but we must also implore families, the religious community and the wider community to reach out to those in need before they arrive at this terminal stage. Let’s go back to our tradition of being our brother or sister’s keeper,” he added. NewsRegional St Lucia Gov’t receives report on extra-judicial killings from JCF by: CMC – January 19, 2015 222 Views   one commentlast_img

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