OBSTACLES TO HEALING AND RECONCILIATION
IN GRENADA AS IDENTIFIED BY THE TRUTH
AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION
THE CONTINUED INCARCERATION OF THE FORMER LEADERS OF
THE P.R.G. AND THE P.R.A.
(ALSO KNOWN AS THE GRENADA 17)
Based on information gathered from many different sources, the continued incarceration of the "Grenada 17" continues to be a major cause of division among Grenadians, as well as a barrier to reconciliation.
There continues to be a lot of controversy however, surrounding the issue of the "Grenada 17", especially the circumstances surrounding their trial and appeal. While some maintain that they should remain imprisoned, many others maintain that they should be freed if there is to be genuine healing and reconciliation in the nation. The Commission recognizes that the ultimate fate of the "Grenada 17" is a matter for the Court and the Legal system, since the main objective of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is to deal with the healing and reconciliation process. The T.R.C. was not set up to be a Court of Law or to find anyone guilty or innocent for that matter. Its Terms of Reference clearly states its objectives (see volume 2 Appendix A) of this Report.
The T.R.C. recommends, however, that as far as it is possible and in the interest of national healing and reconciliation, arrangements could be made, and proper security structures be put in place so that the families of those who died on the Fort, or as a result of that tragedy, as well as living victims of the P.R.G. regime, can confront the "Grenada 17" in an open hearing.
Such a meeting, if it were to take place, will be a difficult and painful experience for many on both sides. However, such face-to-face encounter can be cathartic. Family members of those who were executed, as well as living victims of the P.R.G. regime should have an opportunity to meet face-to-face with those who allegedly executed their loved ones, tortured and brutalized others, and ask them questions about the tragedy. It is their right to know exactly what happened and why, and they should not be denied such an opportunity. The truth did not die with those who died. A lot of truth remains alive with many of the living. The truth must be known.