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  U.S. Suspends Aid Over Human Rights Abuses by Police ... in St. Lucia
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Aug 26, 2013 01:36pm
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AuthorPeter Sullivan
News DateFriday, August 23, 2013 07:35:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe United States has cut off foreign aid because of a string of alleged killings by police. Just not in Egypt.

The State Department confirmed Thursday that it has suspended assistance to the Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia because of 12 killings in 2011 by an "ad hoc task force within the police department." Reuters reports that five of the dead were on a hit list of people deemed to be criminals. The State Department said there has been only "limited progress" in investigating the killings.

The news comes against the backdrop of Egyptian security forces' violent crackdown on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsy, which began on Aug. 14 and left more than 1,000 people dead. Granted, the hit-list charges give the St. Lucia killings a more pre-meditated dimension.

The suspension of aid to St. Lucia stems from the "Leahy Amendment," which bans assistance "to any unit of the security forces of a foreign country if the Secretary of State has credible information that such unit has committed a gross violation of human rights."
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