Daily Archives: February 13, 2012

Barbados Government should obey previous Supreme Court judgment and free Raul Garcia

“The applicant has been held in detention at H.M.P Dodds pending deportation for in excess of 17 months. Counsel for the Respondents conceded that as the applicant is a ‘stateless person’, his deportation and expulsion from Barbados could not now be achieved having regard to Barbados’ obligations under the 1954 Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons.”

“In the circumstances, as the Minister Responsible for Immigration is unable to say when the applicant is likely to be deported from Barbados and as no evidence has been provided that his continued detention is necessary on ground of national security or public order, the Court holds that the applicant’s continued detention under the Immigration Act, is no longer reasonable or lawful and the applicant should be released from detention at HMP Dodds.”

Honourable Madam Justice Maureen Crane-Scott, Q.C., August 31, 2009

Barbados High Court decided the law on cases like Mr. Garcia two years ago!

Barbados Free Press has received a copy of an unreported Barbados court decision that is exactly on point in the Raul Garcia case.

Bajans can now state with certainty that Mr. Garcia is being illegally held at Dodds Prison by the Barbados Government – and that is according to the Barbados Supreme Court. Mr. Garcia’s sentence ended almost two years ago but he is still being held in a maximum security prison because he is stateless. (Main Raul Garcia article here)

Please read this previous court decision (below or at the link above) and you’ll understand that it is Prime Minister Stuart and his government who are the lawbreakers now, not Raul Garcia. Laws and court orders: do they mean anything to our Barbados government? DLP or BLP doesn’t seem to matter – our governments do what they want regardless of court orders.

BARBADOS

[Unreported]

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF JUDICATURE

HIGH COURT

Civil Division

Suit No: 117 of 2009

Consolidated with Suit No: 14 of 2009

BETWEEN

“ORSC”                                                                               APPLICANT

AND

THE SUPERINTENDENT OF PRISONS                               1st RESPONDENT

THE MINISTER RESPONSIBLE

FOR IMMIGRATION                                                             2nd RESPONDENT

ATTORNEY GENERAL OF BARBADOS                            3rd RESPONDENT

Before The Honourable Madam Justice Maureen Crane-Scott, Q.C. Judge of the High Court

(In Chambers)

2009: August 31

Mr. Douglas Trotman in association with Miss. Veronica McFarlane for the Applicant

Ms. Irene Stephney, instructed by the Solicitor General for the Respondents

DECISION

[1]        This is an urgent application to secure the applicant’s release from Her Majesty’s Prison at Dodds (HMP Dodds) where he is detained pursuant to orders made by the Minister Responsible for Immigration under the Immigration Act, Cap. 190 of the Laws of Barbados.

[2]        The applicant was born in Cuba on the 29th day of August, 1974. He entered Barbados as a visitor on August 24th, 2006 for a period of 1 month. On expiration of his 1 month entry permit, he applied for and was granted an extension of 15 days. Thereafter he illegally resided and worked in Barbados until January 22, 2008 when he was arrested by police and handed over to the immigration authorities.

[3]            Following his arrest, the applicant was detained at the Grantley Adams International Airport for an initial period of 2 months. On March 18th, 2008 the Minister Responsible for Immigration signed orders for his deportation and detention pending deportation from Barbados. He was served with the Deportation Order on March 18, 2008 and thereafter transported from the airport to HMP Dodds where he still remains under detention pending his deportation. Continue reading

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Maldives continues to destroy its tourism industry – Buddhist, Hindu exhibits smashed at Maldives National Museum

Islamic coup proceeds with the next step: eradication of all non-Muslim history

“They have effectively erased all evidence of our Buddhist past”

Senior official with the now-closed and shuttered Maldives National Museum.

Barbados and The Maldives are half a world apart, but more closely related than you would think. Both economies rely almost exclusively upon tourism and offshore financial institutions – and both countries target the same tourist markets in the UK and Europe.

To tell the truth, the Maldives are probably more beautiful than Barbados if sand, sun and blue water is all you have in mind. But sand, sun and the ocean is all you had better have in mind because just about everything else is prohibited in The Maldives. Some exceptions are made for tourist resorts, but even those exceptions are ending. Last December all resort spas were shut down in response to public demands for more Islamic laws and standards. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the country except for certain limited resorts.

Islam is the only religion allowed in the Maldives. Possession of a Bible, Hindu or Buddhist prayer book is forbidden upon penalty of imprisonment. Women are regularly flogged for pre-marital sex. Only Muslims can be citizens. Islamic Shari’ah law is written into the constitution.

Last week the first democratically elected government in 30 years was toppled by a coup. The new President just appointed a number of Islamic hardliners to Cabinet and the fundamentalists responded in their joy by attacking the Maldives Museum and destroying all Buddhist history exhibits, including priceless 12th century statues.

Destruction of non-Islamic history is standard operating procedure for Muslim fundamentalists. It happened in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. In Afghanistan the fundamentalists lopped the heads off all statues in their museum and even destroyed the famous 1500-year old Bamiyan Buddha statues, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. So don’t go to The Maldives and expect to see any history outside of Islam – you’ll be greatly disappointed.

What does the Maldives coup mean for Barbados tourism?

While we’re sorry that The Maldives is moving back to the 7th Century brutality and darkness of Islamic rule, it is apparently happening with the support of the exlusively Muslim citizenry. The instability, unfriendly laws and Islamic supremacist attitudes will undoubtedly have negative consequences on the number of UK and European visitors to the islands – and Barbados should be in a good position to pick up some new business. Barbados is a wonderful, welcoming country with lots more to see and do than just sitting on the beach.

Business is business and while our competition is destroying itself, our Barbados Tourism Authority should be actively promoting our product in the same tourist markets as Barbados better than the Maldives in so many ways.

The Maldives coup and rise of Islamic fascism in the islands will cause many tourists to reconsider their Maldives vacations. Many will be going someplace else and our BTA should be working hard to ensure that “someplace else” is Barbados.

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