Biased interpretation To the Editor
Guyana Chronicle
February 27, 2002

I was indeed surprised to read a letter in Stabroek News by Ronald Waddell of February 2002, which is headed “ Police killings per year have increased under this government “. [ please note: link provided by LOSP web site ]

I was surprised because I haven’t seen or read about him for a long time. I immediately remembered that Mr. Raphael Trotman wrote a letter a few days ago and as I recollect said that people will interpret the Guyana Human Rights Association report to suit their views or those that they want to portray.

Right away Ronald Waddell jumps at the figures; number of persons reported killed by Police 1980 -1992 and those killed between 1993 - 2001 as was to be expected.

He then goes on to manipulate the figures to portray and support his biased interpretation and to fuel his speculations.

However, the report clearly indicated that the figures of those killed between 1980 - 1992 were not reliable owing to the situation that existed in the country at that time.

We were living in a country that was a political dictatorship owing to rigged elections and paramountcy of the party in power which Waddell well knows and it would not have been possible to get accurate and reliable figures.

We have a far different situation from 1993 with an open and democratic society with freedom of the media as Waddell himself also fully well knows.

His last paragraph invites each person to draw his or her own conclusions and this is exactly what we are going to do but in a more reasonable and balanced way.

Chellisa Singh