Victims Abuse & Mental illness from St. Vincent & The Grenadines granted asylum in Canada
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St. Vincent & The Grenadines under the leadership Ralph Gonsalves of over 16 years has now become more known for rape and acts of crime against women than for our breadfruit and fresh fish. In January of 2018 the country observed mistreatment of a young female Vincentian named Yugge Farrell who was charged by the police for offence language by uttering “Dirty Bitch” to Karen Gonsalves the daughter in law of the prime minister. The charges occurred on the 4th of January 2018, on the 5th of January she was confined to a mental asylum at which point a video began to surface in which Ms Farrell expressed a long-standing relationship with Camillo Gonsalves. Camillo (PM’s son) allegedly began a relationship with Ms Farrell when she was underage and ended at her request due to his requests for illicit sexual performances. Ms Farrell also expressed knowledge of confidential information of corruptive behaviour by the administration which she would expose if need be. Exposing her abuse resulted in her confinement to the mental home while awaiting trial. Ms. Farrell has since been released and is pending trial. Ms. Yugge Farrell is one of many women men and children facing injustice toward her rights at the hands of Ralph Gonsalves and his increasing abuse of power. Recently the Director of the Child Development Division, Jemma Alexander indicated "20 per cent" of reported child abuse cases were as a result of sexual abuse, 37 per cent were physical and emotional abuse and 43 percent were cases of neglect. Female children were victimized more than boys and reports continue to increase in the category of sexual abuse.
The United Nations in 2013 published a report of Human Rights Violation towards women in St Vincent and the Grenadines in which they name the country of 110k people as the fourth worst country of reporting rape worldwide. Women on numerous occasions have fled the country seeking asylum within Canada only to be deported back as their cries for abuse from their spouse, lover or relative/s are ignored by the police and also the Canadian government. In addition, a published report entitled The Shadow, by the Université du Québec à Montréal’s (UQUAM) International Clinic for the Defence of Human Rights and the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Human Rights Association cited that cultural prejudices against women and the trivialisation of violence within relationships leading to a cultural epidemic of violence. In addition laws such as Domestic Violence Act, provides limited protection with the avenue for legal support primarily through civil action against the perpetrator. St. Vincent is also left with only one shelter for abused women, accessible only after a protection order has been made at the Family Court. Over the past decade, it said more than 4,490 Vincentians — 4 percent of the current population — have sought asylum in Canada, the majority being women. Recent UN statistics state that in 2011, SVG was “the fourth-worst country worldwide when it came to its rate of recorded rapes. IWIN news publication excerpt;
“Domestic abuse and incest are common — between 2000 and 2011, 60 women died from gender-based violence or at the hands of their partner — a staggering figure considering the under-reporting of cases and St. Vincent’s tiny population of 109,400.”
“It was very shocking, actually,” said Emilie Guimond-Bélanger, a master’s student of international law and one of the report’s authors, who travelled to St. Vincent this summer. “There’s no system, there’s no protection for women, to make this violence stop.”
Canada has been a safe haven for those seeking a safe living. Around 1,162,900 foreign-born people immigrated to Canada between 2006 and 2011. According to Stats Canada. We want the abused stemming from St. Vincent and the Grenadines to be granted asylum while awaiting hearing. This can provide the victims opportunity to receive treatment for their trauma while not facing victimization while aboard. We are frustrated with this regime of government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines parading their failing for the vulnerable as victories.
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