February 18, 2012
Prime Minister David Cameron
10 Downing Street
ATTN: Prime Minister David Cameron
RE: Invitation of James Alix Michel on Piracy Matters and Somalia Stability
Dear Prime Minister Cameron:
I am writing to you concerning the recent letter of invitation by Mr.
James Michel to you to visit Seychelles and your subsequent invitation to Mr. Michel, to attend a conference on the situation in Somalia and the ongoing piracy crisis in the region that is affecting mercantile trade in the region.
Firstly, I commend your efforts to establish an initiative to address in a serious manner the instability in Somalia that has affected all countries in the World and the Seychelles has not gone unscathed by piracy as you know.
The letter of invitation by Mr. Michel to ask you to visit Seychelles on holiday is a traditional publicity stunt sent to sitting Prime Ministers in the UK to drape his communist regime with apparent legitimacy in the eyes of the Public at home and abroad. United Kingdom ex Prime Minister Tony Blair, your predecessor fell prey to the stunt, and I trust you will not after being put on "Notice" of the same.
As you know, the Seychelles is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations and became a multi-party democracy in name in 1993. However, since that time, particularly from 2006 onwards, after Mr. Michel took power, the Seychelles has systematically registered a degradation of its position in the regards to respect of Fundamental Human Rights in the country, This degradation is reflected in Freedom House reports on the situation in Seychelles, Amnesty International reports, and most recently, the UN Commission on Human Rights, sanctioned the Seychelles government for not filing "a single annual country report on Human Rights violations”, required under international treaties and UN obligations, which Seychelles is a signing party. Most recently, there has been an attempt to engage the government in democratic electoral reforms, which involve revoking one party state law’s still intact for over 18 years after we signed a multiparty constitution.
In the last Presidential Elections held in May, though the Commonwealth Observer Team called the elections "Credible", they did not say the process was "Free or Fair". The underlying rational behind that was that the campaign of Mr. Michel was overtly and openly funded by Sheik Khalifa of the UAE to the tune of over 4% of the GDP for the year 2011. In addition, the PRC has funded his regime to keep it in power now for over 34 years. With the PRC interest in establishing a military base in the Indian Ocean, in Victoria and Coetivy Island, the Michel regime has received more than a reasonable amount of financial assistance from the PRC to keep it afloat. This has included the full financing of the Judiciary building, the full financing the National Assembly building, and the supply of arms ammunition, the use of which, have no conditions attached. The Michel regime systematically uses the pretext of the fight against piracy to build up armaments, and equipment, but it goes without say, that his government will use the same equipment on his own people when the time so comes.
Past events in Seychelles are a good indication of what may well happen in the future. The Michel regime, has deep un-severed roots with the Rene dictatorship that lasted from 1977-1993, then through the manipulation of state funds and largess has now evolved into the Michel regime today. Additionally, the Michel regime still operates a state sponsored thug police network that is used to victimize political opponents. Last year on the eve of Presidential elections, our party vehicle was shot with a 9mm by a state thug. When we wrote to Mr. Michel on the matter, after "Four Sendings", he has failed to reply even once. In addition to this, our office was broken into by state thugs, equipment and printing press stolen and broken. When we wrote to Mr. Michel on the matter, after Four Sendings, he failed to reply. Our Secretary General Mr. Jean Paul Isaac has been detained twice by his government without charges, and beaten to near death once, only to be released before Christmas 2010. Because of our sincere approach to resisting this communist regime, my garage was set ablaze in 2011. After writing to Mr. Michel, we received no reply, and no investigation followed the criminal act.
While Mr. Michel visits you in the UK, I ask that you impress on him the importance of implementing true democratic reforms in Seychelles.
For this, the UK and the Commonwealth should hold Mr. Michel's hands to the fire. Secondly, I ask that you impress on him the instability he poses to the World beyond the Somalia situation, when he invites PRC to set up a military base in the Seychelles.
I thank you for your time, and earnest consideration of the points highlighted.
Seychelles Freedom Party
Republic of Seychelles