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

VOLUME ONE

PART 8

SOME MATTERS OF CONCERN THAT CAME TO THE ATTENTION OF THE T.R.C. DURING ITS INQUIRY

  1. That many who held political power grossly misused and even abused their positions of authority and privileges with much contempt.

  2. That many in authority totally disregarded the Constitution of Grenada and the rule of law.

  3. That many in authority callously disregarded and disrespected the basic and fundamental human rights of many.

  4. That during their arrest or detention, many persons were treated as guilty before their guilt was proven.

  5. That physical and psychological brutality, including torture, were used by many in authority against their perceived opponents or enemies.

  6. That there has been much political intolerance on the part of many who held political power for those who opposed them, or those who held a different political and socio-economic point of view, and those who opposed their method of leadership.

  7. That the methods and policies of governance of many in political authority instilled fear and resentment in many citizens.

  8. That there are many persons who have knowledge of the truth of certain events that happened during the period under review and who are either afraid, reluctant, or unwilling to come forward to say what they know.

  9. That although many years have passed since some of the tragedies that occurred during the period under review, there are many individuals and families who continue to suffer physically, psychologically and emotionally because of the hurts and wounds inflicted upon them and their loved ones.

  10. That many innocent persons, especially during the Revolutionary period (1979-1983), were summarily arrested, detained, imprisoned, in some instances for years without any just or truthful reasons.

  11. That many who held political authority were not always truthful or honest with the nation in what they said or promised. And in many instances the nation was brambled and deceived.

  12. That in October 1983, the then Prime Minister Maurice Bishop after being placed under house arrest, then freed by a number of citizens, went or was taken to Fort Rupert, and with other members of his regime, were in fact executed on the 19th October 1983.

  13. That apart from those Government officials who were executed on Fort Rupert on October 19th 1983, many other persons lost their lives during or as a result of that tragedy.

  14. That after the execution of Maurice Bishop and other members of his Government, their bodies were loaded on a truck, brought to Camp Calivigny, and burnt.

  15. That the remains of the burnt bodies of Maurice Bishop and others were unearthed from Camp Calivigny, brought to the St, George's University Lab for Identification, but, according to Dr. Robert Jordan, no trace of Maurice Bishop's remains were identifiable at the Lab.

  16. That compensation remains a major issue, even an obstacle to healing and reconciliation in Grenada.

  17. That many persons were dismissive of the T.R.C., even at the very beginning, without waiting to see the work of the Commission. Some also questioned the motive on the part of those who established the T.R.C.

  18. That healing and reconciliation in Grenada will remain elusive until and unless the whole truth of the major events that happened during the period under review is known.

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