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

VOLUME ONE

PART 9

OTHER RELEVANT RECOMMENDATIONS

Based on the evidence and testimony of some of the persons who came before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Its examination of relevant documents; the political events of the period under review; its own findings; and in the interest of healing and reconciliation in Grenada, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission wishes to make the following relevant and additional recommendations.

  1. That this Commission's Report be made available for public information.

  2. That the incumbent Governor-General of Grenada initiates the establishment of a National Reconciliation Council whose purpose and objective would be to facilitate and sustain the continuing process of healing and reconciliation in Grenada.

  3. The Commission also recommends that the proposed National Reconciliation Council be as broad-based as possible, and may include the following:

    • Members of Government and Opposition Political parties
    • The Grenada Bar Association
    • The Conference of Churches Grenada and other religious bodies
    • Trade Unions
    • Youth Groups
    • NGO's
    • Any other person(s) or agency(ies) as the Governor-General may consider necessary

  4. That Governments must do all in their power to avoid all measures that would create disharmony, lead to citizens' dissatisfaction, or sow seeds of division, discontent and violence among the population.

  5. That Government authorities, the judiciary, the police, other Government institutions and agencies, and all other public and private institutions must respect people's fundamental human and constitutional rights at all times.

  6. In accordance with the principle of due process, when an individual or individuals are arrested or detained, they should be treated humanely; and should be treated as innocent until proven guilty.

  7. There must be more tolerance for people of differing political views and opinions in society.

  8. That the curriculum of schools include matters contained in the T.R.C.'s Report that the relevant authority may consider necessary so that students of today and for generations to come may have knowledge of that aspect of their history.

  9. That all Government officials and citizens of Grenada should familiarize themselves with the provisions of the several United Nations instruments for the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms; the provisions of the Inter-American Convention of Human Rights; and the Grenada Constitution.

  10. The T.R.C. also recommends that before setting up any Commission of inquiry - such as that of the T.R.C. - the relevant authority should ensure greater public awareness of such Commission, and all appropriate machinery be put in place so that the Commission's work may be effectively done.

  11. That successive Governments should engage in more political inclusion rather than political exclusion, thereby involving more citizens in the political process of the country.

  12. That the relevant authority re-opens or commences an inquiry into the disappearance of the many Grenadians who went missing, as well as those who died under suspicious circumstances during the period under review. This may be done under the provisions of the Coroner's Act, the Commissions of Inquiry Act or other relevant legislation.

  13. That the citizens of Grenada should be vigilant in choosing their political and other leaders. Such vigilance should involve proper scrutiny of the integrity, and the moral and social record of those who present themselves for positions of leadership and public trust; and ensure transparency and accountability on the part of all those who hold public office.

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