Guyana is not the only country where the death penalty is in the Law Books, and it is regrettable that a national newspapers has seen it necessary to highlight such a report.
What I think is, however, lacking in the report highlighted are the names of the “dozens of people in 2004 who were abducted, tortured and killed by the operation of a death squad”. At whose doorstep AI is seeking to place the blame?
it is also most appropriate for AI to publish in its World Report the status
of the United States of America and other leaders of the world vis-à-vis the
death penalty and the torture and harsh treatment in detention centres
operated by the U.S.A. and other countries.
very refreshing to note in the report that the Guyana Human Rights Association
has voiced its concern about the prevalence of violence against women, and has
denounced the legal system’s treatment of victims of sexual violence, and
calling for a major campaign involving government, religious and civic
institutions to hold perpetrators. Very refreshing indeed when hitherto, GHRA
was only concerned with the rights of perpetrators of violence, rape and
murders, totally ignoring the right and trauma and sufferings of the victims
of such sub-human attacks.
Excellency the President recently spoke about the sluggish approach of the
Courts to matters of national importance and of matters affecting the
citizenry, he was castigated for interfering with the Judiciary. When the
leader of the PNC entered into an arrangement with the convicted drug dealer
Bouterse of Suriname and who is wanted for murder, not a soul raised a voice
to criticise a national party to seek ties with criminal elements. And when
President Bush and other Western leaders proclaim to the world that Saddam
Hussein who is in custody, thanks to the Americans, is a villain, a murderer
who has committed mass murder of his own citizens, and who should not be
allowed to escape his trial, no one has yet accused those authorities of bias
and prejudice. No one has questioned whether Saddam will get a fair trial.
and news reporters (we do not seem to have journalists in this country) owe it
to their consciences and the citizens to be objective in their reporting and
not seek to get favours or to be in the books of those they may like by
reporting falsely or with a slant or bias of the news.
Wednesday, June 01, 2005