By a curious coincidence, Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has announced a date for general elections there – February 21st - on the same day that this writer contacted local media about the human rights abuse petition I have filed with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights against Stuart’s government.
Stuart has been under pressure for months to call the elections, constitutionally due by May this year.
According to the Nation online, PM Stuart “announced that he has already officially notified Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave and the appropriate proclamation has been duly issued.”
The Nomination Day for candidates, says the Nation report, is set for next Wednesday, February 6th.
Hours ago this writer started to inform Barbadian media houses about the human rights abuse petition I have lodged with the Organization of American States’ (OAS) based Inter American Commission on Human Rights against Stuarts Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration.
The petition also names former Prime Minister Owen Arthur, leader of the main Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP).
Prominent Pan Africanist David Comissiong and Principal of the University of the West Indies, Sir Hilary Beckles, both with known, long-standing ties to the ruling DLP are also named in the Intelek petition.
At approximately 5:00 pm (UK time), I spoke to Nation newspaper acting Editor in Chief Eric Smith.
I had called to speak to former Editor in Chief Kaymar Jordan, with whom I worked (as a stringer) at the Caribbean News Agency – CANA.
I was informed that Ms. Jordan had parted ways with the Nation last October, following a “disagreement”.
I am not saying that there is a causal relationship between my contacting the Nation and the calling of the general election by Prime Minister Stuart.
I am merely speculating, “out loud”, so to speak, on that possibility.
Might PM Stuart be concerned about the possible impact of revelations of his party’s indifference to the plight of this “son-of-the-soil” in the local media?
Or, and perhaps more intriguingly, might he be of the view that such political and other machinations of DLP and BLP members as I have been exposing and will continue to expose may actually work in his favour?
After all, I have identified Stuart as a possible “innocent”, unwitting participant in the Barbadian-elites led conspiracy of silence and campaign of character assassination that I have been battling against for a number of years now.
Maybe Mr. Stuart has recognized where my comparison of Barbadian “Father of Independence” Errol Barrow and Republican and other exploiters of the United States’ “founding fathers’” patrimony may be headed.
Readers will note that my previous Allvoices article, analyzing US President Barack Obama’s January 21st inaugural speech takes up this issue and I have indicated that I will be exploring it further imminently.
I think it is fair to say that many Barbadians view the DLP’s barking-up the Barrow “black- family-tree” as a fundamentally exploitative, race-baiting political ploy - comparable to that used by Zimbabwean Presidentto justify his regime's violation of some Zimbabweans' human rights.
I personally initiated my human rights abuse petition against Barbadian politicians and political activists on December 20th last year, using the IACHR's online petition submission form.
However, having been advised by an OAS staff member that such petitions may take 4 years to be dealt with, I am curently seeking the assistance of legal professionals, including Cherie Blair OBE, QC, wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, whom I met briefly when she did a promotional talk on her autobiography in Norwich a few years ago.
The Blairs are known to be fond of Barbados, having vacationed there on a number of occasions, as guests of British pop icon Cliff Richards who owns property there.
I am hoping that this connection will motivate Mrs Blair to help me redress a culture of political corruption on the island that has come under the international spotlight since the rape trial fiasco involving British women Rachel Turner and Diane Davies.
I am also seeking to enlist the support of my local Norwich MP, Liberal Democrat, Simon Wright.
I am determined to draw on all the resources at my disposal to ensure that this matter is resolved to my satisfaction.
Readers will recall that I have even written an open letter to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in my quest for justice.
While Barbados gained "independence" in 1966, all of the islands Parliamentarians are still required to swear allegiance to the British Crown upon assuming office.