Francis cries shame over EU role in IMPACS case

Francis cries shame over EU role in IMPACS case

Outspoken Attorney at Law, Mary Francis, has said that it is a shame that European diplomats had to become involved in the IMPACS affair.

However Francis, who is Coordinator of the National Centre for Legal Aid and Human Rights, has welcomed their intervention with mixed feelings.

She also welcomed the statements made by the diplomats at a news conference on Thursday of this week, after meeting Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony to discuss the IMPACS case.

Francis asked:

“Why did it have to come to this?”

She recalled her years of advocacy and correspondence written to the authorities, urging them to act swiftly to facilitate independent inquiries into the alleged extra-judicial Police killings that became the subject of the IMPACS investigation.

“I wonder whether we have forgotten our colonial past because  to bring about such a level of outside intervention could have been avoided, had the previous government as well as the current government carried out an independent inquiry into those killings without delay in keeping with the rule of law,” the Attorney at Law told the Times.

Francis asserted that partisan politics was at the heart of the issue.

“This shameful situation speaks to the negative effect partisan politics has on the governance of this country,” she declared.

Francis told the Times that the task at hand now is for Saint Lucians as a people to overcome destructive partisan politics and restore integrity to the governance of this country.

As far as she was concerned, the information emanating from the diplomats at their news conference should have come from the people’s representatives including the Prime Minister and the Minister responsible for Justice.

“I hope the lessons have been learnt,” she asserted, adding that what Saint Lucians can do for themselves should not be done by others.

“It is better to die on ones feet than live on ones knees,” Francis declared.





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  1. Malcolm L'Overture
    January 16, 2016 at 11:20 am Reply

    These meddling Europeans are at it yet again. To say that I am appalled would be an understatement. Why can’t these old colonials just let us get on with running our own affairs? St Lucia is a sovereign state perfectly capable of taking care of everything within it’s confines. The prime minister once declared ‘The sovereignty of St Lucia is not for sale’. I could not agree more.

    I have not been following the IMPACTS report and my knowledge of it is very limited. From what I understand, quite a lot of parties have shown interest including the Americans who seem to have held onto it like a bag of fries. Now the Europeans including the British have jumped onboard trying to throw their weight around. The “colonial masters” just cannot help themselves. They do not seem to care about interfering in the internal affairs of a self-determined nation. I find their level of intrusion to be offensive. These officious diplomats are busy meddling into the business of our country and that cannot be right.

    They are lecturing our politicians about human rights when they have some of the most appalling human rights records in their respective countries.Take Britain for example where quite a number of young blacks of either Caribbean or African descent have been tortured by the state and no one has been held accountable for the many atrocities carried out against our black folks in the UK. Back in the early 80’s, a number of young black teens died in a house fire in London’s New Cross area. The circumstances surrounding the fire was suspicious and to date, no one has been brought to book. The police did not care about what transpired on that fateful night. The despicable Margaret Thatcher was in power back then and did little to inspire the police to find the culprits. She and the rest of white society were not interested in bringing closure and justice for the families of these young people. Stephen Lawrence was another young black man who was killed just for being black by a group of young racist thugs in South London. It took the intervention of the late Nelson Mandela to help bring the killers of young Stephen to justice.

    Racism is alive and well in Britain and the rest of Europe. The powers that be have done little to curb this evil and cancer which permeates through every segment of white society. Margaret Thatcher once said that the British people were being swamped in relation to immigration from the commonwealth. She then went on to bring in some of the most draconian pieces of legislation to stem the flow of immigrants from the mainly black commonwealth countries. The very countries that the British invaded and plundered. They pilfered the lot from our shores in order to build their country and then had the temerity to call it “Great Britain”. What is great about a country that enslaved our people and had then in bondage? A country that built it’s wealth on the backs of our poor ancestors. A country that tossed millions of our African cousins into the Atlantic. What is Great about that? The British have no shame. They have not said sorry for the abominable acts they carried out against my people and it is for that reason I think our prime minister should tell them to ‘Go away and to mind their own business’

    These former rulers have no business coming to St Lucia issuing diktats to our government. They need to look within before they can look without. Clean your mess first before you can tell others about theirs. The St Lucian government is quite competent and able to address everything concerning the IMPACTS report. They do not need outsiders telling them what to do. The British and Europeans would not like it if the many governments of the Caribbean and Africa were to lecture them on their poor human rights record when it comes to dealing with black people in Europe which of course includes the UK. They would take offense and send us packing. They would not fathom nor entertain the idea of people they once bossed about telling them what to do with regards to their harsh treatment of ethnic minorities.

    Slavery was abominable abhorrent and deplorable. It was forced upon us in St Lucia and the rest of the Caribbean by people who come from the very countries these inglorious diplomats comes from. Before these Europeans can come and lecture us they ought to take a look in their own backyard. They should search their conscience and that of their respective countries. They should look deep into the annals of their history for the past 500 years and strive to address past injustices. They have not paid one dime for the brutality they heaped on us. The British took everything and left the cupboards bare. They sucked all the milk until there was no milk left in the cow.Flaming hypocrites!!!

    When it comes to people from the Caribbean and Africa the British have shown that they have no respect for us. Blacks are the first to be blamed for all the ills facing British society even if we only make up less than five percent of the population. The white man has used us as a scapegoat and will continue to do so as long as we depend on him for our basic needs. They want us to continue being dependent on them so they can continue to maintain that master-slave relationship. It is about time we rebel and for us to do for ourselves without outside intervention. We are no longer slaves nor do we live on plantations. We are free men and women and need to break up that subservient and servile relationship that we have continued to maintain with these superordinates. It needs to be busted up and broken.

    These unscrupulous diplomats promised to return to St Lucia later on the year to see whether any progress has been made. They obviously have very little faith in our judiciary.The government and judiciary are two separate entities. The Justice system is non-political and should remain so. The IMPACTS report is a matter for the justice department to look into. They are the only ones responsible for looking into it’s contents and recommendation fully and to act upon it if necessary. These nosey-parkers have absolutely no right to meddle in the affairs of the state of St Lucia. The same way we could not tell them how to run their affairs is the same way they should not tell us how to run ours. They have no right in doing so.

    The Prime Minister and government of St Lucia need to carpet these European Busybodies. Perhaps he should remind them of the atrocities they committed against us. Remind them of how slavery was abominable and how to date they have not paid us reparation for enslaving our ancestors and plundering our lands. Remind them of the word pillage. Our land has been raped and despoiled by the ancestors of this lot who are now coming to tell us what to do in our own country. We do NOT need them in St Lucia or anywhere in the Caribbean for that matter putting their oar in. We are quite capable of looking after our own interests and in governing ourselves. Our Prime Minister need to say to them the following: ‘Thanks But No Thanks’ – We can do it without your help – St Lucia simply does not need European interference to sort out it’s affairs.

    Big Up St Lucia The Land Of My Beautiful Mother and Land We Love.
    Malcolm L’Overture
    Haitian- Lucian
    Berlin Germany

  2. Wayne Marius
    January 16, 2016 at 12:30 pm Reply

    I concur with you Mary, very well said. Where is good governance, too much politics.

  3. cocoflow
    January 16, 2016 at 12:44 pm Reply

    I have to agree with Mary Francis in every aspect coz it’s about time we stop letting big fish intervene in what we could have taken care of our selves then cry foul when big fish treat us with disrespect,my peeps an gov please stop making our ignorance be a disability it’s not it’s a disease that can be cured with proper knowledge, peace, love, unity, strength an harmony for each other without understanding that we’re just little fish being controlled by the big country fish in they best interest an that doesn’t make us an independent island.

  4. David
    January 16, 2016 at 1:08 pm Reply


  5. David
    January 16, 2016 at 1:29 pm Reply

    Every time I see the UK so quick to join such ranks, i usually laugh at their “Baby” attempts of licking the US’ backsides clean and mimicking real Powers (like the USA).

    I have noticed whenever the US speaks, the UK (for some reason) must smell their fart and begin to BARK. And I know why and it is so obvious. 😉

    I would like to inform the Great Britain that NO one takes you seriously. And in the words of the Russian Leader, “You are Just an Island.”

  6. David
    January 17, 2016 at 7:22 am Reply

    What St.Lucians need to ask and have answered is if the accusations of extra judicial killings is true. Who is asking is irrelevant especially if locals are asking the same questions.

  7. citizen
    January 17, 2016 at 6:56 pm Reply

    Fact of the matter is that the PM cannot tell anybody go to hell because it was labour party operatives who invited the Americans into this with lies in the first instance. For this matter to be resolved, Saint Lucia needs a new government.

  8. Deedee
    January 18, 2016 at 10:23 am Reply

    This latest article is concerning.Is our visa free travel to the UK at risk from this grand standing? Why is this man so important to St.Lucia?

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