Excerpts from letter by Courtenay Barnett, lawyer, Turks & Caicos Islands to Governor Peter Beckingham. Mr. Barnett has been strongly advocating for the rights of persons on the islands including those with mental health conditions. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a copy of the complete letter.
6th September 2016
His Excellency Peter Beckingham
Governor of the Turks and Caicos lslands
Re: Ode to Governor Peter Beckingham
a) Her Majesty’s Government’s responsibility for the finances and development of the Turks and Caicos lslands;
b) Your Excetlency’s need effectively to address the questions raised relative to crime in the Turks and Caicos lslands;
c) Your Excellency’s need to address the Constitutional issues surrounding the
appointment of Robert Shuster as a judge of the Supreme Court of the Turks and Caicos
d) Her Maiestr/s Government’s overall responsibilities to the Turks and Caicos lslands.
This is now my farewell message to Your Excellency.
ln reflecting on Your Excellency’s tenure in the Turks and Caicos lslands, there are two characteristics which have struck me.
First, Your Excellency’s consistent failure to do anything of significance, to the good of the Turks and Caicos lslands; and
Next, Your Excellency’s resolute determination not to make any forthright decisions.
ln a certain sense, perhaps these might both be viewed as the same.
On the other hand, here I am, struggling, defending people’s rights (see
…Her Majesty’s Government’s overall responsibilities to the Turks and Caicos lslands.
This all takes me to where I started and the half has never been told
Your Excellency even went as far as signing an Executive Order designating Her Majesty’s Prison as an appropriate place to put the mentally ill ( i.e. to save public expenditures from the UK) even when the antiquated Lunatics Ordinance here stipulated that such persons must under TCI law be sent to mental institutions overseas for proper care. This is totally shameless and without any respect for the European Convention on Human Rights to which the TCI is subject under British jurisdiction. …..
Courtenay Francis Raymond Barnett – Attorney-At-Law
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