As international pressure mounts on Guyana’s parliament for honoring convicted terrorist, Abul Kadir, government Chief Whip Amna Ally said a policy decision might be taken to guide how such situations should be handled in the future.
“Except we take a policy decision, we have to reexamine and look at it ” she said when asked whether the House would continue to honour former lawmakers who were convicted.
She said government was open-minded on dealing with the fallout from the motion that paid tribute to Kadir for his stint as a parliamentarian for the People’s National Congress Reform from April 17, 2001 to May 2, 2006.
“So many people have came up and have different views and we are not a government which will just put a blanket on things. We are going to listen we are going to examine it and have discussions and see where we take it from there,” she told reporters.
Ally’s disclosure came even as Canada joined the European Union, Britain and the United States in condemning Guyana’s Parliament for honoring Kadir.
Canada said,”Canada is disappointed that members of Guyana’s National Assembly have paid tribute to former MP Abdul Kadir, a convicted terrorist.” The European Union also said, “The EU Delegation notes with surprise the honoring of former MP Abdul Kadir in the National Assembly of Guyana and believes that eulogizing a person convicted of terrorist acts is inappropriate.” United Kingdom High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn tweeted that “The #UK shares the concerns of our #US friends about the ‘honouring’ of convicted terrorist Abdul Kadir. Terrorism affects us all and we believe this action was inappropriate.”
The Guyana government has since expressed regret at the US’ misinterpretation of the resolution, saying that it is a convention to table resolutions to honour deceased parliamentarians and not Kadir in his capacity as a convicted terrorist.