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West Kingston children affected by May 2010 operation to receive counselling

Published:Thursday | October 20, 2016 | 10:51 AM

Justice Minister, Delroy Chuck, says two restorative justice centres are to be established in west Kingston before year end to provide counseling to the more than 2,500 children who were impacted by the May 2010 police-military operation.

In a statement to the House of Representatives yesterday Chuck said one centre will be placed in Tivoli Gardens while the other will be in Denham Town.

Restorative justice is a system of criminal justice which focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community at large.

According to Chuck, in September, teachers and students from schools in west Kingston participated in training sessions on restorative justice at the Ministry of Justice.

Chuck said the ministry placed emphasis on West Kingston because of a critical recommendation made by the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry into the May 2010 operations by the security forces to execute an extradition warrant on former Tivoli don Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.

The three-member panel recommended that there should be continuous counseling for the more than 2,500 children who were impacted by the violence which left 73 civilians and a soldier dead.

The justice minister noted that some counseling took place shortly after the incursion but said the two centres would be established to ensure maximum effect and recovery.

At the same time, the justice minister also announced that students will be trained in the principles of restorative justice.

He said the training exercise will be rolled out in schools next year.