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End of Year Issue 31st Decremer t 0'
11th Year of Publication -- th ssue "
Volume 11 Nu er 11

Pour persons, convicted under te' *rrorism (Ftevention) Law 1980
a the "bomb blast" murders of 19th June 1980, have been granted
a '.ilfr~ afd unconditional pardon' by Goverhor General Sir RWa
Seen .

Ihe pardoned persons are Miss Grace Augustine, Messrs RIssel Budh-
Izll, Kenneth Budhlall and Layne Phillip.

iJ death sentence was pronounced on these persons in November 1982
.0eaf, after a trial which lasted nearly two weeks', Mr. Justice Sat-
Ithan Singh found them guilty of having placed a bomb under lib
speakers' plaalorm at een 's .ark na.ijg. a rally sponsored by the
ieopAeT. Revolutionary Government. .

Ihen .the bomb exploded, Governor General Sir. Paul Scoon.. Prije Min
ittter WNurice Bishop an several. members of the Paopls Re.tpvio -
tay Gqiernment (,PRG) were on the platform but were unhurt W
*Ver, man? persons under the platform were injured and two qixls,:
Miss Laurine Charles (13), and Laurice Huuphfrey, 23, were killed
Ot the a'ot. Ahnther girq:ftis Bernadette Bailey, 193, 4W4e4aiSrIl
lAtet of ijrSUrie, teceivdd 'then.

The Terrorism (Prevention) Law 1980, under which the trial was con
ducted, was enacted by the PRG in 1980, nearly four months after
the "b6mb blast" murders' nd that law:' as given unlimited re 4I-
activakeect. '

FA 4secial feature of that law It itj provision tiam .&
trial shall be hird by ad efre adbefre judge sitting alole and *I1iM
shall be no right of trial by j-try" This w also provided
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Pr4o 4ea & Pvinted by AliUter a Cyntj )Iug"heW
P 0 Box 65, St,Geqrges, ethJda,, Westt1diMs


special rules of evidence which prohibit cross examination of wit-
nesses at the preliminary trial before the examitinig magistrate*

At the preliminary trial, witnesses are permitted 'o ,testify by sub-
mitting sworn statements and, under certain circ~umstancee', the tri-
al jtidge& i the High Court may accept these statements.

Principal witnesses for the Crown were Mw~ Fitzlyn Joseph and Mr.
Eddie Richardson, who alleged they had been part of a plot with the
accused to place, a bombb under the speakers. platform at the rally
in an attempt t6 wipe out the leadership of the PG. No charges
were laid 'against these two persons but they were kept in custody.

Tried together with .the now pardoned persons was Mr. Roland Budh-
lall who was acquitted. This man, however, was not released af--.
ter the trial but was detained at Richmond Hill prison from which :p
he broke out with other political prisoners on October 26th last
after the United States intervention.

The Governor General s not ce of par on, dated. December, 20th, apd
appearing in the Government Gazette of December 23rd, gives no rea'-
son for the grant of pardon.

A spokesman for the office of the Director of -PublIc Presec ton~s
in Grenada said in St, Georges on December 31st that work has al-
ready begun on thie formulation of charges to be d agiaojt pe
sons now detained at Richmbnd Hill pi sons following he events s.of.
OCt6ber laft when United Sta*tes fodtes performed a "~es'ie Inisioni'i
here ."i : a .

"The preliminary work has already been- started he, said, ,'and
team of top flight Caribbean barristers, wil be coming -to Prenada ,
to assist in this operation".,

The, spokesman was unable .oto say.when these bafristers. will arrive
but saiG .tn e matter is, receiving, full ate nation and he gave as-
surances that charges will be laid with no undue delay .

Attempons to ascrfan t4 exact number 9 detainees now being ielsd
weTep,upsucceqsfpl ot the figure is prq aby between 35 and 40.
Government grgin y pu listed ar isit o.l 41names put, sIncer then.-
some hav4' t--b i elaased.


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Among those known still to be held are Hudson Austin, General of
the Peoples Revolutionary Army, Bernard Coard, deputy Prime Minis-
ter and Minister of Finance in the Peoples Revolutionary .overn-
ment and Mr Coard's wife, Phyllis, who was head of the National
Women's Organisation of the New Jewel Movement.

A spokesman for the Governor Genera' s office confirmed on Decem-
ber 20th that a petition was sent on that day to Governor General
Sir -Paul Scoon requesting that the United States be asked to main-
tain its presence in Grenada for some time.

The petition, said to have been signed by over 6,000 eligible Vot-
ers, expresses a wish that the United States "accept this country
into some form of association that can amicably be worked out for
a reasonable period that will be satisfactory to all concerned, and
that a test by a referendum can better express the wishes of the

The petition asks the U.S. "to prolong their presence here for at
least 5 years in the first instance until the people are satisfied
that Grenadian leadership is sufficiently capable to run the affairs
of the Grenadian people and by which time Grenadians can be politi-
cally stabilised to make a further decision".

The petition, which is sponsored by the Pearls Village Council, ex-
presses thanks to the U.S. for undertaking the rescue mission and
says Grenada has been suffering oppression for the last 10 years.

At this time, the petition says, Grenadians are confused and cannot
identify "true democracy" because they have lived "for the past 20
years under terrible leaderships (1) dictatorship and (2) communism

The British Commonwealth showed no "sympathy by way of rescue or
dialogue" to take Grenada, a member of the Commonwealth, "out of
the communist grip", the petition says, and Gre-adians consider it
unfair not to consider the U.S. who "rescued them in their time of

rhe Governor General Sir Paul Scoon has been asked to pass the peti-
tion on to Washington and copies have been sent direct to the United
States Embassy in Grenada, the United Nations, the Caribbean Communi-
ty and the Organisation of East Caribbean States.

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Mr. Guy Archibald, Treasurer of the Pearls Village Council, the or-
ganisation which sponsored the petition to the United States to pro-
long its stay in Grenada, said in an interview on December .22nd that,
soon after the American intervention here his organisation met to
consider what it thinks is a very serious problem.

"The members and the people around requested that we try to do some-
thing about keeping out these politicians", he said, "because they
are just fooling us and we had several years of trouble with both
the Gairy Government and then the Bishop Government".

The petition, delivered to Governor General Sir Paul Scoon on Decem-
ber 20th for transmission to Washington, is said to have been signed
by over 6,000 eligible voters*

The document charges that Grenadians are not satisfied that the poli-
tical leadership here is sufficiently capable to run the Government
and the United States Government has been asked to prolong its stay
in Grenada for at least 5 years.

In his interview, Mr. Archibald also put forward the argument that
the youth of this island need to be taught "democracy" before elect
-ions are held.

"We are asking that the Americans lengthen their stay here for an-
other five years", he said, "and form some sort of association with
us until our young people can know what democracy is and what to do
with elections".

The Council's Treasurer said the chibren who were 10 years old at
the last elections are now eligible to vote and he does not think
they know what elections are.

Mr. Archibald said he did not know what Washington would think of
offering Grenada an association similar to that held by the U.S.
Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico. But, he said, a referendum should
be held in Grenada to find out what the people think because "every-
body is thinking they would like to be with America somehow or the

Under the association agreement, Mr. Archibald said, Grenada's Gov-
ernment should be run from Washington and he does not think the'im-
portant consideration is that this might be sacrificing some part
of the island's sovereignty.

"It may be so", he said, "but I think that if we go into elections
very soon we will fall into the same problem like before because
we are going to have the Gairy element coming around ( you can't

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stop them from running for elections), we will have, maybe, some
element from the New Jewel Movement (NJM) and, maybe, the Grenada
National Party, and some other fellows who evacuated here after
the takeover, they are coming back, probably to get us into Social-
ism again, a stepping stone to Communism".

Mr. Archibald said the association with America- should not last
for ever but should be for a period of time until "our people can
realise what true democracy is".


The Barbados based British High Commissioner to Grenada, Mr. Giles
on December 22nd
Bullard,/sighed in Grenada a grant agreement under which the Brit-
ish Government will provide 650,000 sterling in capital aid grants
plus some 100,000 sterling in technical cooperation.

The agreement was signed on behalf of the Grenada Government by Mr.
Nicholas Brathwaite, Chairman of the island's Advisory Council, and
Mr. Bullard said the British Government is in consultation with the
Advisory Council as to how best Britain can fill Grenada's needs.

"The aid package is divided roughly in the ratio of one to two be-
tween aidt to police and aid: in the fields of power generation and
spare parts for the Public Works Department vehicles", Mr. Bullard
said, "but within this general framework, there is a good deal of
precise negotiation to be done".

The High Commissioner said a team from the British Development Div-
ision had visited Grenada earlier and that team had had
discussions with the Planning Department on the details of the aid

Mr. Bullard said the present grant had to be expended over the next
three months and the longer term prospects will be looked at early
in the new year. There was to be a meeting of aid donors to be
held in Washington shortly, he said, and this was one matter which
had to be discussed then.

Mr. Bullard denied that Britain had ever opposed the United States
rescue mission to Grenada and he set out his country's official
position in this connection.

"I don't think it is fair to say Ie opposed the invasion" he said.
"We did not participate and the reason for that is a good one.

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We were not given a great deal of warning about what was going to
happen but, once the rescue mission was under way, we did what we
could to minimise opposition to it in international bodies of which
we are a member"

Mr. Bullard said Britain regretted the short notice and the lack of
consultation relative to the rescue mission but, that having been
said, Britain wishes to put the past behind and look to ways in which
Grenada can be helped.


ir. Nicholas Brathwaite, Chairman of Grenada's Advisory Council, said
in an interview on December 28th he had had an hour-long discussion
with Franz-Josef Strauss, Minister President of the West German state
of-Bavaria when Mr. Strauss visited the island on December 27th.

The West German politician, Mr. Brathwaite said, expressed complete
support for the United States "rescue mission" to Grenada last Oct-

"Mr. Strauss gave me the assurance that he will do everything he can
to let the European Community know the truth about Grenada" Mr. Brath-
waite said, "and he will emphasise the fact that we need aid now in
order to create employment and ensure the stability of the country".

The Advisory Council Chairman said his discussions with Mr. Strauss
had covered a wide range of subjects including the still uncompleted
international airport at Point Saline.. Mr. Brathwaite said Mr.
trauss had expressed the opinion that, in the interest of Grenada's
economic 'future, this project must be completed.

?Jr. Strauss, who is Political Leader of the West German Christian
Social Union Party and President of the West German Senate, was in
Miami when he broke into his plans for a Caribbean cruise and, ac-
companied by his wife, chartered a plane to make his quick visit to

According to Mr. Larry Rossin, Political Officer of'the United States
mission in Grenada, the mission was advised of Mr. Strauss' visit by
the U.S.-Consulate ih: Munich, "Germany, and had taken steps to facili-
tate some aspects of the visit. '::

"We arranged for a helicopter to meet him on his arrival at Pearls
Airport" Mrt Rossin said, "and he was flown over the airport site at


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Point Saline and saw the warehouses where the Cuban arms had been

The Political Officer said Mr. Strauss had been, accompanied by
some 6 or 7 representatives of the West German media, including
journalists from "Die Welt" and a team from ZDF Television.

In the absence of Mr. Tony Gillespiej United States Ambassador at
the U.S. Mission in Grenada ( who was then in the U.S. but return-
ed shortly after) Mr. Strauss held discussion with Charge d'Affairs
Michael Yohn before returning by car to Pearls Airport for depart-
ure .


Governor General Sir Paul Scoon has appointed a Supervisor of Elec-
tions who will have the job of putting the machinery into action
to hold a general election before Christmas 1984.

Entrusted with this task is Mr. Roy Carlton Chasteau, 48, Grenada's
Deputy Registrar, and his appointment dates from January 3rd next.

Mr. Chasteau said on December 28th he will start his assignment af-
ter the New Year holidays but he is facing the problem of finding
suitable office space and there are certain other necessary chores
which must be performed before he can get into stride.

"Before we can start enumeration of the electors", he said, "we
have to print the required forms and employ enumerators, but You
can take March 1st as the target date for commencement".

Mr. Chasteau was born in Grenada but received his early education
in Trinidad. He qualified as a barrister in 1980, taking his
degree at the University College of Cardiff, Wales, in the United

The children of Grenada received gifts of toys donated by Hasbro
Industries, a firm located at Pawtucket, Rhode Island, the United
States of America.


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This gesture was made public by Archdeacon of Grenada Hoskins Hug-
gins, Chairman of the Council of Churches, Grenada (CCG), as he
conducted the Sunday morning service at the Anglican Church in St,
Georges on December 18th.

"The CCG is being asked to distribute 30,600 toys", he said, "and
throughout the island, we are having parties for the children next
Thursday afternoon".

Archdeacon Huggins said 100,000 cookies were being flown in from the
States for the parties together with powdered soft drinks,

A spokesman for the American Mission in Grenada said the armed for-
ces were cooperating in this gesture by flying in the toys, cookies
and powdered soft drinks, but he could not say who was donating the
cookies and soft drinks.

"Republican Congresswoman Claudine Schneider of Rhode Island is ar-
riving here on Tuesday 20th with the toys', he said, "and she will
be accompanied by representatives of Hasbro Industries, an army es-
cort and members of the Press".

The spokesman said there probably would be a distribution of some
of the toys by Ms Schneider on Tuesday and this may be at the Ken-
nedy Home for handicapped children.

According to the last published census figures, Grenada had 28.5
thousand children up to the age of 10 in 1970. Estimates of the
increase to date vary from 8 percent to 18 percent making that art
group now between 30.8 thousand and 33.8 thousand.

Mrsa Claudine Schneider, Republican Representative for Rhoer Island
in the United States Senate, on December 20th played Santa Claus to
the children of the Queen Elizabeth Home for Children located at Tem-
pe on the northern outskirts of St George's.

Deprived of the use of Santa's traditional sledge, because of Gre-
nada's lack of snow, Mrs. Schneider arrived on the island in a C130
Hercules aircraft of the United States Tactical Airlift group.

That aircraft, accompanied by three other C130 Hercules, landed at
Grenada's still uncompleted Point Saline international airport on
December 20th. and unloaded 34,266 toys with a retai ot i8

| cn

A symbolic presentation of some of these toys was made by Mrs.
Schneider to the 14 children of the Queen Elizabeth Home and,
through the Christian Council of Churches, Grenada, the rest
of the toys were distributed to children throughout the Count-
ry at functions organised later that week.

These toys are a gift to the children of Grenada by Hasbro In-
dustries of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, U.S.A., and Mr. Bill
Lichtenstein, Chairman of the Board of a toy subsidiary of Has-
bro, who accompanied Mrs. Schneider to Grenada, said the idea
of playing Santa to Grenadian kids was born with Alan Hassen-
feld, Hasbro's executive Vice-President.

"Every year, Hasbro makes a major donation" Mr. Lichenstein
said, "and this year we have fulfilled 800 requests for toys
throughout the United States from both individuals and chari-
table organizations and Alan felt the children of Grenada
might be forgotten".

Mr. Lichtenstein said the toys selected are suitable for chil-
ren from 13 years down. They include "crib toys" for babies
and are among the most popular lines including 'Snoopie",
"Donald Duck" and "Mr. Potato Head" dolls.

The Chairman of the Board said Hasbro is a "people oriented"
company which employs some 1,700 people.. Over 1,000 of the
employees have been with the company for more than 10 years,
he said, and there are 136 who have been with the company
for over 25 years.

"I, and I am sure the entire Hasbro organisation, feel that
children are God's gift to the world", Mr. Lichtenstein said,
"adults have a lot to do with the bigotry that creeps into a
child, but we are just reaching out and saying, "Hey, we're
here and we're playing Santa Claus".


Republican Representative for Rhode Island in the United States
Congress, Claudine Schneider, said in Grenada on December 20th
she is delighted to be associated with the gift of toys made to
the children of Grenada by Hasbro Industries of Pawtucket, Rhode
Island, U.S.A.

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Mrs. Schneider was, at the time, presenting some of the toys to the
children of the Queen Elizabeth home for children,,a privately tin,
organisation near St. Georges, and she said she had been approached
by Hasbro for assistance in getting the toys to Grenada,,

'I immediately contacted the Defence Department", she said, "and
they were most agreeable in assisting in the 'toy lift' to bring All
of the toys to children of Grenada. We're hopeful that this American
goodwill will bring some happiness to the children and also to the
families here in Grenada".

The Congresswoman said she had had the opportunity to meet a number
of Grenadians and they have been t"most effervescent" in their ap-
preciation for the American rescue mission. She said also that thq
visiting Americans are grateful that Grenadians have been so cooper-

"We are anxious to help Grenada now in whatever way we can so that
Grenadians can better help themselves", she said.

Accompanying the Congresswoman on this trip was Mr. Bill Lichten-
stein, Chairman of the Board of a toy subsidiary of Hasbro. Alsq
in her party is a group of North American journalists and Major Jim
Ragan, Chief of Public Information to the National Guard Bureau at
the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

The toys donated by Hasbro total 34,266 with a retail value of over
US$200,000. They were flown in by a C130 Hercules aircraft of the
143rd Tactical Airlift group which is part of the Rhode Island In-
ternational Guard. Through the assistance of the Council of Chur-
ghes, Grenada, these toys were distributed islandwide.

Congresswoman Schneider and her group flew back to the United Staetes
on December 20th.

"I am very pleased that, for this Christmas, the chil--.en of Gre-
nada will each have a toy",

This sentiment was expressed on December 20th by Mrs. Joan Purcell,
member of Grenada's Advisory Council, as she watched the symbolic
handing over of a gift of 34,266 toys to the children of Grenada.



The gift, from Hasbro Industries of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, U.S.A.
was to be distributed by the Council of Churches, Grenada, and the
symbolic handover was done by Republican Representative for Rhode
Island in the United States Congress, Mrs. Claudine Schneider.
Arriving in Grenada -on 20th /in a flight of four C130 Hercules
aircraft of the 143rd Tactical Airlife Group, Mrs. Schneider visit-
ed the Queen Elizabeth Home for children on the outskirts of St.
Georges and presented toys to the 14 children living there.

Mrs. Purcell, who is the local representative of the Canadian Save
the Children Fund, said that, in her own experience in working with
children, she knows the importance of having toys, and a number of
Grenadian children have not had the opportunity of having "some-
thing pretty to play with".

"On behalf of Grenadian children", she said, I am very pleased
over this gesture from the United States of America".

Mrs. Purcell said she had chatted with Mrs. Schneider and had dis-
covered that she shared with her an interest in the development of
women* She hopes she can develop links with Mrs. Schneider which
will be useful in her responsibilities on the Advisory Council for
the Ministry of Women's Affairs.

"This whole area of women in development is a new one", Mrs. Purcell
said. "There is need for both financial and technical support in
developing our programmes, and, I know there will be need for in-
ternational funding and other forms of support, and I am sure that,
with her (Mrs. Schneider) interest in this area, we can develop some
mutually supportive links".


Mrs. Joan Purcell, member of Grenada's Advisory Council, said in
an interview on December 21st that the work of the Council is beg-
inning to move forward and priority areas have been defined.

"I know the public feels that we are moving very slowly", she said,
"but it is a very complex situation, a complex problem, and, be-
sides, it's part of the whole bureaucratic structure of Government".

Mrs. Purcell said the Council has to examine carefully certain fun-
damenta. issues and make careful decisions, but she feels the Coun-
cil's focus now is building administrative structures through which

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the country can begin to function efficiently.

"For instance", she said; "I have the task of developing a Ministry
of Women's Affairs -and Social Affairs, pulling them out from the bv-
erall Ministry of Education and other areas and bringing together a
staff of people".

Following that she said, a programme must be developed which must
be geared to the time limit imposed by the fact that elections must
be held before the end of 1984. A lot of the Council's energies ,
she said, are now concentrated on getting the administrative struct-
ures working&

"There needs to be a lot of evaluation of ongoing programmes and pro-
jects to discover their viability and feasibility", she said, "and
this is taking time".

Mrs. Purcell said she is aware that the Government's INformation Ser-
vice is "not in place" and the public is not being fully informed of
what the Advisory Council is doing, but efforts are being made to
correct this.

The subject of information is now the responsibility of Mr. Nicholas
Brathwaite, the Council's Chairman, she said, and Mr. Leslie Seon,
Grenadian born broadcaster, seconded to the Council from the Carib-
bean Broadcasting Corporation of Barbados, has been appointed to act
as "special advisor" to Mr. Brathwaite.

Mr. Seon is already on the job, she said, and she expected to see a
great improvement in the handling of information shortly.


The Rotary Club of Grenada on December 17th handed over to
the Grenada Association por The Mentally Retarded a new section of the
School For Special Education at Grand Anse, a project which Rotary
has sponsored since 1976.

Addressing the Board of the Association and guests invited for the
ceremony, Rotary President Lennox Phillip said the land surrounding
the school had been donated by the Government of Grenada and Rotary
had undertaken the first building phase in 1976.

"Phase one was completed" at a cost of 114 thousand EC dollars in,the
period 1976 to 1977" he said, "and it was our then District Governor


Fitz Humphrey, who handed over the keys to the school authorities
on 27th September 1978.'i

Mr. Phillip said phase two was begun in'the period 1978/79 and has
now been completed at a cost of 94.5/EC dollars, of which sctme
50.0 thousand EC dollars was a donation from the Canadian High
Commission in Barbados.

Phase two, Mr. Phillip said, involved the building of an additional
classroom and the fencing of the grounds.

The President said Rotary has already set aside EC$i6,000 for Phase
three of the development.

The handing-over ceremony was performed by Guyana based Rotary Dis-
trict Governor Neil Isaacs. Mr. Isaacs cut a ribbon and escorted
the Association's President Mrs. Thelma Simpson (who has headed the
Association since its founding) into the new section of the school.

The Grenada Association for the Mentally Retarded was founded in
1976 and the School for Special Education now caters for 22 child-
ren with 4 fulltime teachers.

A spokesman for the School said all the children will eventually be
trained to hold down a job.

"Their chances are very good", he said, "we have a few slow.learn-
ers and the others, even if they can't do the academic Work, we are
teaching them skills like cooking and sewing".


The controversial United Nations St. Nicholas report was released
early in December and, already, there are indications it might have
been better if it had been kept secret Until January.

Mr. Jack Frost, spokesman for the U.N. Secretary General, in an ABC
Television interview on December 18th expressed misgivings and said
he hoped the report will create no disharmony ii. the Christmas sea-
son of peace and goodwill.

"Copies have been sent to all member nations", Mr. Frost said, "and
through the U.N. Public Information Department, the world media has
been given this information. The widest possible comment is invi-
ted, but it is hoped that public expression of opinion will be re-
strained and objective". -continued-

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Last April, financed by a grant from the European Development Bank,
the U.N. General Assembly commissioned the United Nations Child-
ren's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to prepare this report. Guidelines
were set out and UNICEF was instructed "to investigate and report
on the operations of Santa Claus in his annual distribution of
gifts to children and other matters related thereto".

Putting together a team of expert investigators, UNICEF launched
an intensive fact-finding mission world wide, and indepth evidence
was taken from parents, children and the general public,

The 10,000 word report has now been released. It is a comprehen-
sive document but it does not make pleasant reading. Unpalatable
facts have been brought to light. But, they are documented facts
which must be faced.

In plain words, Santa Claus has been accused of discrimination, Not
class discrimination. Not colour discrimination. Nor, is it
ideological discrimination. The charge against him is economic dis-

On page 743 of the report, the investigating team sums up this al-
leged discrimination as follows:-

"From the overwhelming evidence before us, we can come to no
other conclusion but that the number and quality of gifts
distributed by Santa Claus to children are in direct propor.
tion to the financial ability of the parents of those child-
ren to purchase such gifts. Further, it is clear to us that,
in cases where poor parents are unable to purchase gifts,
Santa Claus makes no distribution whatsoever to the children
of that family"

That statement has serious implications. They cannot be ignored
but they should not be considered in isolation. There's another
side of the story. Santa's side,

Making a special trip to the U.N. last August, the old man made a
personal appearance before the investigating team, and his testi-
mony is embodied in Annex "A" of the report.

Santa emphatically denies the charge of discrimination. His policy
of gift distribution has never changed, he says. Every boy and.
girl should receive a present at Christmas. According to him, it
is a basic part of the commemoration of the birth of the Christ

But, he testified, there are difficulties. It is not easy to keep
his records up to date and there are thousand of new names which
should be added to his list every year. Santa's difficulty, he says,
has been to get those names.


He checks telephone directories, social registers and other pub-
lished documents. These are the sources available to him but they
are inadequate. They tend to cover only the well-to-do. As he
testified, old Santa was close to tears. He has been quite un-
able to get the names and addresses of many poor children, he said,
and this distresses him.

The St. Nicholas Report makes recommendations which, in due course,
will be considered by the United Nations General Assembly. How-
ever, at Santa's insistence, it has been decided that a worldwide
appeal be made that recommendation 15A is to be implemented immed-

That recommendation reads:-

"Parents and guardians whose children are already
on Santa's list should accept the responsibility to
see that the name of at least one needy child is in-
cluded on that list" .

Th*t would clear Santa of the discrimination charge.
so spread a little more of the Christmas joy.

It would al-



Cythia Iughes

31st December IQR3

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Alister & Cynthia Hughes,Journalists
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