SLP calls on government to clarify status on CARICOM-IMPACS report

The Saint Lucia party - SLP has called on the government to clarify the status of the CARICOM- IMPACS report.

Saint Lucia: The Saint Lucia party – SLP has called on the government to clarify the status of the CARICOM- IMPACS report.

The SLP recollects that it was under a – UWP- United Workers party government, that the Police had launched – Operation Restore Confidence in 2010-2011, before months of the general elections of – 2011 and that this operation ended in the shooting death of 12 citizens.

The Operation Restore Confidence also resulted in the US government applying the – Leahy Law to St Lucia in August 2013, cutting off aid to the RSLPF on the basis of credible accusations of – gross human rights violations by the police.

CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security – IMPACS also led to an investigation of the operation in 2014. The Labour Party government had submitted the Report to the then – Director of Prosecution in 2015.

During the general elections campaign of 2016 and on entering office in June 2016, the current Allen Chastanet government had promised that it would quickly settle all issues arising out of the CARICOM -IMPACS Report and would, in effect, make IMPACS- disappear in six months.

The matter has not been resolved till now, and the Saint Lucia Labour – SLP Party is calling on the ruling party for clarification of the status of the CARICOM- IMPACS Report. The SLP is calling on the ruling party to keep its promise to the police and settle the issue and bring an end to the needless pain and suffering of all those involved in this unfortunate incident.

CARICOM – IMPACS
CARICOM – IMPACS stands for Implementing Agency for Crime and Security. The IMPACS agency is considered as – the nerve centre of the CARICOM Region’s new – multilateral crime and security management architecture, specially designed to administer a collective response to the crime and security priorities of the Member States.