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Missed opportunity rejecting prison deal

Published:Monday | January 23, 2017 | 12:00 AM


I write in reference to Dujon Russell's well-written and compelling letter titled 'Prison snub an affront to human rights', published in your newspaper on January 17, 2016.

The assertions made by Kamina Johnson Smith were frightening. She argued that national security concerns could arise if the Government gave the public, who has a right to know about these significant issues, the full details about why the United Kingdom prison deal was rejected.

The Government acknowledged that the prisoners are suffering in degrading conditions that they are forced to live in, and they accept that the rights of the prisoners are being abused. Still, they do not see it as a matter of priority to act in the interest of the prisoners.

There are persons who believe that we were insulted by this deal and that we should not be taking up the responsibility of other countries, that is, for the 300 prisoners that were to be transferred to Jamaica as part of the deal.

Do these same persons think about how much more insulting it will be for us when the Government is sanctioned by international organisations for not treating the human rights of the prisoners as priority because they have other things on their plates?

I urge the persons who are opposing this deal to see Russell's letter for what it is - rational, humanitarian and objective.

Sharon McIntosh

Pensacola, Florida