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Torture by Police, Forced Disappearance

& Other Ill Treatment

In the early years of the 21st Century gvnet.com/torture/StVincent&Grenadines.htm

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Success of the economy hinges upon seasonal variations in agriculture, tourism, and construction activity as well as remittance inflows. Much of the workforce is employed in banana production and tourism, but persistent high unemployment has prompted many to leave the islands. This lower-middle-income country is vulnerable to natural disasters - tropical storms wiped out substantial portions of crops in 1994, 1995, and 2002. In 2007, the islands had more than 200,000 tourist arrivals, mostly to the Grenadines.

The government's ability to invest in social programs and respond to external shocks is constrained by its high debt burden - 25% of current revenues are directed towards debt servicing. [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

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CAUTION:  The following links have been culled from the web to illuminate the situation in St. Vincent & the Grenadines. Some of these links may lead to websites that present allegations that are unsubstantiated or even false.  No attempt has been made to validate their authenticity or to verify their content.

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St. Vincent police charge 4 cops for assault, grievous bodily harm

I-Witness News Legacy Site, Kingstown, 10 July 2009

www.iwnsvg.com/2009/07/10/st-vincent-police-charge-4-cops-for-assault-grievous-bodily-harm/

[accessed 14 September 2014]

Police here have charged four of their colleagues, two corporals and two constables, with assault and causing grievous bodily harm.

The charges stem from an incident last November that reportedly left one of two teenage youths, then 14 and 15, hospitalized and unconscious for seven days.

The cops pleaded not guilty to the charges when they appeared in court in Kingstown on Thursday.

They were released on EC$800 (US$300) bail with one surety and are carded to reappear in court on September 22.

I Witness-News was unable to verify whether the cops had been relieved of duty pending the outcome of the case.

Human Rights Reports 2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, February 25, 2009

www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2008/wha/119173.htm

[accessed 12 February 2013]

TORTURE AND OTHER CRUEL, INHUMAN, OR DEGRADING TREATMENT OR PUNISHMENT Although the law prohibits such practices, the nongovernmental organization (NGO) St. Vincent and the Grenadines Human Rights Association (SVGHRA) asserted that many confessions resulted from unwarranted police practices, including the use of physical force during detention. The SVGHRA complained that the government failed to investigate adequately allegations of abuse or punish those police officers responsible for such abuses.

On November 17, two teenagers, Jemark Jackson and Kemron McDowald, claimed police officers beat them with a hose and the butt of a rifle and kicked them in the stomach and chest. Both required medical attention after their release from custody, and Jackson, who stated that he was hit so hard in the head his ear began to bleed, was hospitalized for seven days. The incident was under investigation at year's end.

Freedom House Country Report - Political Rights: 2 Civil Liberties: 1 Status: Free

2009 Edition

www.freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/2009/st-vincent-and-grenadines

[accessed 12 February 2013]

The judicial system is independent. The highest court is the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (based in Saint Lucia), which includes a court of appeals and a high court. Litigants have a right of ultimate appeal, under certain circumstances, to the Caribbean Court of Justice. The independent Saint Vincent Human Rights Association has criticized long judicial delays and a large backlog of cases caused by personnel shortages in the local judiciary. It has also charged that the executive branch at times exerts inordinate influence over the courts.

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