GBHRA: Foreign minister’s reckless attacks on renowned human rights activists are threatening the country’s good name internationally
(GBHRA Statement - Feb. 5.) It would seem that
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell will not rest
until the country’s image abroad is as feeble and tarnished as its
current credit rating.
Prime Minister Perry
Christie must find the courage to rein in his reckless, unbalanced
minister before the Bahamas' reputation has been downgraded to ‘junk’
status and we become a
laughingstock in the international community.
In his latest
unhinged attack on universally respected American human rights activist
Kerry Kennedy, Mitchell has again displayed some extremely concerning
authoritarian tendencies that have increasingly
become his trademark. All Bahamians should be concerned about the
future of the country with such an individual anywhere near a position
In Mitchell’s world,
any individual or entity that might be critical of the minister or his
government has “no credibility” and works according to shady ulterior
motives. Meanwhile every opportunity is taken
to attack the messenger in an effort to distract from the message
His deranged ranting
may play well to certain xenophobic elements within The Bahamas, but to
the outside world, Mitchell is making us look like a silly, insecure
banana republic run by delusional tin-pot dictators.
Kerry Kennedy and
the organization she heads, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, are renowned internationally for their
crucial human rights work, professional approach
and unquestionable integrity.
For a minister of
the government of The Bahamas to malign such a courageous and upstanding
organization, just because he doesn’t like the results of its
investigation – particularly in terms of glaring failures
on the part of departments he happens to head – is childish and sad.
His absurd attempt
at scaremongering through the spinning of crackpot conspiracy theories
is downright embarrassing. No one takes it seriously.
Prime Minister Christie, for the sake of our good name as a country, bring an end to this insanity before it is too late!