Attorney Fred Smith and The Grand Bahama Human Rights Association have pissed off many Bahamians and The Government by going to Washington to accuse The Bahamas Government of Human Rights Violations before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fred Mitchell was quoted in the Tribune as saying;
“They have no credibility,” Mr Mitchell said. “Fred Smith is not a credible figure. He is a troublemaker, and that’s what he is specialising in – defaming his country oversees.
After following the many conversations on Facebook, Its obvious there are many Bahamians who feel the same way.
Not Me! I think more Bahamians should follow their example!
Ok. Pause for a moment and let me tell you why I feel this way.
Lets put aside the illegal immigrant issue for a moment. Lets just look at the broad outlines of what they’ve done;
- The Bahamas Government implemented a policy
- These folks strongly disagree with this and other policies, in fact, they think they’re illegal, inhumane and unconstitutional
- They have called the government out on these policies, locally and international
- They have not been cowed by government threats, public outcry or verbal abuse
- They have taken their argument to the furthest extent possible in an attempt to hold the Government accountable
Every day in our homes, on our jobs and with our friends, thousand of Bahamians complain about the policies of The Government; VAT, BAMSI, BEC, BOB, LOI to name a few. We complain about these things constantly with little progress as the government waits for us to forget and move on.
Whether you agree with them or not they are to be admired and emulated for standing for what they believe in and holding the government’s foot to the fire. I’d say they have had perhaps the most successful protest against government actions in quite some time.
Instead of being angry with them we need to emulate their resolve and apply it to the issues we’re passionate about.
Maybe, then we can see some real change in this country.
What we need in The Bahamas are more, “troublemakers”.