Allow private prosecution in Tivoli massacre
THE EDITOR, Sir:
This is an open letter to Prime Minister Andrew Holness.
During the recently concluded Budget Debate, you made some very profound statements about the right to life. We wish to explore these statements with you in terms of how they relate to the ongoing struggle for justice for the people of West Kingston and Tivoli Gardens stemming from the May 2010 security forces’ operation.
You stated that the “first duty of government is to protect, preserve and promote life. All other rights follow from the right to life”. Prime Minister Holness, your words are profound. There is hardly anyone who would not agree with you that “the Government must set the example: the wrongs of the past must be acknowledged and an apology offered to the victims of state-inflicted violence ...”.
The Tivoli Committee calls on you to use your office to encourage the director of public prosecutions, in the interest of the public good, not to hinder private prosecution in the 2010 West Kingston massacre. We call upon you to publicly support our quest for justice.
Convenor, Tivoli Committee