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Widow of Walter Rodney praises Barbados

For Release Upon Receipt - Monday, October 17, 2016

The widow of slain Guyanese historian and political activist Walter Rodney has thanked the Barbados Government for supporting her and her three children in the aftermath of the killing of her husband.

Dr Pat Rodney said the administration also steered clear of challenging the substance of the report of the Commission of Inquiry into his death in 1980.

She made her feelings clear during a panel discussion recentlyon the topic, Reflections on the Commission of Inquiry into the Death of Walter Rodney: What Next”.

The widow urged Caribbean nationals and agencies to support the bid to have information on his death certificate changed from “death by misadventure”, and panelists pointed to reports of complicity by the then government.

During the session, the Guyana government was harshly criticized for its handling of the matter and its resistance to the findings of the commission that examined the circumstances surrounding the matter.

The widow called on people of the Caribbean region to sign a petition calling for justice at

Attorney-at-law Andrew Pilgrim, who represents the Rodney family, said while they had achieved a measure of healing, it was still going to be difficult since views on the issue were still very much polarized.

The Global Justice Committee has called for nullification of the conviction of Donald Rodney who has been implicated in the murder of his brother, Walter.

Committee’s director Wazir Mohamed also called on the Guyana government to push forward the process of justice initiated by the inquiry.

The committee said the report should also be made public and that the excesses of state power should be studied in order to limit the powers of governing parties in the country.


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