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Saint Kitts and Nevis: Information on whether active members of the Labour Party are at risk now; and on whether the government called in advisors from the FBI, CIA and Scotland Yard to assist in reviving the army with the goal of suppressing civil unrest and perhaps impeding democracy

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 May 1995
Citation / Document Symbol KNA20794.E
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Saint Kitts and Nevis: Information on whether active members of the Labour Party are at risk now; and on whether the government called in advisors from the FBI, CIA and Scotland Yard to assist in reviving the army with the goal of suppressing civil unrest and perhaps impeding democracy, 1 May 1995, KNA20794.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ab1880.html [accessed 1 November 2014]
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Information on the above-mentioned subjects could not be found among the sources consulted by the DIRB.

The only reference to Scotland Yard cooperating with St. Kitts and Nevis authorities was found in the Sunday Telegraph, Mail on Sunday and AP, all of which describe a Scotland Yard investigation of the apparent drug-related deaths of the deputy prime minister's son and girlfriend, and later a local police officer (29 Jan. 1995; 20 Nov. 1994; 29 Oct. 1994). For additional information, please consult the attached articles.

The Sunday Telegraph also reports that St. Kitts and Nevis has no army (29 Jan. 1995). According to both The Encyclopedia of the Third World and The Europa World Yearbook 1994 St. Kitts and Nevis disbanded its army in 1981, replacing it with a Volunteer Defence Force and a tactical police unit (1992, 1630; 1994, 2527). The Europa World Yearbook 1994 also states that St. Kitts and Nevis participates in the United States sponsored Regional Security System which was formed by the Organization of East Caribbean states in 1982 and comprises police, coastguard and army units (ibid.). A small detachment of the force was sent to St. Kitts in 1993 to help local police maintain order during demonstrations following the 1993 general elections (ibid.).

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.

References

The Associated Press (AP). 29 October 1994. Dawud Byron. "Drug Trafficking Behind Disappearances, Murder: Detective." (NEXIS)

The Encyclopedia of the Third World. 1992. 4th ed. Vol. 3. Edited by George Thomas Kurian. New York: Facts on File.

The Europa World Yearbook 1994. 1994. 35th ed. Vol. 2. London: Europa Publications.

Mail on Sunday [London]. 20 November 1994. Chester Stern. "Scotland Yard Chief Risks All to Solve Caribbean Crime Riddle." (NEXIS)

Sunday Telegraph [London]. 29 January 1995. Nick Farrell. "The Devil in St. Kitts." (NEXIS)

Attachments

The Associated Press (AP). 29 October 1994. Dawud Byron. "Drug Trafficking Behind Disappearances, Murder: Detective." (NEXIS)

Mail on Sunday [London]. 20 November 1994. Chester Stern. "Scotland Yard Chief Risks All to Solve Caribbean Crime Riddle." (NEXIS)

Sunday Telegraph [London]. 29 January 1995. Nick Farrell. "The Devil in St. Kitts." (NEXIS)

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