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REGIONAL: US sanctions hamper St Lucia's drug-fighting efforts

Published:Saturday | September 27, 2014 | 9:39 AM

The St Lucia government says the war on illegal drugs is being significantly hampered by the decision of the United States to continue sanctions against the St Lucia Police Force.



Washington announced last year that it was preventing the local police from taking part in US-funded training exercises and assistance under its anti-drug programme.



The decision was taken by Washington in light of what it called credible allegations of gross human rights violations by local law men.



The allegations are linked to several fatal police shootings between 2010 and 2011 under the former United Workers Party government.



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