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(STATEMENT) – The New Democratic Party is deeply concerned about allegations of domestic abuse and violence against women contained in a New York Post article of Friday 24th November 2017.
The article details shocking allegations of domestic abuse and violence reportedly committed by Sehon Marshall, Permanent Mission of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations. The abuse was allegedly directed at his wife, who is herself a diplomat at the SVG Permanent Mission. Among other things, the report alleges that during a verbal altercation at their New York home, “Marshall struck the woman with a closed fist, leaving her with a bloody lip”.
The reported allegations are extremely serious matters of violence and domestic abuse and they cannot be treated lightly. We in the NDP categorically condemn any and all forms of violence against women and we especially reiterate this condemnation today, on this International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women, November 25th.
Furthermore, we insist that those selected to represent our nation and our people overseas, must be held to the highest standards of behaviour and accountability for their behaviour. They must be prepared to be held accountable for any actions or alleged actions which bring disrepute to the country, the people and the government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
We insist that our country and people cannot – and must not – be represented by those who do not adhere to the highest standards of behaviour AND accountability for their behaviour. Accordingly, we must never turn a blind eye to such allegations of unacceptable and possibly criminal conduct of public officials.
We therefore call for Mr. Marshall to be relieved of his diplomatic position and recalled to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with immediate effect.
We in the New Democratic Party stand by the principles that we have detailed in our own charter and policy regarding gender and violence against women and children, and we look forward to the immediate recall of Mr Marshall and an appropriate resolution of this matter, in the interest of the good name of the country and people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.