Mary Francis defends US insistence on human rights

Human Rights Activist, Mary Francis, has defended the right of the United States to call Saint Lucia to account over the actions of police officers here, saying that the US helps to fund local law enforcement.

“Why don’t we say ‘take your money and keep your mouth closed? ’”Francis said.

She asserted that Saint Lucia cannot want to have its cake and eat it as well.

Francis declared that if this country wants to receive US money, the police, who are beneficiaries of American funded training, must act professionally.

“It is American tax dollars,” she asserted, adding that the US has every right to speak out because its training is tied to human rights.

The Attorney at Law said that the US has no obligation to give Saint Lucia or any other Third World country money.

She told the Times that the US is doing so to help this country as a superpower that has to maintain its position in the world.

Francis observed that police training provided by the European Union is also tied to human rights.

The Coordinator of the National Centre for Legal Aid and Human Rights spoke on the heels of fatal police shootings of black civilians in the United States.

Some public comments have accused the US of double standards in calling Saint Lucia to account for fatal police shootings between 2010 and 2011, while the same situation is occurring on its own soil.

Mary Francis has explained that when such situations occur in the US, news conferences are summoned to keep members of the public informed and independent investigations are launched immediately, unlike the case in Saint Lucia.

The US has withdrawn all forms of assistance to the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force over the alleged extrajudicial killings by local police.



  1. Anonymous
    July 9, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    good for the US. The RSLPF is filled with corrupt officers who have no respect for human life. If St.lucians want to have state sponsored killings they should use their own money to do it and not the tax dollars of US citizens

  2. Sad-But-True
    July 9, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    They believed since their Party is in Power that, somehow the Daddies { Gordon “Butch” Stewart & Michae +Allen Chastanet,} could wave up their ‘Fairy Tale Wand’ to make ORC disappear.
    Big Mistake! You shall suffer the consequences of your actions. I guess your Next move is to do an ‘Operation Remove Allen.’

  3. Anonymous
    July 9, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Time for them to haul these “officers” before the courts. We need to see the faces of the murderers that are being paid to run women with our VAT money!

  4. Anonymous
    July 9, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Well said.

  5. 666
    July 9, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    The hypocrisy of the Americans, they kill black people everyday because a black life is not worth much. So what say you Mary?

    July 9, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    In the US extra judicial killing of black people is the norm. Get a rigged jury with at least one black person beholden to the police and poof the murderer is exonerated. If he gets convicted poof a Police friendly Judge overturns his conviction. Justice done, white America style. So the Americans need to clean up their act before telling other nations their verdict of their courts is irrelevant. The most corrupt justice system in the world is in America, but she is best able to disguise the corruption under a veil of seeming Law and order. So tell Mary hush. America is obligated to help poorer countries because that is one of the responsibilities she accepted after World War two when she was given the mantle to be custodian of the world reserve currency. In fact as a means of stabilizing the world and preventing war she along with Britain and other rich industrialized country accepted the moral responsibility of giving back to poorer countries some of the wealth they derive from trade with these countries. So Mary hush. Besides we did not ask them for their money but in order to better police their own yard they need us to keep things from escalating in their back yard so they gave us money. If it were that we were still relevant to them in keeping the backyard clean they would have turned a blind eye even if the allegations against our Police were true, which by the way I do not accept has any merit, other than Politics play a major role is bringing unwarranted light and scrutiny. Period. So again hush Mary.

    1. Anonymous
      July 9, 2016 at 10:50 pm

      typical entitled lucian. always think other people things are yall own

    2. anon
      July 10, 2016 at 10:28 am

      Well said ????

  7. think possitive
    July 10, 2016 at 9:05 am

    So why is the government y’all ppl keep blaming we as st Lucian citizens have to put our self first b4 others an stop blaming government not the government dat send them to do it