THE PNCR CONDEMNS THE GUNNING DOWN OF A SIXTEEN-YEAR OLD BOY BY RANKS OF THE GUYANA POLICE FORCE--PRESS RELEASE Wednesday 9 June 2010




The People’s National Congress Reform is shocked and appalled at the recent police killing of 16 year old Kelvin Anthony Fraser by Ranks of the Guyana Police Force at West Bank Demerara. This incident comes at a time when the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security headed by Human Services Minister, Ms. Priya Manickchand, continues to preach about the Rights of the Child, Protecting children, and the expansion of the Child Protection Unit at that Ministry. It is amazing the manner in which the Guyana Police Force has interpreted their duty to protect the rights of our children.

One would have expected that the recent national and international condemnation of the torture of a fourteen-year old at Leonora Police Station would have caused the Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee and the Commissioner of Police to rein in their ranks. It is obvious that nothing significant has been done to ensure that the GPF lives up to its motto to serve and protect.

President Jagdeo recently proclaimed that children are important to his Government but it is obvious that those were mere words. Is this how the PPP/C Administration takes care of children? Is this what they deserve? Are the police not responsible for protecting our children? So why are they violating them through torture and murder?

It has been more than four years since the Disciplined Services Commission made more than one hundred and fifty recommendations for the improvement in performance of the Guyana Police Force. Instead of implementing those recommendations, the PPP/C had done all in its power to delay the consideration of those recommendations by a select Committee of the National Assembly. It is, therefore, ironic that the killing of this teenager by the Police has occurred just as the National Assembly will finally discuss, (tomorrow, Thursday June 9, 2010) the Motion to adopt the report of the Disciplined Service Commission.

Is the Guyana Police force sending a signal that they are a Law unto themselves? Whatever may be the answer the PNCR holds the Minister of Home Affairs and the Commissioner accountable for the indiscipline and lawless behaviour. The PNCR condemns this recent outrage and calls for urgent disciplinary action as well as adequate and full compensation to the family of the victim.

The PNCR takes this opportunity to convey its sincere condolences to the parents, siblings and other relatives of the deceased at this sad period of their lives.



People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia
Georgetown, Guyana
Wednesday 9 June 2010