United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights ignores Barbados’ Guantanamo South

UPDATED: April 5, 2012

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay stated at an April 5, 2012 news conference that she wants Raul Garcia freed immediately – however the April 5, 2012 official UN press release detailing her Barbados visit does not mention Mr. Garcia. Ian Bourne was at the press conference and will file a story at Bajan Reporter.

Illegally held prisoner Raul Garcia a non-subject

Navanethem Pillay (above) arrives in Barbados today, but the plight of illegally-held prisoner Raul Garcia is nowhere to be found in the published agenda of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. That’s too bad because the only difference between the USA’s Guantanamo Bay facility in Cuba, and Raul Garcia’s detention in Barbados’ Dodds prison is in the number of illegally detained prisoners who have no hope of charges, trial or release.

USA’s Guantanamo has many illegally-held prisoners. Barbados has one: Raul Garcia.

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba…

‘GITMO’ in the language of the military: where the United States of America holds prisoners without without charges and without trial. The men imprisoned there are not prisoners of war, nor are they held under any law that is valid within the United States. Because the USA wishes to disobey and circumvent its own laws and Constitution, the Gitmo prisoners are held off US soil. This is because the government of the United States would not dare to do what it does at Gitmo within the borders of the USA.

At least not yet…

… so the USA has Guantanamo.

Barbados Government motto: ‘The law be damned.

It is a pity the DLP Barbados government of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is not at least as concerned as the USA is with technically obeying the laws of the land, because if our Barbados government was concerned with the law it would have to release Raul Garcia today.

Mr. Garcia is stateless. Over two years ago, he completed a 20 year sentence in Barbados for drug trafficking. He served his time and by all accounts is a reformed and model prisoner, and an accomplished artist. Perhaps even a man you would be proud to call your friend.

Why not call Raul Garcia your friend? People change, and good people occasionally get caught up in things that they shouldn’t have been involved in. Perhaps even some of your own friends.

Garcia has no place to go because the land of his birth, Cuba, will not take him back, nor will the USA where he spent his youth, accept him.

It is against Barbados law for the government to continue to hold Mr. Garcia in custody, let alone in a punitive facility… but our government continues to do so.

Prime Minister Stuart: BIG LIAR

48 days ago, Prime Minister Freundal Stuart promised to transfer Garcia from his punishment cell at Her Majesty’s Dodds prison, but Stuart is about as credible on that promise as he was on Integrity Legislation, Freedom of Information and Conflict of Interest policies.

Raul Garcia remains illegally imprisoned at Dodds.

Will Navanethem Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, hear the name ‘Raul Garcia’ during her visit? Will she ask to visit Garcia? Will our unlawful detention of an innocent man for over two years be a subject of conversation with PM Stuart or part of the public remarks of Ms. Pillay?

That is unfortunately up to the Barbados news media…

… government lapdogs that they are.

Official visit from United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today

… From the Barbados Advocate

UNITED Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanetham Pillay arrives on the island today in the first official visit by such an individual to an English-speaking Caribbean nation.

During the visit, she is expected to meet with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, Foreign Minister Maxine McClean and other government officials.

In addition, she will conduct talks with Senate President Kerryann Ifill, Opposition Leader Owen Arthur and Sir Dennis Byron, President of the Caribbean Court of Justice, also a longtime UN International Tribunal judge.

Pillay is also expected to hold talks with academics and members of civil society.

A South African national, Pillay was a judge for eight years on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. (JMB)


Filed under Barbados, Human Rights

40 responses to “United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights ignores Barbados’ Guantanamo South

  1. 189

    Barbados is good at Fraud , just give him a Barbados passport under a different name and put him on a plane ,
    If he was in @@@@@@ he can get 3 passports in what ever name he want and travel. Also a Birth papers

  2. robert ross

    @ BFP

    One thing strikes me. UNLESS we are able to join together – and not just talk here – what do we do? Isn’t this a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate our feelings? But how, where, with whom? I realise there’s the anonymity thing…but surely there are some things which transcend that? HELP, BFP

  3. 6856

    ^ Sounds like a cost-effective solution ^

    Simply advise him not to even TRY to re-enter Barbados again,
    because he is already Persona Non Grata,
    even before he left here (with the new Bajan passport).

  4. Green Monkey

    Human rights? Civil liberties? What quaint concepts left over from the, ahem, “pre-911” world.

    From the UK’s Daily Mail:

    Promises betrayed, and this stealthy slide into Big Brother Britain

    By James Slack

    PUBLISHED: 17:37 EST, 2 April 2012 | UPDATED: 02:36 EST, 3 April 2012

    Labour governments had a truly chilling disregard for this country’s ancient, hard-won freedoms.

    The DNA of more than a million innocent people was stored on a vast official database. Town Halls were given James Bond-style powers to spy on people suspected of putting their rubbish bins out on the wrong day. Plans were drawn up to hold terror suspects without charge for 90 days.

    Indeed, it was the desire to reduce the intrusive, liberty sapping powers amassed by the State which helped drive voters into the arms of the Lib Dems and the Conservatives — after both parties railed passionately in Opposition against the worst excesses of what must surely have been the most authoritarian Labour government in history.

    As a result, hopes were extremely high when, in 2010, the two parties were forced into government together, and included in their Coalition agreement a promise to ‘implement a full programme of measures to reverse the substantial erosion of civil liberties . . . and roll back state intrusion.’

    To many, these words now ring unforgivably hollow.


    Indeed, in some respects Coalition ministers are making matters worse.

    The Mail has been campaigning against their Kafka-esque proposals for secret justice that would allow some civil cases and — terrifyingly — inquests into police shootings and military deaths to be held in secret.

    Now ministers are disinterring plans, first put forward by Labour, to give public bodies sweeping new powers to snoop on the phone calls, emails, texts and website activity of everyone in the UK.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2124260/GCHQ-monitoring-plans-Stealthy-slide-Big-Brother-Britain.html#ixzz1qyw0bVT7

  5. Anonymous

    There maybe a bigger picture and Barbados looked as Little England,seem to behave in that manner , New World Order or One World Rule All ,. What they are doing is to PUT us back where we fought not to be .Slave under another name , no Rights , No Nothing.
    Make Africa fight each other as they do some thing else bigger , War with out guns but with wrong laws passed one at a time to restrict Free people.

  6. Buck

    He should be given Barbados papers as A lot worse got them !

    Free the man and at least let him have a day out to the beach tp paint COME ONNNNNNNNN.. @@@@@@ Canada!! Yeh


    Robert Ross, 189
    We are cant you see it , we just need to meet face to face.
    In less than 3 weeks

  8. mason

    lol all i seeing is a bunch of sarcasm , criticism and rhetoric.but no solid solutions that mek sense.

  9. what will they think of next

    That is a woman with sense.


    Barbados can not yet Act for it self , So how will they Act for some one they do not know . or even worry about their Rights.

  11. robert ross

    @ Plantation…of the BFParty

    Yes, I agree….as soon as…..

  12. robert ross

    @ Plantation

    or sooner…just write if you can….or give me locus and watch…and like the wise virgin I’ll be at the marriage feast.


    robert ross et al

    skype name lawfulman

  14. 138

    Why is it that no one from Barbados Free Press is stepping up and offering to stand custody for Garcia? Don’t you want him in your home? Shouldn’t Cuba be pushed to accept him? He is Cuban isn’t he? When Bajans and other West Indians commit crimes in the USA they are deported and we HAVE to accept them, though some of them have not seen Barbados for over 30 years and migrated to the US when less than 10 years old. Are we to reward this drug dealer by allowing him to live in one of the best countries in the world – one that he tried to destroy and f–k up by bringing in poison!!
    I may be wrong, but I am more than a little certain that there are several Venezuelans in Dodds. What if Chavez refuses to take them back when their sentences are up? do we keep them here too?
    Who supports them? Do they have any non-criminal skills? I support a lot of the positions on this blog, but never this one!!!!

  15. robert ross


    Plantation Deeds has offered to do so. Not sure what the next step is though.

  16. yatiniteasy

    @anonymous…you dont understand…Cuba is not a real Country, with a real Government.People who live there are not actually free…for example they are not free to leave the island. It is therefore accepted that he can not be sent there…just because that is where he was born.
    His situation is unique, and calls for a creative solution. Foon`s idea is to look into building a special place for the immigration department to keep him and others. This means that for several more years (if the place ever gets built) Garcia will continue to be jailed illegally in Barbados in a maximum security prison, when he has already served the full sentence that was handed down to him.
    There are not many things about Barbados for which I am ashamed, but this is one of them.

  17. 138

    So, yatiniteasy, what is the solution? Free him, feed him, clothe him and see after his accommodation and health care for life? It could be argued that we are doing all of these things right now! While I too agreed that when your debt to society is repaid you should be freed, freedom cant be seen as a reward and that is just what it would be in this case if this man is allowed to be free and stays in Bim..

  18. robert ross


  19. 70

    yep yep..the UN lady spoken, will see what happen now but BFP has to change the title of topic now….I guess…

  20. The last two comments are correct, I was part of a media cortege and interviewed her at UN House in Hastings today and also asked about Travyon Martin, editing and uploading video now

  21. BFP

    Hello Everyone,

    We’re happy that the UN Commissioner for Human Rights is no longer ignoring Raul Garcia. We’ll connect with Ian’s article and feature it when it’s ready.


  22. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xsEjvsrmHcShe said she only just learned of the prolonged sentence from the Chief Justice, Marston Gibson, and in her view Mr Garcia should be allowed freedom on his own recognizance while his Immigration status is finalised. The fact he continues to remain behind bars despite his full sentence having long been completed is utterly reprehensible. She says there are too many instances where Barbados has been tardy in administering Justice once accorded by local Courts.I just uploaded the video – am now setting story at my website…

  23. rastaman

    My question remains. Why was he kept in a Barbados prison at the taxpayers expense if he could not pay the fine.?He should have been put back on a plane to wherever he came from.What purpose does it serve to incarserate these people in Barbados.I see we have ujst done it again with a woman who was intransit to Belgium.Makes no sense to me but then again I am only a layman

  24. robert ross

    Well done Ian…how odd..heard about it from the CJ????? And Commissiong?

  25. @rastaman – it is a bit of a Conundrm… USA says he was permanent Resident but no longer as charged with Felony, while Cuba is not acknowledging his existence, the man does art so let him stay here as a Bajan. The second he spits on a sidewalk you have rights to ship him wherever or back in Dodds, I think he knows his precariousness and wouldn’t be stupid enough to jeopardise it?


    We are still here and await Mr Raul Garcia release , The offer still stands and the key is ready .His Family is welcome ,,for it can sleep 5 or 6 more with an air bed.

  27. robert ross

    @ Ian Bourne

    Would you like to respond to my remark to you immediately before your last to Rastaman? Your website says you were the first on your feet so the Commissioner’s comments about the CJ’s intervention would obviously have struck you forcibly.

  28. @Mr Ross – No she did not learn from Comissiong in the video, Ms Pillay clearly states it was His Honour Marston Gibson who made her aware of the matter, what I am more concerned about is all that Ms Pillay seems intent on doing is issue a letter? How strenuous is that? To what effect? She’s waiting 12 years on a report of Rights of The Child here in Barbados…

    I see the UN as a global judicial power in theory yet in reality it seems emasculated – when Blair & Bush Jr raided Baghdad, all the UN did was reprimand & issue sanctions.

    There should be some way the global body could have teeth, if you are not a UN member then certain privileges are denied, etc.

  29. As for the CJ, I have already established his heart’s in the right place but how long can his stance proceed unchallenged?

  30. robert ross

    @ Ian Bourne

    Yes, the video is absolutely clear. But whatever the nature of the CJ’s intervention, it is very odd. For me he is an enigma. From one perspective, how can the senior judicial officer possibly intervene in a situation which might turn into a case which might come before him? And it could.
    It implies that the Commissioner had never heard of Commissiong. Is he a dead duck? He was the obvious person to have raised it even if covertly supported by the CJ.
    And then, politically, the CJ is essentially saying we are a banana republic – so in that sense the intervention is dynamite – leaving aside all the obvious questions about the separation of powers.
    I find it all very odd. But yes, I WANT to BELIEVE his heart’s in the right place. But there are so many mysteries wrapped up in enigmas.

  31. robert ross

    @ Ian Bourne

    on ‘the UN as a global judicial power’
    But it doesn’t pretend to be that. The GA can only recommend; and though the SC can take binding decisions the entire edifice is rooted ultimately in national self-interest – hence the power of veto. It’s rather like saying ‘Why didn’t the League prevent WW2?’

  32. Here’s something very interesting – did someone make money off of my question? Trayvon Martin killing: UN human rights chief calls for investigation The Telegraph sources Barbados but not who… That was the very last question – which I asked and it struck Ms Pillay how I was only Bajan media to ask a global query, again, we come back to my issue where BFP seems not to agree unless it’s Bryan Walker and the Grass Snake? 😉

  33. I refer to my Chamber question, Viz. REDjet when BFP said I crossed lines?

  34. 189

    If the PM was a doctor ,no one would live , for he takes so long to act, Maybe he needs his eyes tested, to see better in his mind.

  35. robert ross

    @ Yatin and Frank Garcia

    Will you please confirm my understanding that Raul is NOT a naturalized US citizen.

  36. Mark Fenty

    @138, it is fundamentally unintelligible on your part to compare Cuba with the United States of America, in terms of its immigration policies. For one thing, United States of America obeys the laws of this international community in some respects, and Cuba doesn’t, especially its human rights policies.

  37. Mark Fenty

    @138, it is fundamentally unintelligible on your part to compare Cuba with the United States of America, in terms of its immigration policies. For one thing, United States of America obeys the laws of the international community in some respects, and Cuba doesn’t, especially its human rights policies.

  38. Mark Fenty

    @138, you must ask yourself the question, what was the immigration policy of the United States of America regarding naturalized citizens, resident aliens, and non-residences prior to September 11?
    Surely, they weren’t deported back to their respected countries if their committed a felony. Of course not, their served their time, and suffered the same sanctions which has been allotted to native born citizens. And as far as I know, there were two sanctions, the denial of the right to vote, and the right to carry a firearm. And not deportation which is the case in our turbulent times.

  39. Mark Fenty

    It is time that the third world countries start thinking for themselves. And abandon this co-dependent mentality of relying on countries such, as the United States of America, Great Britain, and Canada, to formulate their economic, and immigrations policies.

  40. Mark Fenty

    I admire the Chief Justice for his testicular fortitude, and uncommon courage to follow his moral conscience in the Garcia case. And not the public opinion of those Barbadians who lacks the scope and the mental faculty to distinguish what is morally wrong in this case.