42 on Death Row...but why no hangings


I am disappointed and worried to see in the highest court of our country the elected members of Parliament aren’t taking the right step in finding a solution to reduce killings taking place in our country.

Killings have now reached 496 for this year and counting. Instead the Attorney General chose to bring to Parliament the Bail Amendment Bill before the Lower House of Parliament and didn’t get the support of the Opposition party to do so.

Whatever reasons or objections by the Opposition party there must be some valid points not raised when it was drafted for it not to be approved

As an ordinary citizen I definitely feel if the Bail Amendment Bill was passed or not it will not solve the killing taking place in our country. killings have risen dramatically by this PNM administration headed by Dr Keith Christopher Rowley.

I feel to reinstate the death penalty which is the law of the land for pre-meditated murder after a convicted killer loses his appeal at the Privy Council. It will be a step in the right direction. Those who lost their loved ones in the most callous and inhumane ways have no recourse when killers get away scot-free.

“We can all make a difference for change if we can unite or join together in the struggles that lies ahead for a brighter and better future tomorrow.”

Rasheed Khan

Coryal Village


Public confidence in any government is not helped when the family of a senior government minister is the beneficiary of State contacts. In the case of Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi, contracts to his relatives run to over $20 million a year for the rental of property, according to an exclusive Sunday Express report. Put in context, this works out to 8.5 per cent of the State’s annual bill for the rental of private property.

I wish to thank the endorsers of the statement on the “Education of Children of African Origin” articles that appeared in this paper recently. The statement rightly raised several issues of inequality in access to quality education in T&T, by black children (among others).

Every employee in Trinidad and Tobago, regardless of if they work in the public or private sector, is entitled by law to certain rights.

I have been working with the United Nations on Violence against the Women/Gender-Based Violence for the past ten years in Africa, the Arab world, and Eastern Europe. And in Trinidad and Tobago we have had one of those recent uproars over the killing of women and the search for causes. And the primary cause stares us in the face.

The state of existence as a tribalist is when one is living with a distinctive characteristic so as to be identified with a particular identifiable distinctive group. This status quo surfaces to facilitate the tribal member who is excessively loyal to his own group. 

LISTENING to President Paula-Mae Weekes’s address on the reopening of the Red House, even the most sceptical among us could not help but be impressed, indeed be moved, by her departure on the role she was expected to play and the sentiments she was expected to express as head of officialdom, to be a spokesperson for the people on the ground pointing to their “hurt” and the inability of the leadership to address this hurt.