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Draconian laws won't curb crime

Published:Friday | July 8, 2016 | 12:00 AM


When I read that "fundamental rights and freedoms guaranteed to Jamaicans may have to be abrogated, abridged or infringed," I couldn't help but raise an eyebrow and wonder what this is going to mean for the average citizen. This is a very slippery slope.

We live in a society where, historically, the success of political parties has been predicated on keeping the masses illiterate, and now that it has spiralled out of control, we want to threaten taking away basic human rights?

Mind you, it will not be the AG's basic human rights that will be abrogated, it will be the average Joe who doesn't have a voice who will end up bearing the brunt of these proposed policies, in turn breeding further resentment for the system that has been against him for so long.

Criminals should face the full force of the law, but not at the expense of our basic human rights. The fundamental problem with Jamaica is that there is no hope. A child growing up in the ghetto, besides migrating, excelling at athletics, or being short of a genius has no way of escaping the circumstances of his birth.

So instead of infringing on basic human rights, which has not been proven to reduce crime, why not try to address the root of the problem. In fact, America is now realising that many of the laws implemented to combat violence and drugs in black neighbourhoods only perpetuated the problem.

We need to come together as a country to create more jobs, grow the economy, stop selling our land and assets to foreigners, educate people about family planning, and develop a skilled workforce.