METHODOLOGY AND FUNCTIONING OF THE COMMISSION
Since the main objectives of the inquiry were to seek to uncover the truth behind the aforementioned events and to provide the nation with a proper and comprehensive understanding of them and with the opportunity to become permanently reconciled and permanently healed, the Commission devised a plan of action that would enable it to garner evidence, ideas and opinions from as many persons as possible so that its findings and recommendations could be adequately informed, beneficially implemented and generally accepted.
Accordingly, the Commission:
- Held public sittings and heard oral evidence from individuals and representative groups/organisations at its Scott Street Secretariat in St. George, such evidence being given on oath or by affirmation.
- Received and examined memoranda and letters from individuals and organizations submitted on their own initiative or by written invitation from the Commission.
- Met and held public discussions with residents of several parishes in Grenada and Carriacou in organized outreach programmes.
- Enlisted the services of a Public Relations Officer and 2 Field Officers to promote the aims and objectives of the TRC; arranged public awareness and sensitization programmes; and notified and informed the public of events planned by the Commission.
- Gave interview to the public media on the work and progress of the Commission; and invited comments and questions from the listening public.
- Paid goodwill visits and courtesy calls to some eminent persons whom the Commission considered could give helpful information and advice on matters concerning its work.
- Visited and held conversations with family members of victims of person who died as a result of the violent events between 1976 and 1983.
- Designed and circulated in many parishes and districts a questionnaire soliciting relevant answers and opinions.
- Examined relevant reports of previous inquiries, studies and publication on events occurring in Grenada during 1976 to 1991; and legal documents and statues.
- Issued press releases.
Consequently many public sittings were held at which oral evidence was heard from approximately seventy persons; and several letters and memoranda were received (see Volume 2, Appendix B & Volume 3, Appendix A). Public discussions within the outreach programmes took place in several venues (See Volume 2, Appendix D).
Several interview were given by Commission members to the public media. Courtesy calls were paid and conversations held with several persons, including some of the families of some of the victims of the tragedy on Fort Rupert, on October 19, 1983.
The Questionnaire (See Volume 2, Appendix E) which was widely circulated, provided responses from several persons and an analysis and summary of the answers obtained by this questionnaire appears in (Volume 2, Appendix E).
Among the reports and other documents examined were the Duffus Report (1975), the Report of the Claims Commission (1988); the Trotman/Friday Survey (1984); Constitution of Grenada (1973). A full list of these documents and materials are included in this Report in (Volume 2, Appendix R).