MANDATE AND TERMS OF REFERENCE
Pursuant to its mandate in accordance with its Terms of Reference, the Commission proceeded to enquire into political events which occurred in Grenada during the period 1976 to 1991 with particular reference to events leading up to and including those of 13th March 1979; certain shooting deaths during March to December 1983; events leading up to and including those of 19th October 1983 when various persons including Prime Minister Bishop and other Ministers of Government died and their bodies have not been since found; and foreign intervention by armed forces of the United States and the Caribbean.
(A full text of the Terms of Reference of the Commission is included in this Report in Volume 2, Appendix A).
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TERMS OF REFERENCE
- Within six (6) months from the date of the first sitting of the Commission, or within a reasonable period thereafter, to inquire into and record certain political events which occurred in Grenada during the period of 1st January, 1976 to 31st December, 1991, with particular reference to the following:
- the events leading up to and including those of 13th March, 1979 and repercussions;
- the shooting deaths of various persons at Plains, Mount Rose and Mount Rich in St. Patrick's during the period 13th March  to 31st December 1983;
- the events leading up to and including those of 19th October 1983 with particular reference to the following:
- the root causes of the general political turmoil in the State;
- the circumstances surrounding the deaths of various persons, including the Prime Minister and other Ministers of Government, on what was then referred to as Fort Rupert (now Fort George).
- to ascertain as far as it is practicable the identities and total number of persons who lost their lives on Fort Rupert;
- the disposal of the bodies of those who lost their lives on Fort Rupert;
- foreign intervention by armed forces of the United States and the Caribbean in October, 1983.
- To recommend indemnity to various persons who give what is considered to be truthful evidence at the inquiry.
- Within three (3) months from the date of the last sitting of the Commission for the hearing of evidence or within a reasonable period thereafter, to report and make recommendations on matters relating to the above with particular attention being given to the following objectives:
- to seek to uncover the truth behind certain political events which occurred in Grenada during the period 1st January 1976 to 31st December, 1991;
- to provide the nation with a proper and comprehensive understanding of those political events as referred to above, so that any mistakes made in the past may not be repeated;
- to provide the nation with an opportunity to become genuinely reconciled and be permanently healed;
- generally to make such recommendations as the Commission may find fit in all the circumstances.
The Chairman of the Commission is Hon. Donald A.B. Trotman, retired High Court Judge.
The other Commissioners are Bishop Sehon Goodridge, Anglican Bishop of the Windward Islands and Dr. Mark Haynes, local Roman Catholic priest.
The Secretary of the Commission is Ms. Claudette Joseph, Attorney-at-Law.
The inquiry shall be held in public; however, the Commissioners shall be entitled to exclude any particular person or persons for the preservation of order for the due conduct of the inquiry or for any other reason.
The Commission urges all persons who may have information relevant to events which took place during the periods under consideration to come forward and to share this information.
The Commission also wishes to advise that persons may submit written memoranda outlining any relevant evidence which such persons might have.
Memoranda must be addressed to the Chairman, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Scott Street, St. George's or may be delivered at the said address at any time between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.
Phone numbers are: 435-2962 or 2963