CRY FOR PEACE: President Anthony Carmona, left, presents the Champion of Peace 2013 award to human resource practitioner Ann Diaz during Saturday’s
ceremony at the Magdalena Resort in Tobago. —Photo: ELIZABETH WILLIAMS
Don’t lock them up, throw away the key
President: Confront criminals’ social issues...
“True peace cannot be achieved in ivory towers or behind gated communities, but we must do so in the trenches, as there can be no peace without justice.”
So said President Anthony Carmona as the Mediation Board of Trinidad and Tobago held its “Champion of Peace” Awards on Saturday evening, at the Magdalena Resort in Lowlands, Tobago.
“The cry for peace is one that is unanimous throughout Trinidad and Tobago, especially in Trinidad, especially along the east-west corridor, especially in an environment where young men are in crisis,” the President continued.
Carmona said crime continues to be on the rise, with the seed of revenge, and when someone is gunned down a life is stolen.
He said prison conditions must improve to a level where there is no recycling of deviant persons.
“Is the response to gang warfare to lock them up and throw away the key, or do we need to comfort and confront a deeper social issue.”
He stressed that the response to drug abuse should not be the stockpiling of prisons with abusers, or the finding of solutions to solve the problems of addiction and the family issues surrounding it.”
Carmona noted that former president Arthur NR Robinson is not held in the high esteem that he should be by this country.
And he congratulated Tobago-born Chief Justice Ivor Archie for launching the Drug Treatment Court, in the face of adversity and cynicism.
“Every effort should be made to make this a universal approach in our twin-island republic. The Inter American Drug Abuse Control Commission has adopted our drug treatment court framework as a model for the entire hemisphere,” the President noted.
Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Chief Secretary Orville London, in bringing remarks, said Tobago is ready for peace and he remains proud to be associated with this initiative.
Human resource practitioner Ann Diaz and the Rotaract Club of Tobago were presented with Champion of Peace 2013 medals, out of a tally of 17 nominees.