Mary Francis responds to EU interest in IMPACS

Mary Francis responds to EU interest in IMPACS

Outspoken Human Rights Activist, Mary Francis, has said that the interest of the European Union in the IMPACS investigation into alleged extra-judicial killings by some members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force, RSLPF, is a major embarrassment for this country.

Francis asserted that the previous United Workers Party (UWP) government and its current successor labour administration could have done something about the alleged killings, but did nothing.

“There was information which they had and there was no reason why international bodies should become involved in this situation, “the Attorney at Law told the Times.

Francis spoke hours after an announcement yesterday that the head of the EU delegation in Barbados, the British High Commissioner in Barbados and the Ambassador of France in Saint Lucia would be making an “important” call on Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony.

One of the main agenda items for the January 14 meeting will be a  discussion of areas related to security and justice in Saint Lucia, in particular the Government’s follow-up to the publication of the IMPACS report.

The diplomats are scheduled to hold a news conference afterwards.

Francis told the Times that it may take that meeting with the diplomatic representatives to “push things.”

“Outside forces, the EU and the Americans and the French, if they want to collaborate and see how the government could be moved to actually do that is right, maybe we can get this thing over and done with,” she asserted.

Francis recalled that the authorities had a fine opportunity to do what was necessary, but failed.

According to the Human Rights Activist, for years the police here have been involved in wrongdoing, without facing any sanctions.

“Every inquest into a fatal police shooting concluded that it was lawful killing and the police were allowed to have a free hand in law enforcement,” Francis lamented.

As far as she was concerned, had police officers been called to account years ago, Saint Lucia would not have found itself in the current situation.





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