President Granger End Impunity in Guyana, Cooperate With the United Nations.
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Eighteen years ago, Collie Wills, aka Frantz Britton, father of three children, reported to a local police station in Guyana. Eyewitnesses reported that he was taken to the headquarters of the Criminal Investigations Department [CID] – the equivalent of the United States FBI. He was last seen in the company of Leon Fraser being bundled into a silver-gray car, registration plate number, PGG 3412. He was never seen again!
Mr. Wills was a laborer and a vendor. He wasn’t a political activist. He wasn’t an academic. He was a regular citizen of modest means, leading a mundane life. And, he was a victim of racism. Not the white supremacist kind of racism found in the United States and Europe; but the Indian supremacist kind peculiar to Guyana which was ruled at the time by a Hindu/Islamic cabal, headed by President Bharrat Jagdeo.
The Jagdeo regime’s crimes didn’t go unnoticed. A 2001 Organization of American States, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights’ [IACHR] Report #80/01, Petition #12.264 named Jagdeo along with Ronald Gajraj, former Minister of Home Affairs, Laurie Lewis, the former Commissioner of the Guyana Police Force and Leon Fraser, a former superintendent of the Guyana Police Force and head of the dreaded Black Clothes death squad, as ‘responsible for Mr. Britton’s disappearance whilst in police custody.’
A spokesperson for the IACHR, Maria Rivero, explained that the Commission’s Merit Report #1/06, Case #12.264, holds the Jagdeo regime both “intellectually and materially responsible” for the disappearance and presumed murder of Frantz Britton. According to Ms. Rivero, the Commission’s report is still valid and will remain so in perpetuity until all complicit parties are held accountable.
It is the Commission’s view that what happened to Mr. Britton ‘corresponds in all respects to the concept of forced disappearance as developed in the jurisprudence of the Commission and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.’
According to the Rome Statute which governs the International Criminal Court, “Enforced disappearance of persons” ‘means the arrest, detention or abduction of persons by, or with the authorization, support or acquiescence of, a State or a political organization, followed by a refusal to acknowledge that deprivation of freedom or to give information on the fate or whereabouts of those persons, with the intention of removing them from the protection of the law for a prolonged period of time.’
On March 8, 2016, chairman of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, Mr. Houria Es-Slami, sent a letter to the government of Guyana requesting that it investigate the disappearance of Frantz Britton. The Working Group offered to assist Guyanese authorities in the prosecution of this case. The Guyana government rebuffed its offer.
It's time we take a stand and demand that President Granger honor the vow he made, shortly after his election in 2015, at the 3rd annual Cuffy 250 State of the African Guyanese Forum, to “ensure that all of those mothers’ children who were killed have their deaths investigated,” and the malefactors brought to justice. #Standup4HumanRights
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