Minister Thomas speaks out in "disgust" over Nigerian kidnappings

Thursday, May 8, 2014 1:58 PM - George's, Grenada
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ST GEORGE'S, GRENADA, May 8, 2014 – GIS: Grenada's Social Service Minister, Hon. Delma Thomas, is speaking out against the kidnapping of hundreds of school girls in Nigeria by a militant Islamic sect.

"Grenada expresses its collective disgust about the situation. We are of the view that, in a modern world community, such barbaric actions must not be allowed to stand," Minister Thomas told the Government Information Service.

"We are pleased, however, that the world has finally begun to take notice and the community, through the United Nations, has now shown a willingness to act," the Social Services Minister said.

Thomas' comments come one day before the Grenada Parliament debates a new bill that strengthens Grenada's law against human trafficking.

The bill will be before the parliament on Friday.

The order paper indicates that the bill "gives effect to the United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children, supplementing the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, 2000."

The stated aim of the bill also includes provisions "to combat the trafficking of persons within and across the borders of Grenada."

More than 200 girls have been kidnapped by the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram since April 14, 2014.

The shocking mass abduction has sparked global outrage and offers of help from the United States, Britain, France and China.

Nigeria's response to the kidnappings has been widely criticized, including by activists and parents of the hostages who say the military's search operation has been inept so far.

Minister Thomas said the introduction of Grenada's anti-kidnapping bill is timely given the developments in Nigeria.

"With this new proposed legislation, Grenada takes its rightful place among self respecting nations that have put the effective mechanism in place to act against such evil," Thomas said.





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