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Vasciannie says rights groups exaggerating

Published:Tuesday | October 28, 2014 | 2:38 PM
Jamaica’s ambassador to the United States, Stephen Vasciannie. - File

Debbie-Ann Wright, News Editor - Radio



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States has told the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) that local rights groups are exaggerating claims that they are being persecuted by the State.




The IACHR was told this morning that in the last six months human rights groups such as Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) have been threatened with prosecution as they carry out their work.



The comments relate to statements by youth minister Lisa Hanna that the State was looking at whether anyone should be held criminally responsible for an unauthorised sexual education programme administered by JFJ in several children’s homes.



However, Programme Manager at the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All sexual and Gays (J-FLAG), Jaevion Nelson, says such statements appear to be threats towards JFJ for the work it is doing.



However, Professor Vasciannie said the State has to make a decision about what children in its care should be exposed to, especially if the material appears to promote activities which are illegal in Jamaica.



He denied that the state’s action in the matter amounted to persecution of human rights groups.



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