Committee for Human Rights in Granada - Help desperately needed

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The Committee for Human rights in Grenada (UK) need to raise approximately of £20,000 in the next few months to enable the ‘Grenada17’ to take their legal case to the Privy Council in London.

Since the unlawful US invasion of Grenada in 1983 the 17 political prisoners have been incarcerated in Richmond Hill Prison. The 17 were detained for months without access to their lawyers and members of their family; during this time they were interrogated by members of the invading forces, and torture statements were extracted from many of the prisoners and later used in their trial as evidence of their guilt. The trial of the 17 was heard in an unconstitutional court set up as a ‘Court of Necessity’ in the grounds of the prison, before a contract judge brought in for this one case.

The Grenada 17 have always strenuously protested their innocence and believe if they had been received a free and fair trial then no reasonable jury would have convicted them of any crime. Instead they have been denied their liberty for almost 22 years and the people of Grenada have been denied the truth about the tragic events that occurred on October 19th 1983.

Amnesty International, as well as many legal experts, have openly criticised the trial and its countless irregularities, stating that the trial was ‘Fatally Flawed’ and did not meet international standards governing fairness of trials.

We are therefore making an urgent appeal for help. We would like you to help us raise the money needed for the 17 to take their case to the Privy Council.

Please give generously and forward this e-mail on to your friends and associate organisations - appealing for them to do the same - in the name of international truth & justice.

Please make cheques payable to:

The Committee for Human Rights in Grenada (UK), c/o Mr Phillip Kennedy (Treasurer), 4 Provost Road, New Southgate, London, N11 1EN

For further information please contact: chrguk@tiscali.co.uk