Former premier alleges human rights violations

 In his letter, a copy of which has been obtained by the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), Misick complained of a number of human rights violations “that have been taking place in the Turks and Caicos Islands in general, and to me and some of my former Cabinet ministers in particular”.

He said those violations are as a result of the stand taken by “our political party, the Progressive National Party (PNP), and my Administration which was in office from 2003 to 2009, on advancing and achieving independence for our country.

“The violations have been conducted by the British Government and their Interim Administration in the Turks and Caicos Islands,” said Misick, for whom an international arrest warrant has been issued.

The International Police (INTERPOL) has also authorised a “Red Notice” after the British authorities  say they have been trying to locate Misick “ in respect of allegations of corruption and money laundering during his time in office”.

London in August 2009 resumed daily administration of the affairs of the British Overseas Territory, disbanded the locally elected government and suspended the legislature after a Commission of Inquiry said it found widespread corruption under the Misick administration.

The former premier, who resigned in March 2009, after the commission made its findings public, has been calling on all Turks and Caicos Islanders, churches and political parties to put differences aside and “unite to fight the common enemy — the British”.

In his letter to Pillay, the former government leader said the actions of the British officials “contravene the UN Universal Declaration on Human Rights plus a number of other international conventions to which the British are a signatory”.

He listed a number of the conventions that have been violated including the UN Universal Declaration on Human Rights; the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the UN Charter

In addition, Misick, whose whereabouts are unknown, also claimed that there is no independence of the Judiciary; there is also interference with the right to a political life, with Governor Ric Todd and Attorney General Huw Shepheard bringing legal action to “unlawfully confiscate our party headquarters and to demolish it”.

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