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It is not too hard to impersonate a police officer in Panamá, about $20 and a trip to your local El Machetazo store. This store is the same as a Walmart or Asda selling a multiple array of supplies ranging from food items to bedding.

I went to the store above, located in La Chorrera just outside of Panamácity where I purchased over the counter everything needed to become a police commissioner for little over $20, with no questions asked and no ID required.

I purchased my second hand army fatigue uniform in Miami from a place called the “Swap Shop” located on Sunrise Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, a place rather like a super-sized car boot sale where people sell their unwanted items, with the purchase of the $5 Ex-army uniform headed to Panamá, went directly to El Machetazo to purchase my rank as police commissioner.

Then with a little help from a good friend in Panama City they sewed the badges onto my uniform.


This lack of national security by the government begs belief, no wonder criminals can dress up in police disguises, it is most possible that many of the general public have either been robbed or killed using this simple method, on many occasions criminals are captured wearing Panamanian police uniforms, below is an example of that.


Pictured 3rd from left: Commisionado Elsa Garzon Chief of Police for tourism Panamá

When police commissioners Elsa Garzon visited at my property in the Darien on a 2 day working project I wore my uniform one evening to show that I also was a police commissioner with the same rank as level as her, her and her team were extremely surprised and amazed to see how easy it was for anyone, especially a tourist like me to acquire a police uniform so easily.

Newspaper Stories:

Man Arrested With Fake Police Uniforms

A man in his car was arrested by police officers in the area of ​​Santa Cruz, Curundú.

During the verification of the subject and his car he was found to have a fake police uniform.

It was learned that the subject was engaged in installing fake police checkpoints to commit his crimes.

The suspect was taken to the police station in Curundú

Would-Be Crooks Wearing Police Uniform

The National Police dismantled a band composed of five subjects, who were in a car parked in El Dorado. One of the offenders was wearing a uniform of the National Police, which drew the attention of a police patrol in the area. This band was in a green sedan from La Cabima, where additionally they were detected to be in possession of two 38 caliber weapons, a 9 mm, tools, and a toy gun. Apparently, the crooks were planning to rob a store at the El Dorado mall. (Critica)

The lawyer Rogelio Cruz, who is defending the high profile detainee identified as Fermin Antonio Taveras Ramirez, who is allegedly the second suspect in the kidnapping and murder of five young people in La Chorrera, insisted he did not violate any rules in the jail of the National Police based in Ancon when he visited his client, and giving him a wristwatch with an integrated cell phone that had been sent by a relative.

After this case came to light in the news media, Cruz said he was unaware that the watch had an integrated cell phone, and he said on the channel 13 Telemetro news broadcast that those who committed an inappropriate action were the officers of the National Police, who are working in the jail where Taveras is being held. Cruz said the attitude of the police officers was arbitrary.

The final item of clothing needed was a bullet proof jacket that was purchased off eBay for £49, total cost to be a police man £60

British American Foundation Fights for the Human Right to have safe Medical


San Jose Hospital, La Palma, Darien Panamá or a hospital located in war torn Syria!


President Varela classes “San Jose hospital” as acceptable, The President has done nothing in his last five years for the people of Darien compared to the affluent areas of Panama! The Embera are still marginalised.


Going back as far as 2009 this hospital has been in hemerage mode, but we at British American Foundation filmed this hospital showing the serious failings by previous governments, including to days, still no serious support, or help has been forth coming.
We at Panama Human ask the question, why these Panamania’s voices are not being heard ! they are treated not as people, but as disgarded garbage.The people of Darien had no choice, or no control over where they were born, but they are now paying the price for being born under the Panamista government.

The Darien region is so hostile to humans, the jungle holds many dangerous animals and plants, but for the Emberea Wounnan tribe who live in this remote tidal area have a huge problem when they do have to navigate to hospital, sometimes caring there young, they are penniless, homeless and with no where to go and without any government support, most sleep ruff outside on the streets, the hospital only accepts patients and with no facility for parents.

Below is an example of the treacherous conditions Indians face in making the trek to hospital, some times with fatal consequences, especially when time is not on your side, and suffering with a snake bite.

Well people of Darien your time has come an uprising is on the horizon, you will have your day and a chance to vote, you will be heard, you will have a hospital fit for purpose come May 2019.

5 Meter Long Boa Constrictor Swallowed A Man Whole In The Darien

A huge boa constrictor that was more than 5 meters (16 feet) long swallowed a man whole.

This incident - which has not been confirmed by the authorities - took place in the jungle community of Embera-Wounaan ethnicity, known as Sierpe, in the Darien province.

The incident was reported on 30 January this year, when natives of the community caught the reptile that was moulting or shedding its skin.

At the same time, when they saw the snake in the Darien jungle, they noticed that the lump inside of the snake was shaped like a human being.

The reptile was caught by hunters and taken to the community by more than a dozen men.

The snake measured the length of a "red devil" bus - those that are used in the capital.

When the huge reptile was cut open they found the body of a dark skinned man inside, which was already in an advanced state of decomposition.

All that happened to the amazement of those present.

In order to get to that community one must cross the Santa Barbara river.

After removing the body of the unidentified person, the tribal chiefs proceeded to perform a ritual for the soul of the body, which was later buried.

The community bears the name "Serpie" which in the Embera-Wounaan language means "Snake".

It was learned that when traveling to that place, between the trails in the jungle, one always encounters all kinds of snakes.

After the fact, the rumour about the unusual event ran for three days through all of the Darien communities, and only recently reached the ears of the officers of the State Border Service, a source revealed.

Besides the Indians daily concerns about being attacked by animals they have the added problem with rebbable groups raiding there communities.

There were multiple conflicts between the government and indigenous groups regarding decisions affecting indigenous land. The Ngabe Bugle and the Naso continued to clash with the government over the issue of hydroelectric plants on territorial lands, and one violent confrontation near the Barro Blanco dam project left four indigenous persons and three police agents injured.

Indigenous communities continued to fight against illegal settlements on their land. No violent clashes involving indigenous people were confirmed.

In February the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the Embera-Wounaan on an appeal for constitutional rights violations in a 2011 case pertaining to land issues in the Embera-Wounaan Comarca. In February the Inter-American Court of Human PANAMA 24 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2014 United States Department of State • Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour

Rights heard the case of the Guna of Madungandi and the Embera of Bayano against the government for not protecting adequately and effectively the ancestral territories and resources of these groups after the construction of a hydroelectric dam in 1976.

Nevertheless, many indigenous persons misunderstood their rights and failed to employ legal channels when threatened because they did not have an adequate command of the Spanish language.

Societal and employment discrimination against indigenous persons was widespread. Employers frequently did not afford indigenous workers basic rights provided by law, such as a minimum wage, social security benefits, termination pay, and job security. Labourers in the country’s sugar, coffee, and banana plantations (the majority of whom were indigenous persons) continued to work in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions. Employers were less likely to provide adequate housing or food to indigenous migrant labourers, and indigenous children were much more likely to work long hours of farm labour than non indigenous.

This is what Varels calls acceptable, these Indians who struggle to get to a hospital with snake bites, cancer or infections are then treated in a Syrian styled bombed out hospital in deplorable conditions and limited medication. Indians are the life blood for tourism in Panama’s growing economy and play a vital role in protecting the natural jungle regions of Panama, how can this President sit back as a practising Catholic and allow these human right violation to take place and living only 5 hours away from this hospital, this truly does begs belief to how human this person really is!


Most likley the British American Foundation has delivered more containers to Darien than the president himself, the below PDF show just some of the shipping containers sent to Balboa port in their onward journey to Darien.


​Hopefully now reality has set in and you know just how much the President does care about his people and others by reading this site.

You can count on one hand the amount of times he has visited Darien through out his presidency compared to the prosperous side of panama, this type of profiling by a president is totally UN Panamanian.


Viewing this TVN2 documentry below shows that this government has not provided any substantial help to this neglected community, the main reason for this and other presidents in turning a blind eye to supplying humanitarian aid.


The underlying issue is that this Provence does not contribute its fare share of tax revenue, this regions population contains mainly indigenous communities do not pay tax as they eat what they grow what is left over at the end of a season is usually sold in La Palma to buy basic supplies. All but one of the beds in the hospital shown in the TVN documentary were occupied by Embera and are the ones most affected regarding health. When Indians do arrive, they are in extremely poor health as most of the communities have no funds to trek a long distance to the hospital, so instead rely on their local witch craft doctor for a fix, when the witch doctor fails, the patient arrives in La Palma in seriously bad condition.


Hospital La Palma was not the only receiptent of beds, pictured below a delivery of beds going to Llano Bonito, Darien


Poor health, that’s if they have not aready die in there community, undocumented deaths and burials are common and go without any ortopsy taking place, or truly knowing the cause of death.

Cementary Mogue Darien

Every hospital bed and childrens cots shown in the TVN-2 documentry were not provided by the President Juan Carls Varela, or the First Lady, not even the Ministry of Salud, but by myself and every member of the British American Foundation located 3500 miles away, the president lives only 125 miles away.The TVN-2 documentry would have been more damming if we had not replaced all the hospital beds including the nursery, even the chair this Embera lady’s is sitting on was provided by the British American Foundation.

Pictured cots and office supplies donated to San Jose hospital, La Palma. Same cots as shown in TVN-2 documentary - top left. Bottom left is the actual video of the true conditions of La Palma hospital before the British American Foundation was involved.

Mum and baby relaxing on one of the new beds supplied

The British American Foundation is a charity and is regestered as a (Not- for profit) organisation and is legally regestered in the United Kingdom with the charity commission and has its full compliment of board of goveners. The charity was recognaised by the Panamanian ambassador to London Lilliana Hernandez.

What’s the price for saving a child's life!

Something as simple as a child's blood pressure unit was also sent on the doctors laundry list of urgently required items. You would think that the government of Panama would have supplied this most basic of medical products, but sadly no. The doctors desperately needed blood pressure machines that worked, as only only ones they had, fitted adults and could not be adapted for children as the Velcro strap was to large and not suitable children's and babies arms.

Thankfully this request reached us before another container was being shipped and many machines were added fore filling all the hospitals medical requests.


Panama to date has not had the courtesy to reply to a single letter written to the Panamanian Embassy in London 2016 / 2017 about my human right abuses, but when the letter above was received by the Panamanian Ambassador in 2009 concerning donations, and funds raised, the ambassador responds within two days, to date, a year and a half later still no response letter received from the Panama Embassy - London.

Sadly prior to my incarceration into La Joya two 40 foot containers were being loaded for Panama, all products were date sensitive, everything had to be destroyed and sent to a local landfill in the UK. This made me extremely angry and sad be causes I was innocent of the charge, but the implications of a small majority of people caused hundreds of people to go without through one greedy family in Nuevo Paritilla, Darien.


Doctors have been protesting as far back as 2009 shown in the video below. It has been nearly 10 years since we filmed, now in 2018 Human right abuses still persist and the Panamanian government still will not listen to you, the people.

The British American Foundation was established to plug the gap in aid where the state has failed to fore fill its morals duty’s by securing the wellbeing and good health of its indigenous people.

This has been born out when the state forcibly took tribal land to build a hydroelectric dam with no compassion or understanding for the people who had lived there some 1000’s of years before this alien outsider, Juan Carlos Varela came into town.

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