We Cannot Find Any Record Of This Story In The Oldstream Barbados Media
One of the Ghanaian women stranded in Barbados when the Ghana International Airways charter failed to return to the island was sexually assaulted while in the custody of the Barbados Defense Forces – according to a letter purportedly released by Barbados politician David Comissiong.
The April 15, 2008 letter which is reprinted in its entirety at the end of this article, states that the Royal Barbados Police Force is investigating.
Comissiong States Detainees Were Told They Would Be Shot If They Attempted To Leave The Base
The letter also states that the African detainees were told they would be subject to sniper gun fire if they tried to leave the Barbados Defense Force base where they are being held.
Our Take: Government Is Entirely Responsible For The Well Being Of Persons In Custody
When our police, immigration officers or military personnel take persons into custody, they and their organisation become entirely responsible for their care and well being. This is a duty that has long be recognised in courts in the UK, USA, Canada and around the world.
What if the woman was your sister, your wife, your mother who was locked in a barracks with dozens of unknown men whose only connection was they happened to be on the same flight?
If we missed the coverage of this story in the Barbados news media, please let us know – but for now it looks like no one else has reported that one of the female detainees was sexually assaulted while in government custody.
As to the allegation that detainees were told that they would be shot if they attempted to leave the military base, again we can find no record of this being reported in the Barbados media.
These two issues would seem to be an important part of the Ghana International Airways charter flight disaster. Barbadians should be asking themselves “What else hasn’t the Barbados media been reporting?”
Full text of the April 15, 2008 David Comissiong letter as published on BN Village (link here)…
GLOBAL AFRIKAN CONGRESS
Israel Lovell Foundation
Tel. (246) 437-3113
My Lord’s Hill Fax: (246) 437-8216ST MICHAEL
15 April 2008
URGENT REPORT ON AFRICANS INCARCERATED IN BARBADOS
It is my duty to report that on Tuesday 8th April 2008, the Government of Barbados commenced a “crackdown” on 96 citizens of Ghana and Nigeria who have been stranded in Barbados since their charter flight failed to return for them on the 15th of February 2008. Continue reading