Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Grenada
Report on certain political events
which occurred in Grenada 1976-1991

VOLUME ONE

PART 6

Section 2:

ASSESSMENT OF EVIDENCE AND
TESTIMONY OF WITNESSES

It is quite evident from the testimonies and evidence of many of the persons who came to the T.R.C. that from the Gairy days right up to the demise of the Revolution in 1983, some very serious atrocities were committed in Grenada. There were some violent and highly illegal conduct on the part of many individuals at high levels of authority. Some of those people literally terrorized Grenada and Grenadians.

There is a serious question that must be asked here, namely:

Were some people's basic human rights violated during the period under review?

Based on some of the treatment meted out to some persons at their detention and imprisonment, one may also ask:

Were some people treated as guilty before their innocence was ascertained, rather than treated as innocent until proven guilty?

What is also evident is that there are many people in Grenada today who bear marks of slaughter on their bodies, and who continue to have permanent physical, mental, and psychological scars and wounds. The pain, hurt, anguish, and agony are present in the lives of many.

Another thing that emerged from the testimonies and evidence of some witnesses is that many persons who were detained and imprisoned, even tortured and brutally treated during the revolutionary period, were in fact supporters of the revolution in the beginning. Some even worked for the Revolution, but were suspected or accused at some point of being counter-revolutionaries and subversives plotting or collaborating with others to overthrow the Revolution. In most, if not in all instances, falsely so.

Compensation was by far, the most overwhelming concern of the majority of those who came before the T.R.C. Understandably so, because so many of those who suffered excruciating violence, and various forms of atrocities, loss of personal possessions, properties and even livelihood, were either not compensated at all, or not adequately and justly Some of the more serious cases demand re-visitation, with the possibility of providing adequate reparation and just compensation.

One thing is absolutely certain, that after all that were (sic) done and said, all is not well in Grenada—even today. As was said earlier in this Report, reconciliation is not an option, but a must in Grenada. There are those who have said that the T.R.C. will only open old wounds. But most wounds - whether physical, mental, or psychological - would never be healed until and unless they are exposed, uncovered, and dealt with, no matter how painful the process might be.

Those physical, mental and psychological wounds are present in many Grenadians today at different levels. Some of them are overt and obvious, some are covert and not so obvious, but they are there.

The T.R.C. would like to suggest that the whole truth of what happened during the period under review may never be known to this generation, but no lie lasts forever. The T.R.C. may not have discovered the whole truth regarding certain events of the period under review, because the Commission encountered many obstacles in pursuit of the truth, but the truth is yet to be known. There are those who know the truth but will not speak, who know what happened but will not come forward, and only the truth will stand the test of time, and set Grenada and Grenadians free.

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