Committee on Crime and Violence to be Established in Parliament


However, these efforts have been met with very little success, as the number of victims keeps rising, on an annual basis. It is believed that over 350 persons have been killed by violent means, in the past 15 years, and authorities have not managed to solve and successfully prosecute most of the perpetrators.

Part of the efforts to arrest the situation, has included the introduction of new legislation, regulations and other measures, but now the government is attempting to take even one more action, that it hopes would help to produce the intended benefits, of crime reduction.

According to a statement from the government on Wednesday, 10th August, 2011), a draft resolution for the establishment of a Select Committee on Crime and Violence will be tabled during the sitting of the St. Kitts and Nevis National Assembly, on Friday, 12th August, 2011.

The resolution, according to the statement, was brought to Cabinet on Monday, (8th August, 2011, by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Mr. Sam Condor.

Minister of Information, Sen. Nigel Carty said the draft resolution will establish an all-party committee that will advise Parliament on legislative matters with respect to crime and violence, and to investigate and report on other matters related to the fight against crime including the human and material resource requirements for effective discharge of responsibilities by the Ministry of National Security.

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