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U.S. Human Rights Fervour More Intense Abroad

Face off in Ferguson
Face off in Ferguson

THE Ferguson, Missouri, United States situation of unrest in the wake of the killing of an unarmed youth is a reminder that this is the same nation, which has dissociated itself from the Royal St. Lucia Police Force on the basis of gross human rights violations.

On the global stage for all to see, the people of America are openly decrying police violence and racial profiling. As a matter of fact, the comment that “Ferguson is everywhere” is fast becoming a catch phrase over U.S. media by debaters as they call out other perceived racial injustices, to underscore that the allegedly racially motivated August 2014 fatal shooting of Brown by a police officer is not an isolated incident, but one that almost every state can relate to because they have had incidents which bore similarities to this latest travesty.

In Saint Lucia, the alleged killings by local law enforcement officers were deemed to be of grave concern and deserving of open disdain via a withdrawal of all U.S training opportunities, plus a probe by an independent body, of which a final official report is still pending even as 2014 is drawing to a close.

Whatever the level of moral authority brought to bear on the governments of poor and vulnerable, small island developing states, the U.S. government needs to be mindful that the rest of the world is watching and when injustices appear to be taking place in its very front yard, it is very discouraging considering U.S. fervour for human rights in the Caribbean is very active.

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When it comes to U.S. challenges in law enforcement, it all seems to be far more profound and intense because there are ideological and prejudicial ethnic undertones at work in U.S. communities, which are very much in the minimum or totally absent in Caribbean islands, including St. Lucia.

Indeed even the prez is quoted to have said: “This is not a problem just of Ferguson, Missouri. This is a national problem,”

While the Caribbean region has enjoyed the stability anchored by the policies of the pre–dominant world power, in whose backyard we’re located, one cannot but observe that this was a hard line taken to impose the “Leahy Law” which is said to be the legislation that is preventing the island from receiving security-related and material assistance from the U.S.

The Leahy Law is a U.S. human rights law that prohibits assistance to any unit of the security forces of a foreign country, if the Secretary of State has credible information, that such unit has committed a gross violation of human rights.

Saint Lucia therefore joined Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Nigeria, Turkey, Indonesia, and Pakistan, whose security forces have been denied assistance by virtue of the Leahy Law.

In over a year the island’s police have missed out on several significant U.S funded/ organized training programmes among them Tradewinds, and other material assistance. Although there was no civil unrest here, the St. Lucia police was hit hard by critics, while their doctrine on the use of force and the relationship with the community was and is still being brought under scrutiny and attack.

For how long will the local police be impeached even as there is public proof that the organization is confronted by challenges of limited resources, prompting therefore, a heavy reliance on foreign assistance?

In Ferguson measures are in the pipeline to assist the police. President Barack Obama on Monday proposed new funding meant to help improve relations between police departments and minority communities, saying there is a “simmering distrust” between the two groups that extends well beyond the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

Just as the White House has asked for $263 million in funding for police body cameras and training in the wake of the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, Abetta Country is of the view that it is not too late for a more positive, ameliorative approach to be adopted by the United States Secretary of State, towards St. Lucia’s case, in which local police are said to have engaged in targetted killings of persons perceived to be criminals between 2010 and 2011.

By Abetta Country

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  1. I have often said that the Religion of White Supremacy is embedded into the minds of Caucasians who perceive people of African ancestry as inferior while simultaneously being fearful of the African retaliation for the injustices perpetrated against them. These White Christians have made no serious effort to address the problem at the institutional sources of racisim.

    The Caucasian is taught from infancy that God is a Caucasian and Satan is a Black African. This is reenforced in the Churches and Culture, where mis-educated self-hating Negroes like a Peter Josie would proclaim the Carnival Queen Contestants as becoming too ugly because they were not “Shabeens”; his actual words were “blacker and uglier”.

    The worship of a Caucasian as God by black people deprives the black person of his dignity and is viewed by his Caucasian Christian as a people not deserving respect. The superficial remedies being proposed to retrain the police and have them wear cameras will do nothing to solve the problem of White Supremacy. If these White Supremacist are sincere about ending Racial Profiling, let them remove these White Images of God from their Churches and literature – stop teaching that God is a Naked white man who came to kill himself and pay the Ransom to Satan to get us back after Satan captured us after having sex with Eve in the Garden of Eden.

    Satan demanded that this Ransom be paid in God’s blood, so God had to become a White man and kill himself/shed his precious blood? What do you think Caucasians think of Negroes like Rick Wayne and other Negroes when they see them kneeling and praying to their white Image ? They will never respect the Negro. Do you think David Cameron would ever make his wife and children worship an image of a Naked Stephenson King?

    God rest you merry, gentlemen,

    Let nothing you dismay,
    For Jesus Christ our Saviour
    Was born upon this day,
    To save us all from Satan’s power
    When we were gone astray:

    This Caucasian calls it strait in this video:

    https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10204757770518130&set=vb.1053423797&type=2&theater

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  2. Iran has criticized profound racial discrimination in the United States, saying the ongoing tensions in the US society indicate a clear gap between the country’s political realities and its claims about democracy.

    “Massive protests by the American people against racial discrimination and the institutionalized violent behavior toward the colored people show the continuation of chronic wounds in the US community,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said on Sunday.

    She slammed the US police’s mistreatment of minorities and the people of color and the implicit support of the country’s judicial system for racial segregation and violence against them, adding, “The US policymakers and rulers need a profound approach to their country’s domestic situation.”

    Afkham noted that the US has used human rights as a tool to constantly criticize other countries over the past decades while it ignores its own domestic conditions.

    The Iranian spokesperson said the issue of human rights is a broad-based issue and applies to all human beings, saying time is ripe for applying human rights norms to all countries without discrimination and political considerations.

    The US administration and judicial system are expected to fulfill their responsibility and treat the American citizens based on justice and law and prevent any racial profiling and inhumane approach, she pointed out.

    Afkham’s remarks came after US President Barack Obama on Monday acknowledged that the United States is suffering from racial discrimination amid protests over a jury decision not to indict an officer who killed an unarmed black American.

    Angry protesters took to the streets across the United States after a jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson who shot dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in August.

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    “What your Caucasian Christian thinks of you honorary whites, with your Nobel Prize and all. Now let’s all sing , “GOD SAVE THE CAUCASIAN QUEEN”.”

    One of the UK’s most distinguished actors has been criticized for claiming theater is a “white invention” that is ingrained in the DNA of the Caucasian race.

    Dame Janet Suzman, known for her Shakespearean roles, was responding to the views of Meera Syal, a British-Asian comedian, who last week urged theater companies to do more to involve the UK’s Asian community.

    “Theater is a white invention, a European invention, and white people go to it,” Suzman claimed. “It’s in their DNA. It starts with Shakespeare.”

    Suzman also complained that people from ethnic minority backgrounds simply don’t go to the theatre because it isn’t part of their culture.

    “I’ve just done a South African play. My co-star is a young black man from the slums of Cape Town. Totally brilliant actor! I saw one black face in the room, at the Print Room [London theater],” she said.

    “And they don’t bloody come. They’re not interested. It’s not in their culture, that’s why. Just as their stuff is not in white culture,” she added.

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    The revelation of the heinous practices by the Government of the U.S.A., may help the victim of White supremacy understand that something is abnormal about a people who are quick to give you a Bible, while they practice oppression and murder with the ease and comfort of taking a breath.

    It should be noted that this people who exterminated the Arawak and made Negroes of the Africans are alive and well in their practice of Devil Worship, and praying to dead people. The Caucasian are incorrigible white supremacist, hailed and supported by self-hating honorary whites like Josie, Fedee, and Ricky John Wayne, all sick traitors who think they are Romans while the kneel and worship a naked Caucasian as their God. Unless the Lucian people bring these honorary whites to trial as double agents, including Chastanet for their working with the C.I.A. against the African interest, and upon conviction subject them to public execution, we are doomed to be second class citizens, who can be murdered with impunity by a savage and ungodly people.

    In exhaustive detail, the report gives a macabre accounting of some of the grisliest techniques that the C.I.A. used to torture and imprison terrorism suspects. Detainees were deprived of sleep for as long as a week, and were sometimes told that they would be killed while in American custody. With the approval of the C.I.A.’s medical staff, some prisoners were subjected to medically unnecessary “rectal feeding” or “rectal hydration” — a technique that the C.I.A.’s chief of interrogations described as a way to exert “total control over the detainee.” C.I.A. medical staff members described the waterboarding of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the chief planner of the Sept. 11 attacks, as a “series of near drownings.”

    The report also suggests that more prisoners were subjected to waterboarding than the three the C.I.A. has acknowledged in the past. The committee obtained a photograph of a waterboard surrounded by buckets of water at the prison in Afghanistan commonly known as the Salt Pit, a facility where the C.I.A. had claimed that waterboarding was never used. One clandestine officer described the prison as a “dungeon,” and another said that some prisoners there “literally looked like a dog that had been kenneled.”

    Now these are the hypocrites punishing the country of Saint Lucia for Human Rights Violations?

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