Trinidad and Tobago: 1) Ability of police to protect citizens; 2) Relations between police and public; 3) Information on Human Rights Situation
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 October 1989|
|Citation / Document Symbol||TTO2673|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Trinidad and Tobago: 1) Ability of police to protect citizens; 2) Relations between police and public; 3) Information on Human Rights Situation, 1 October 1989, TTO2673, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6aaec9b.html [accessed 12 March 2014]|
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1. The Encyclopedia of the Third World states that "Criminal statistics are published annually. Since the early 1960s, serious crimes have risen by over 200%, while prosecutions and convictions have risen by only 77% and 30%, respectively. Convictions for narcotics trafficking have risen by 600% since 1968." [Kurian, G. T.; "Encyclopedia of the Third World" III edition, Vol II, Facts on File, Inc., New York, N.Y. 1987, p. 1983.].
2. One source claims that racial tensions exist regarding the police's force ethnic composition as it is "... predominantly (about 95%) Negro in its ethnic composition, leading to frequent complaints by East Indians." [Ibid, p.1983.]
3. There are also reports of alleged police brutality and instances of persons being shot by police. These allegations have prompted "... questions as to whether the use of lethal force by police was justified." [Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1986, Department of State, Washington D.C., February 1989, p. 712. See also issues 1987 and 1988, p. 640 and 617, respectively.]
4. As requested, please find attached copies of the following documents:
a) Copies of all the quotations made on the text.
b) Amnesty International, Reports on Trinidad and Tobago for 1986, 1987, 1988.
c) Gastil, R. D. "Freedom in the World", Freedom House, 1988.
d) Humana, C.; World Human Rights Guide, The Economist, The Economist Publications Ltd.; London, 1986.