Welcome to Barbados – where Human Rights seems Optional? European Union talks it, yet doesn’t walk it…

This conference where I’ve included highlights from, in my view, seems pre-ordered… Fanz Kafka’s “The Trial” may be far more appropriate to quote than Martin Luther King Jr as was done at this event, and spouting how Human Rights are essential or Democracy is more than votes (watch the video – both Rodney Grant and Chris Sinckler jump on this notion)…

On hearing this when Q&A finally arrived, I asked (left in the whole question for any Doubters) about Raúl Garcia and the conference was quickly disbanded! In fact, CBC’s reporter was angry at me for daring to ask the question, so I apologised for doing their job which they cannot since they’re a Gov’t station! 😉

This is not a statement, merely my own personal assessment of a Grant for Civil {Ha! Sic} Society members… The title from BGIS seems so appropriate…


Minister of Finance, Christopher Sinckler is calling on all actors within the society to work together to assist civil society in achieving its goals by liberating its members from the constraints of poverty, social degradation and the dislocation that comes from the economic fallout.

Sinckler made this observation while addressing the launch of the European Union’s $250,000 Non-State Actors Grants Scheme (NSA) launch at the delegation’s Hastings, Christ Church, office.

Underscoring the importance of a democratic society, the Minister noted that persons would not realise their true potential if these constraints remained a constant feature of their lives.

“Therefore, it is important that government, NGO’s, labour, the private sector and the religious community work together to establish common platforms on which they can set forth the community to be able to achieve both individual and collective goals,” Mr. Sinckler stressed.

The Minister of Finance said the ongoing economic crisis had exposed the vulnerability of states around the world and urged all societies to find commonality in the principles that would lead to an orderly society.

As we become more integrated and more reliant on each other, we, therefore, have to find common pathways that clearly delineate the core principles which we intend to follow and which we believe are best for the evolution of an orderly, productive and sustainable society,” Mr. Sinckler surmised.

The Minister mentioned the role non-state actors played in promoting a better quality of life for citizens and how this would be achieved through the EU Small Grants Programme.

This [grant programme] is one step in solidifying that process of building capacity, not only financial and otherwise, but, in the training of persons to undertake that very huge and herculean task of ensuring that they continue to protect and promote the best elements of democracy across our societies.

“I want to encourage my colleagues in the NSA community to continue to do that work … you have the full support of Government where we can contribute, we will, whether it is with financial resources or otherwise, and we will continue to hold your hands as you hold ours, in ensuring that we make our society a better place to live, work and play,” Mr. Sinckler added.

Meanwhile, Acting Head of the EU Delegation, Claude Bochu, said the current grant scheme would “become the flagship programme of the Barbados EU/NSA panel and will empower around 10 non-governmental organisations to work on human rights and human resources advocacy”.

Bochu further stated: “I encourage NGO’s to leverage their commitment to the Barbadian society on key human rights issues. These grant funds are only a contribution, but we are aware that your organisations are backed with numerous volunteers who are eager to help out to influence the different Barbadian communities.” (EDITOR’S NOTEIf it does not include stateless Raul Garcia, then is this not merely Lip Service?)

Chairman of the NSA Small Grants Fund, Dennis de Peiza, said the grant funding would augment government’s national human resource development thrust. “It [grant funding] affords civil society the opportunity to play its part in facilitating training for its constituents, in order to achieve the overall objective of strengthening skills and improving the employability of Barbadians to reduce vulnerability among youth and to improve overall productivity,” he said.

The fund allows applicants, accredited by the Barbados Association of Non-Governmental Organisations, the Small Business Association and the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations, to receive a maximum of $25 000 for projects that involve capacity building and human resource development and training.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, October 26, and the programmes must be implemented six months after the date of disbursement. Application forms may be downloaded from the Barbados Government Information Service’s website at www.gisbarbados.gov.bb. (JC/BGIS)

Why start the conference by quoting Martin Luther King? Sound & fury to me… Once Bajan Reporter presented its logical extension of Human Rights to the conference by asking of the EU’s take on the former Dodds convict, oh how everyone quickly dismantled the Press Conference; even Sinckler would not answer any query I had, I was planning to ask him how Standard & Poor’s is under review so therefore should not Barbados’ downgrade be reconsidered? “Nada!” was his cry…

The whole matter of Raúl Garcia ensconced in a Safe House after he fulfilled his jail sentence – which is Bajan tax dollars wasted, as Government (whichever party) on conviction should have deported the man, since they did not and let too long elapse for both America and Cuba to abscond responsibility – is even more reprehensible since not only Garcia’s attorney David Comissiong, but an old couple from St John offered to be “guardians” of the former inmate which have fallen on deaf ears of Fumble Stuart who only pretends action when Garcia threatens a Hunger Strike and therefore may create unwanted International attention.

  • A former Prison Psych claims Garcia has no remorse… Does this mean he FAILED as a Rehabilitator? Says Garcia will not reveal contacts nor where potential locales for more substances – this could be Garcia is hiding something – IF true… Yet have there not been occasions where Police or other Officials sought drugs and info to use for their own purposes? Not accusing anyone retired, merely listing ALL possibilities? If Garcia suspected this and also if he is truly over this part of his life, then why reveal it? Can Garcia also not be endangering his life if he blabs or snitches?

This was what the online edition of the Nation had to say…

The man who was solely responsible for drug rehabilitation in prisons in Barbados is adamant that Cuban Raúl Garcia should not be let loose on the nation’s streets – not now, not even 20 years from now.

And Cephus Sealey, who served for ten years at Glendairy and then HMP Dodds, is calling on the Government to petition the United Nations to pay for Garcia’s stay here until the global body can find somewhere to lodge the now “stateless” Immigration detainee.

In an exclusive interview with the SUNDAY?SUN, Sealey, who retired in May, said Garcia, who was moved to a “safe house” last Sunday at the Garrison, St Michael, after serving nearly 20 years in jail for cocaine possession, never showed any interest in rehabilitation or any remorse over his deeds, and as such still posed a danger to this country.

Garcia remains an unknown entity . . . . I am subscribing to his isolation from our society at large, period. He came to Barbados with drugs, which meant he was coming to someone, or to people. We do not know whom he was coming to.”

if he starves himself to death then matter solved…” One of many nasty remarks left at BFP – Yet Barbados wonders why Recidivism is rampant? Jesus is at the wheel, folks, welcome to Barbados! We’re so Christian we’re Taliban…

Andrew Pilgrim gave Bajan Reporter an exclusive by openly stating Garcia should be allowed to live and work here… If you visit Barbados Free Press, you see many craven & cowardly anonymous commenters say Garcia should either be allowed to starve or be placed on a plane to Cuba or USA and let them sort it out… Barbados claims it is a Christian Society, and these are reactions from followers of Jesus? I think I’d rather Pontius Pilate or the Pharisees any day! You know, Raúl Garcia may get better treatment in Libya, Yemen or EgyptSMDH!

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