LETTER: Caricom has suddenly become dumb, deaf and blind to Guyana’s current political crisis

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Dear Editor,

Caricom should ensure that Governments have abiding respect for human rights, the rule and law, and take action to ensure social and economic justice, should also provide proactive, visionary leadership for promoting and reinforcing the spirit and commitment to regional integration, emphasizing transparency, accountability and operational excellence within all organs and institutions of Caricom countries.

Caricom rests on four main pillars: economic integration; foreign policy coordination; human and social development; and security. “However I was shocked when Mr Pat Robinson was trying to protect Caricom for their silence and reluctance to speak out on the present political situation in Guyana.

The Caribbean Court of Justice is a creation of Caricom, despite which countries may use it as their final Court, as such Caricom must ensure that the CCJ is not being made ineffective, as such must ensure that judgement issued must be honoured and respected by all stakeholders.

The claims of Mr Pat Robinson that Caricom will continue to remain silent because they are not political is “total garbage ” since Caricom was one of the first organisations that spoken out on political situations in Guyana after the 15th December 1997 elections. In fact the then PPP/C Government has committed itself in facilitating every effort by the Caribbean Community (Caricom) to have a successful intervention of a top-level CARICOM Goodwill Mission to Georgetown, to diffuse three weeks of tension that gripped the city after the PNC rejected the poll results. The Mission, comprising eminent Barbadian Sir Henry Forde, Guyanese Sir Shridath Ramphal, and Grenadian Sir Alister McIntyre, succeeded in getting minority leader Desmond Hoyte to agree to a poll audit, among other things, to agree with President Janet Jagan.

In a press release on the 1st June 1998, (Ref#:43/1998/868), Caricom committed in playing a major role in the implementation of the Herdmanston Accord it brokered with Guyana’s political parties post 1997 elections unrest.

So the question is why Caricom suddenly became dumb, deaf and blind on the present situation that is strangling Guyana’s democracy, but reacted in three weeks during the post elections unrest in 1997. Caricom silence may remain because the PPP/C is not destructive enough to get the attention of Caricom.

Regards,

Zamal Hussain