US human rights report cites refusal of APNU+AFC to accept election result – -mentions arrest of Christopher Jones, death of Cecil Sampat

The refusal of the APNU+AFC government to accept defeat in the March 2, 2020 elections, the arrest of Opposition Chief Whip Christopher Jones and the killing of a man by the police last year were some of the issues highlighted in the US State Department’s 2020 Country Report on Human Rights Practices here.

In looking at the country’s elections and political participation, the report pointed to the December 2018 successful no-confidence motion against the coalition government which mandated that national elections be held by March of the following year.

“Several rounds of litigation initiated by the coalition government and opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) delayed the elections until March 2, 2020,” the report said.