Revue de presse du jeudi 29 mars 2018
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REVUE DE PRESSE DU JEUDI 29 MARS 2018
POLITIQUE - DIPLOMATIE
The St Kitts-Nevis Observer
A seasoned politician from another OECS Member State is weighing in on the constitutional matter involving the Opposition Leader Dr Denzil Douglas. Dr George Walker of the National Democratic Party of Saint Vincent says that Douglas should do the honourable thing and resign as a Member of Parliament for being in possession of a Dominican diplomatic passport. He says he clearly recalls the matter regarding two members of the People’s Action Movement, for which Douglas himself launched a campaign ; to disqualify them from taking part in the general elections and who eventually had to resign over a similar issue.
Dominica News Online
There seem to have been much tension at the last meeting of the Organisation of American States (OAS), when the twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago objected to a plea made by Dominica’s First Secretary at the OAS, for a two year waiver of fees owed to the Organisation by Dominica. Trinidad & Tobago was the only member state to object to that plea of leniency. Despite the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria last year September, Trinidad insists that Dominica should still pay.
ECONOMIE - AFFAIRE - FINANCE
St Lucia News Online
Out of the 259 persons who have been granted citizenship/passport under the Citizenship by Investment Programme in Saint Lucia, six individuals had their citizenship revoked because according to a Gazetted document signed by the Prime Minister who is responsible for the programme, they committed acts which may bring the country to disrepute. There has been much criticism of the CIP by the opposition but the CEO of the Unit says the vetting is rigorous.
SECURITE - JUSTICE – DROITS HUMAINS
Prime Minister Keith Mitchell, speaking at swearing-in ceremony of his new Cabinet, says there must be dialogue again about Grenada joining the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). In a referendum which took place last year November Grenadians voted no to moving away from the UK based Privy Council and joining the regional court. A former member of the Constitution Reform Advisory Committee, Ruggles Ferguson, is in support of the call by the Prime Minister to reopen dialogue on the issue.
A few years ago the United States of America imposed restrictions on the Royal Saint Lucia Police force, under the Leahy Law, after police officers were found to have been credibly implicated in a serious abuse of human rights. It has been reported that Saint Lucia and the United States of America are working closely together to lift those restrictions.
Minister of Social Care and Community Development has made it clear both to internal and external forces that same-sex marriage will not be tolerated in Barbados. Though he did not name the forces, but it is clear that he was referring to a report by Human Rights Watch, a human rights organization closely linked to the United Nations.
ENVIRONNEMENT – CHANGEMENT CLIMATIQUE
Dominica’s Ambassador to the Organisation of American States and the United States, Dr Vince Henderson, has assured his fellow countrymen that despite setbacks as a result of Hurricane Maria, the country is fully committed to have its first geothermal plant by mid-2020 ; six month passed the original schedule.