Human-rights activist anxiously awaiting report on alleged extrajudicial killings
CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC):
Human rights activist Martinus Francois said he expects major changes in the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force after Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony addresses the nation next month on the investigations by Jamaica police into the allegations of extrajudicial killings by members of the police here.
Anthony will address the country on March 8 and is also expected to outline what measures his administration will have to take to effectively deal with the issue.
"I do not think the government has any choice in the matter in light of the position adopted by the Americans," Francois told reporters, adding that Washington would accept nothing less than a purge in the local police force.
He said this may not even be enough to satisfy American concerns regarding human-rights violations committed by local officers.
"My position is, let the axe fall where it may and if heads have to roll then let them roll, because that is what it will take for people to understand and respect the human rights of others. If heads have to roll, I have no problem with that," he said.