The African Student Union at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine, has launched an online petition for Dr Avinash Sawh, whose racist comments were shared online, to have his medical licence revoked.
In the petition (available online here: https://bit.ly/3nyisyW) said Dr Sawh’s comments, in which he referred to Afro-Trinidadians as ‘monkeys’ and called members of the police service as ‘dunce n***ers’, revealed a prejudicial bias as per the Equal Opportunity Act:
‘The Equal Opportunity Act No. 69 of 2000 prohibits the “discrimination of persons on grounds of sex, race, ethnicity, origin, marital status, religion or disability.”’
‘Dr Avinash Sawh’s recently documented behaviour reveals a prejudicial bias against African nurses and by extension colonial attitudes towards those of African descent, who make up over a third of our population. Racist beliefs like these cannot facilitate a safe working environment for African healthcare professionals and patients.’