Friday, September 30, 2022

OECS Authority Issues Statement On BVI Situation

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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has noted with great concern the evolving situation in the British Virgin Islands involving the arrest of Premier Andrew Fahie on alleged drug conspiracy charges and the release of the UK Government report on the Commission of Inquiry (COI).

Like all persons charged with a criminal offense, Andrew Fahie is entitled to the presumption of innocence, procedural fairness, and a free and a fair trial within a reasonable time.

The OECS has noted the position taken by the duly elected Government of the BVI which, while welcoming the recommendations arising from the Inquiry, rejects the intention of the British Government to impose direct rule on the BVI.

It is clear to us that, in principle, it is ill advised to impose direct colonial rule and the history of such imposition in the Caribbean has never delivered the desired result.

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The OECS concurs with the elected representatives of the people of the BVI that abolition of Parliament with direct rule from London represents a retrograde step in the evolution of the democratic process that is inconsistent with the United Nations Proclamation of Human Rights to be free of colonial rule.

The UN Declaration on granting independence to colonial countries and peoples – Resolution 1514 of 1960 is an international commitment to which Britain is itself bound.

The historical responsibility for strengthening governance in the BVI must rest on the shoulders of the elected representatives and the people of the BVI themselves. That ultimately will be the guarantee of good governance and full, transparent accountability.

We strongly urge the British Government to work with and support the elected Parliament in this process of rectification.

The OECS for its part, is willing and ready to provide technical and other support required by the BVI as an Associate Member State in addressing the governance issues that need attention.

Source: Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States. Headline photo: Andrew Fahie

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13 COMMENTS

  1. how the OECS as an organisation releasing such a statement ? how is that OECS business? you see why we should not have no CCJ??? this is a glaring example of why! isnt OECS supposed to be about development matters? how did it get into criminal gang banging affairs? what the fk is jules doing in that organisation! nonsense!! your labour cabinet advised you to do stupidness thats none of your business??? a bunch of ler-lers who know nada except criminality! yes go down with them you foolish jules! and using the organisation u supposed to lead to do dirty work!! you people are not lawyers! that thing is outside your jurisdiction, above and below your paygrade ect..ct…, how the fk u get involved in that stunt OECS?

  2. And what if they don’t listen to your request, what then… You claim you want to be free from colonial rule, but have taken no steps to ensure that there isn’t a return to colonialism. We’ve left ourselves at the mercy of the colonialist. smh.

  3. And is Richie next. Will the US come knocking on PJP’S door and take Richie away under the cover of darkness? Is it next week or next month. Stay tuned more arrest to come at a Ministry near you.

    • Don’t hold your breath padna! If that were to have happen, it would have been done a long time ago. Because the Hurricane Allen and That Guy went to the US seeking all dirt they could have on the opposition.

  4. I cannot agree. It is time to stamp out the bs. Hatred of the UK having us to back pappyshow bobol. Scotland Yard should investigate.

  5. So the man was recorded on video and audio trying to do a drug deal! Presumption of innocence my @$$.

  6. So the premier has indicated that he has contacts all in government that will help him smuggle drugs. So the OECD says leave the corrupt in power and don’t allow the UK to investigate? Lord put a hand. The corrupt guiding the corrupt.
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  7. This is a VERY strong warning to the British Government in light of the circumstances surrounding the BVI PM’s worries. However, I sincerely hope the British Government concedes to the request of the OECS (whom they recognise!) by doing the right thing.

    • Nope. Mash him and the BVI governments up. Wipe the slate clean. I live there and let me tell you…if you were to read the 946 pages of the recent COI into the two governments? You’d change your mind. TRUST me.

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