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The People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) yesterday told the press that the government could run but it would not be able to hide. The party was commenting on the torture allegations made against the Joint Services over the recent months.According to party leader Robert Corbin, the refusal of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic to debate the PNCR motion on torture, which was tabled by Aubrey Norton in Parliament, has once again demonstrated its unwillingness to seriously examine and investigate the allegations of torture made against the Joint Services in Guyana.Mr Corbin told the media, yesterday, that it was evident that the government seems bent on ensuring that the Motion on Torture becomes obsolete, by creating the conditions that would ensure a natural and continual deferral of the debate.He said that the government had indicated prior to the recess that the PNCR motion on torture would be debated at the first sitting of the National Assembly following the Parliamentary recess of 2008.That recess ended on October 10. The National Assembly sat for the first time following the recess on Thursday October 16 and met again on the following Friday.He said that the Torture motion was listed on the Order paper for debate on both days,Andrew Franks Dolphins Jersey, but it was obvious by Friday that there was a strategy to ensure that the Motion could not be debated, citing “the excessively long, repetitive and verbose presentations of Prime Minister Sam Hinds on Thursday and Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee, on Friday, followed by a long list of Government speakers who regurgitated the same verbiage, ensured that the Motion did not see the light of day.”He added that the continuous deferral of Motions, such as the one on torture, and the PPP refusal to indicate support for the Freedom of Information Bill,Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic, exposes its continual disregard of the fundamental rights of citizens as provided for in the Constitution.He added that the ruling party recognises that the debate on Torture in Parliament will expose the failure of the administration to effectively discharge its mandate and responsibility as required by the provisions of the International Convention on Torture to which Guyana is a signatory.“The debate will also expose their failure to publish the Report on Torture by the GDF and their continued reluctance to mount independent inquiries against these serious allegations…The government can run but it cannot hide. Jagdeo and the PPP will be made to account.”When the torture motion came up in the National Assembly, there was the belief that the report emanating from the investigations would also be made public.For several months now, the long-awaited report into the investigations of torture by the Joint Services has been kept secret,Authentic MLB Jerseys Online, despite its completion.The motion also calls for the government to honour its treaty obligations under Article 10 of the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment by ensuring that public officials are made aware that all forms of torture are prohibited.Another aspect of the motion that Norton is pushing also seeks to ensure that any individual who alleges he/she has been subjected to torture has the right to complain to, and to have his case promptly and impartially examined by competent authorities.” The motion also seeks to compensate those persons found to have been tortured.Recently, during a press briefing, Norton charged that if the report was not released soon, his party would release the names of two officers from the Military Investigations Department, who are allegedly implicated in the report.The party executive insisted that the Administration has adamantly refused to publish the report on torture, which is based on investigations conducted by the Guyana Defence Force (GDF).He noted that the PNCR has held, and continues to hold,Cheap Jerseys From China, the view that the Administration is reluctant to release the report,Wholesale NFL Jerseys, because it fingers members of the army who are reportedly close to the administration.“However, the names of the officers concerned are well known, and in one particular instance have been placed in the public domain.”When asked why he was reluctant to release the names,Wholesale NFL Jerseys, Norton said that he wanted to give the relevant authority the opportunity to uphold its end of the undertaking.The GDF has reported publicly that it has handed in its report to the Defence Board. The contents of the report have, however, not seen the light of day.The PNCR has long called for the publishing of the report, stressing that Guyana has acquired a reputation in the English-speaking Caribbean for engaging in brutal acts such as torture.On April 4 last, Secretary to the Defence Board, Dr. Roger Luncheon had announced that a board of inquiry would be set up to investigate allegations of torture purportedly committed by members of the GDF.Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee had promised the investigation, following statements by the PNCR that torture was a new tactic Government had introduced in crime fighting.The prominent allegations of torture emanated from two Buxtonians – Patrick Sumner, 30, and Victor Anthony Jones, 32 — as well as from some army ranks who claimed that they were tortured during investigations into the missing AK-47 assault rifles.
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