SAN JUAN – The U.S. Embassy in Barbados has called on the government of St. Lucia to ensure the rule of law regarding 12 extrajudicial killings that took place in 2010-2011.
“We respect St Lucia’s separation of powers, but emphasize the entire government’s role in guaranteeing that each branch has the tools and resources to fulfill its commitments to the rule of law,” the embassy said in a statement issued late Tuesday.
Members of the St. Lucia Police Force were accused of 12 extrajudicial executions in 2010-2011, when the United Workers Party was in power.
In August 2014, the administration of current Prime Minister Kenny Anthony turned to the Caribbean Community’s Implementation Agency for Crime and Security, or IMPACS, for help in the matter.
The agency arranged for a team of eight investigators from the Jamaican Constabulary Force to investigate the deaths.
The U.S. Embassy in Barbados said that progress “on pursuing justice in these killings halted” after the CARICOM report was released in March 2015.
“Despite the significance of the IMPACS report for human rights, national security concerns, and St Lucia’s international reputation, the government of St Lucia has made no meaningful progress towards criminal prosecution in 10 months,” the statement read.
There has been no reaction so far from the government of St. Lucia to the U.S. statement.